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duke51
05-07-2010, 10:34 AM
For the past days I have been troubled and continue to struggle internally with law 1070. As a Latina and as someone who believes in equality, I am deeply concerned about the impact Arizona's new immigration law will have on hard-working Latino families.

So, I decided to fly to Phoenix yesterday and see the situation first hand. I went to raise awareness about its dangerous consequences and offer my support to the Latino community and to those who defend human rights.

I'm not a citizen of the United States, but I've always been an admirer and defender of its principles. To the rest of the world, the United States represents the dream of a better life based on justice and freedom for everyone -- no matter the color of your skin. This law goes against those values and against the principles of every American I know.

I love America, and what America inspires in all of us. The knowledge that there were countries like America where opportunities exist and where everything is possible with, as President Roosevelt once said, "a bit of courage, hard work, self mastery and intelligent effort" inspired me, and so many millions of others, to try to succeed.

I don't want to see this law tarnish what this country stands for. If it goes into effect in the next few months, it will not only hurt thousands of hard working Latino families in Arizona, it will also hurt the spirits of the entire Latino community -- each of the 45 million Latinos who live and work in the U.S. and who help make this a better nation.

I can't help but wonder what the thousands of Hispanic soldiers who are overseas risking their lives serving this country might feel when they hear that a cousin or even their own mother or father have been detained in the street or arrested for not carrying documentation.

Are they supposed to hang their uniforms or keep on fighting?

This law not only hurts the whole state of Arizona but the fundamental core values of America, the fabric of society itself. The true victory of a democratic nation is when its people can walk the streets without fear. I'm sure if the founding fathers were witnesses today they would oppose Governor Brewer and urge this nation to protect the constitution they fought so hard to build.

Can anyone call a law that singles out all Latinos because of the color of their skin and leaves them vulnerable to abuse legal and constitutional?

Other states have already begun working on similarly unjust and unequal laws. If these laws are allowed to stand, they will deprive people of protection from the government and access to vital services like state hospitals, food and child care programs. It will divert police resources away from keeping families safe and it will hurt the businesses and communities that depend on Latinos.

Yesterday, I met with Latina women who have been victims of domestic violence. With tears in their eyes, they asked me what they were supposed to do to defend themselves or their children from their abusers now that the state has turned its back on them. Under the new law, they will be unable to go to a shelter or call the police to report the harm inflicted on them and their families for fear of being harassed or arrested.

http://www.shakira.com/news/

Read the rest of her blog.

Rollin Thunder
05-07-2010, 10:56 AM
If you want to come into this country legally, Welcome! Assimilate, learn the language and pursue whatever it is, that you are chasing. If you're coming here for financial gain and benefits, go back across the border and spent your time and energy changing your country into what you believe it should be.
I am too damn tired and beat up, trying to save my own country. I don't have time for you!
RT

PHMadness
05-07-2010, 12:12 PM
Yesterday, I met with Latina women who have been victims of domestic violence. With tears in their eyes, they asked me what they were supposed to do to defend themselves or their children from their abusers now that the state has turned its back on them. Under the new law, they will be unable to go to a shelter or call the police to report the harm inflicted on them and their families for fear of being harassed or arrested.

Um, go home? Get legal?

Michael T
05-07-2010, 12:38 PM
I agree or buy a machete and learn to defend your self.

duke51
05-07-2010, 12:39 PM
Isn't this disgusting. She is not even a citizen and thinks she should have a say in what we do in this country. I say deport her to.

mitchr
05-07-2010, 04:19 PM
Typical air-headed celebrity! They all think the sun rises & sets in themselves! She needs to be told to but out.

Lance39
05-07-2010, 05:29 PM
Speaking for myself, I never come down on any side of any issue until Shakira, Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin - and a few other fuzzy-brained celebrities - tell me what to think.

Bones
05-07-2010, 08:25 PM
Speaking for myself, I never come down on any side of any issue until Shakira, Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin - and a few other fuzzy-brained celebrities - tell me what to think.

Yup. What amazes me is how many people are completely unaffected by the fact that the AZ law is targeting people who are here ILLEGALLY. At no time is anyone suggesting that legal immigrants be penalized, neither is anyone suggesting that legal immigration be curtailed. The golden door is still open, yet still they whine.

Rollin Thunder
05-08-2010, 05:21 AM
Laws don't apply to these people. No comprender

brian c
05-08-2010, 11:45 AM
Shakira goes on to say :
"Parents whose son is fighting for the U.S. as an Army medic in Iraq who may not be here when he returns (son must be legal....they can also....)
* A young girl -- a U.S. citizen -- who may be left alone because her parents are taken from her ( parents came here and took advantage of bad, outdated law )
* A student with perfect grades whose dream of college is now in doubt." (dream of college off the backs of U.S. Citizens)


Kind of makes you go ...WTF ....eh amigoes?

duke51
05-08-2010, 11:48 AM
Shakira goes on to say :
"Parents whose son is fighting for the U.S. as an Army medic in Iraq who may not be here when he returns (son must be legal....they can also....)
* A young girl -- a U.S. citizen -- who may be left alone because her parents are taken from her ( parents came here and took advantage of bad, outdated law )
* A student with perfect grades whose dream of college is now in doubt." (dream of college off the backs of U.S. Citizens)




Kind of makes you go ...WTF ....eh amigoes?

Indeed WTF. ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL period! What don't they understand?