Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mexican president bashes Arizona immigration law (Updated)

On the same day that Arizona controversial immigration law was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer Mexico’s legislature condemned the measure. The Mexican government has not remained quiet and has also joined the growing backlash against the edict.

"Criminalizing immigration, which is a social and economic phenomena, this way opens the door to intolerance, hate, and discrimination," Mexican president Felipe Calderon said yesterday. Calderon added that the law- which permits police to check the immigration status of Arizonans suspected of not having proper papers- “doesn’t adequately guarantee respect for people’s fundamental rights.” Calderon said that he would bring up the law when he meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington next month.

Aside from Calderon other Mexican officials have played hardball against the new law. Earlier today the Mexican exterior ministry issued a travel warning to “all Mexicans visiting, living, or studying in the state of Arizona.” In addition, the annual Sonora-Arizona Commission meeting scheduled for June was cancelled yesterday by the Mexican border state’s governor as a protest against the new measure.

Meanwhile, some conservative commentators and Republicans have voiced concern over individual liberties in their opposition to the law. Through Sen. John McCain called the law “a good tool” his daughter Meghan blasted it for giving “the state police a license to discriminate, and also, in many ways, violates the civil rights of Arizona residents." Aside from Latino grassroots Republicans, one key Cuban-American GOP legislator spoke out against the measure:
The measure also drew reaction from U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Miami.

``I strongly disagree with the Arizona immigration law,'' said Diaz-Balart. ``It alters American tradition and long-standing policy making immigration law enforcement a federal matter.

``And it strikes fear in the hearts of many American citizens and legal residents,'' said the congressman, who has long championed comprehensive immigration reform.
Update: Cuban-American politico and GOP Senate candidate for Florida Marco Rubio also blasted the Arizona immigration law.

Al Jazeera English (“Illegal immigrants regularly cross the border between Arizona and Mexico to seek jobs in the US.”)
Online Sources- The Latin Americanist, Reuters, BusinessWeek, Voice of America, Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, New York Times, CBS News, Miami Herald

1 comment:

Vicente Duque said...

Video of Sheriff Clarence Dupnik from Pima county Arizona, comprises the big city of Tucson : 'We didn't need the law' - Unconstitutional - Irresponsible to enforce this law

See the video at the bottom - There is a little advertising of 15 seconds in this video.

The Pima county of the bravest sheriff in Arizona and America limits with Mexico and seems to have big Indian Population of the Pima tribe, also Tucson is located in Pima.

CNN Reports: Sheriff Clarence DupnikThe Pima County, Arizona, sheriff told KGUN9 News in Tucson that state Senate Bill 1070 to deter illegal immigration is a "racist law." He said he has no intention of complying with it.

According to the TV station, Dupnik becomes the first major local law enforcement official to rebel against the bill since Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed it into law Friday.

From Wikipedia I extract :

Pima County is a county in the south central region of the U.S. state of Arizona. The county is named after the Pima American Indian tribe which was indigenous to the area. The population was 843,746 at the 2000 census. The county seat is Tucson,[1] where nearly all of the population is centered.

Pima County contains parts of the Tohono O'odham Nation, as well as all of the San Xavier Indian Reservation, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ironwood Forest National Monument and Saguaro National Park.

The vast majority of the county population lies in and around the city of Tucson (2005 city population: 529,770), filling much of the eastern part of the county with urban development. Tucson, Arizona's second largest city, is a major commercial and academic center. Other urban areas include the Tucson suburbs of Oro Valley (population 39,400), Marana (population 26,725), Sahuarita (population 13,990), and South Tucson (population 5,630), a large ring of unincorporated urban development, and the growing satellite town Green Valley. The rest of the county is sparsely populated; the largest towns are Sells, the capital of the Tohono O'odham Nation, and Ajo in the far western region of the county.



Vicente Duque