Argument: Arizona immigration law is indecent, mean-spirited, un-American

Issue Report: Arizona illegal immigration law


Shakira: “It is unjust and it’s inhuman, and it violates the civil and human rights of the Latino community … It goes against all human dignity, against the principles of most Americans I know.”[1]

Richard Cohen. “In Arizona, immigration creates another Tea Party moment.” Washington Post. April 27th, 2010: “Arizona’s draconian new immigration law is an abomination — racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust. About the only hopeful thing that can be said is that the legislation, which Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed Friday, goes so outrageously far that it may well be unconstitutional.”

“Arizona goes over the edge.” New York Times Editorial. April 17th, 2010: “The Arizona Legislature has just stepped off the deep end of the immigration debate, passing a harsh and mean-spirited bill that would do little to stop illegal immigration.”

“Arizona law will invite racial profiling.” Wiked Local. May 3, 2010: “It’s not the American way of doing things to single out residents by their language or looks so they can be rounded up and thrown in jail.

It’s not the American way to ask people for their ‘papers’ because of the color of their skin.

It’s not the American way to create second-class citizens. […] Preserve the American way, Congress: Fix the immigration system.”