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martes, 27 de julio de 2010

Letter to Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona.

Letter sent on july 24th to the Governor of Arizona about Immigration law SB1070.

Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer

Governor Brewer,

Promoting a more ethical culture within your government must be a priority, maintaining public security, trust, and confidence is what a state does on behalf of the community.

Here in Mexico we believe that is essential and it is your responsibility to provide this to your fellow Arizonians. We also know that Immigration is a complicated issue, we understand completely and we are of course against illegal immigrants crossing any border.

But you and your consultants may have overlooked a few details in the implementation of SB1070 law. It has the broadest and strictest immigration measures ever, it would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. This could be an open invitation for harassment and discrimination against Hispanics regardless of their citizenship status.

Your government could not guarantee that the state police have proper training to carry out the law. How would officials know what constitutes reasonable suspicion that someone is in the United States illegally? Everyone would be a subject of sensitive surveillance skills of your police officers. This is not enough to guarantee proper police work in this matter.

A month ago a border patrol officer killed a 15 year old boy who refused to drop a rock. A month after that, another officer beat to death in front of his family a man that was not breaking any law. All this may have a reason hopefully, but what is to happen with those legal immigrants or visitors in your soil that can be suspects just for their looks or not speaking fluid English?

Governor with all due respect, it needs to be taken to consideration again, and it can be done without the high costs of uncertainty and doubt.

Mrs. Brewer as a leader you should believe in the value and the potential of every person. You are compromised to defend the right to life and work of the people, should actively support policies that offer women and men work opportunities regardless of their looks.

You said that 10 % of all marijuana produced in Mexico is transported by highly organized and compartmentalized Mexican drug trafficking organizations each year. And if that is true, you would probably have to consider a social and health problem as well, because someone in your state has to inhale or smoke all the drugs that are provided.

I would respectfully suggest that you may need to work on values in families and schools too, if you can encourage your youngsters in their future you would not have such a terrible drug problem.

You also said that "SB1070 Is necessary because of Mexican drug cartels and bodies in the desert." Dear Governor, the dead bodies in the desert are not the victims of crime committed by illegal immigrants, they're the immigrants themselves.

If you can recall, since January, bodies of 152 migrants have been found in Arizona´s desert, same number of murders in Phoenix in all of 2009. As you can see, It's far more dangerous to try to get into Arizona, than it is to live there.

Governor Brewer, we should not allow that our governments responsible for watching justice and fairness in our countries, contribute to divide us as persons as well, this is the true reason that terminates with our hopes and dignity of our people and soaks us in shame and regret.

" If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other "


Carlos Vilchis

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