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SB 1070 April 2010

Photos from the vigil at the capitol

UFW: Polarizing anti-immigrant bill targets Latinos and farm workers

United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement from the union’s Keene, Calif. headquarters upon learning of the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s decision to sign Senate Bill 1070 targeting immigrants in Arizona.

Enacting legislation to put local police officers on the front lines of America’s failed immigration policies is both unfair and unfortunate. How can untrained police officers apply a fair standard by arresting people on the basis of a suspicion they are in the United States illegally, usually on the basis of the color of their skin or the language they speak?

Will an undocumented immigrant from Ireland be accosted? Probably not. Will Latino fathers bringing their sons to Little League baseball camp be targeted? Perhaps. Will the thousands of farm workers who harvest our food be automatic suspects? Certainly.

Would Cesar Chavez’s be a suspect in the state of his birth and where his grandfather homesteaded a small family farm in the North Gila River Valley near Yuma? You bet. This bill not only singles out Latinos, but it specifically discriminates against those with dark complexion and humble attire.

The United Farm Workers and the agricultural industry negotiated the most bipartisan broadly supported immigration reform measure in the United States Congress: the AgJobs bill letting undocumented farm workers earn the right to permanently stay in this country by continuing to work in agriculture. It may become a model for a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Bringing people together is never easy. Bridging emotional and racial divisions is even more difficult. Polarizing people makes it impossible.

Arizona produces much of the nation’s winter vegetables. We invite the governor and Legislature to work with us and the growers in Arizona and across the country to make AgJobs a model for immigration reform, one that respects the laws of our country and the labor of those who feed us.

Today somewhere between one-half and three-quarters of the U.S. farm labor workforce is undocumented. Agricultural employment is often the entry point for new migrants to this country. We need to end the fear and help improve the lives of the immigrant farm workers whose sweat and sacrifice bring the rich bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables to our tables. They do the hardest, most difficult jobs other American workers won’t do. They pay taxes but enjoy few, if any, benefits while performing some of the most important work in our nation-feeding America and much of the world.

The Arizona anti-immigrant bill is not the answer. The answer comes from AgJobs and comprehensive immigration reform.

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Sunday, April 25th, from 12 PM to 2 PM, Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, AZ, 1700 W. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85007
Join us and Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez in PHOENIX on Sunday to either celebrate Governor Brewer’s veto, or hear how Arizona and the nation will move forward in the face of this new law.

C-Span: President Obama Regarding Arizona’s SB 1070

 On the 17th Anniversary of Cesar’s Passing: Inspiring words from Cesar Chavez that are very relevant in todays debate around immigration reform.

"Like the other immigrant groups, the day will come when we win the economic and political rewards which are in keeping with our numbers in society. The day will come when the politicians do the right thing by our people out of political necessity and not out of charity or idealism."

4/22/10: Radio Campesina has been live all day on site

4/22/10: Evening vigil w/more than 1,000 people

4/22/10: More than 2,000 students gather at the capitol

4/22/10: more than 2,000 students at capitol

News Articles

The Arizona Republic: Arizona immigration bill ignites outcry from students and Latino advocates
MSNBC: Obama slams pending Ariz. immigration law – Politics-    
Fox 11: Thousands of students flock to Capitol to protest SB1070    
Rachel Maddow Show: Assessing Immigration Status Through Shoes    
Arizona Daily Star: 200+ gather to push for immigration bill’s veto
KPHO: PHX Vice Mayor: If Bill Passes, Everyone Should Prove Citizenship – Phoenix News Story – KPHO Phoenix
KOLD: Rep. Grijalva calls for a boycott of Arizona – KOLD News 13
Arizona Central: National Identity Card now a must? blogs

LA Times: Cardinal Mahony criticizes Arizona immigration bill–Head of L.A.’s Catholic archdiocese likens the bill to techniques used by Nazis and Communists.

The Arizona Republic: Governor should muster courage to veto bad bill
04/20/2010 Protests begin as immigration bill waits on governor’s desk
04/20/2010 Arizona immigration bill under fire in Washington
The Washington Independent: Arizona Senate Passes Controversial Immigration Bill
The Packer: Pending Arizona law could hurt produce firms
NYTimes, Editorial – Arizona Goes Over the Edge on Immigration

Arizona Daily Star Editorial: Racial profiling, SB 1070 will go hand in hand
Arizona Daily Star: Our view: Documenting Hispanics should not be the job of our local police–Racial profiling, SB 1070 will go hand in hand
Latina Lista (blog): Arizona’s new law makes it "open season" on the state’s Latino population