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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 27, 2010 7:30 AM

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Immigration law an affront to basic rights

Until last week, I was never ashamed to be an American citizen.

However, when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Senate Bill 1070, I could begin to see the point where freedom is quashed. The bill requires police “when practicable” to question people about their immigration status if officials are suspicious that the person in question is an illegal immigrant, and all immigrants must have proof of legal status. Anybody who is not carrying immigration papers will face a misdemeanor charge, regardless of their legal status.

How are we supposed to entertain the notions of democracy and personal freedom when we require all people to now carry around proof of their legal eligibility to be in this country, regardless of citizenship? Furthermore, in spite of Brewer’s assumptions, how can police officials avoid ethnic profiling when determining “reasonable suspicion” of illegal status? This is an extremely subjective stance to have and also a slippery slope that could lead to dangerous repercussions in this country.

How long until other states adopt similar measures?

Immigration in this country is a large problem and surely more pronounced in states that border Mexico, Arizona included. However, there already exists an Arizona state law that was passed in 2007 requiring employers to check Social Security cards and providing penalties that do not check.

Actual enforcement of this law would be a better way to fight the process of illegal immigration, as opposed to asking anybody that looks “different” (read: Latino) to submit official documentation.

Let’s continue to fight illegal immigration using existing laws, rather than create a police state using shortsighted legislation. While fixing the problem of immigration should be a top priority, an even greater priority should be the protection of the constitutional rights of all Americans, Latino or otherwise.

Kyle Moody
UI teaching assistant, journalism department

Hats off to UI officials

In response to an April 23 letter in The Daily Iowan decrying the university for supporting the 21-ordinance, I respond that I, too, am paying for a quality education from a great school. And I am damn sick of dodging puke stains while I am walking from one part of campus to another.

So, as an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, I say bravo to the university for standing up to the teenagers who come to Iowa City to party under the pretense of getting a great education.

Annie Tye
UI student

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