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Letter to the Editor

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

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Arizona law promotes ethnic profiling

While I understand the need to take action on illegal immigration in this country, how could the new immigrant law in Arizona in any way take steps in the correct direction to tackle this problem?

This law, which I of course hope to see overturned, is nothing more than an outlandish statement — well, we hear you, Arizona. Loud and clear. That is at least what the numerous protests immediately following the passing of this law signify.

In a nation where we are striving to fight discrimination and promote equality for all, how can this sort of law that increases ethnic profiling benefit the nation?

While I recognize the attempt to solve a terrible problem, we are only dousing fuel into an ever-burning fire. The power granted to law enforcement will only amplify discrimination not only in Arizona but across the nation — which is already struggling to grasp the concept of equality for all.

Not to mention the already-overcrowded jails in this country.

While I would love to believe that this law is the step in the right direction, the most proactive plan to eliminate illegal immigration, it saddens me that this sort of blatant discrimination is what our society and state governments find to be “proactive.” Something just doesn’t sit right with me and this law.

I only hope that the protests and actions taken to display dissatisfaction continue.

Shannon Chrusciel
UI sophomore

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