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IMMIGRATION: Tacoma should boycott Arizona

Letter by Anders C. Ibsen, Tacoma on May 4, 2010 at 9:33 am | 55 Comments »
May 5, 2010 9:39 am

How many of us actually carry a birth certificate on our person? In Arizona, failing to do so may subject you to arrest if you “look” like an illegal immigrant.

Now what exactly does an illegal immigrant look like?

In reading this letter, did you imagine an Irishman or a Swede when you read the phrase “illegal immigrant”? Or, like many of us, did the image of a Latino person come to mind?

There lies the problem. This law is so hopelessly vague that it has the effect of making someone criminally suspect just for being brown. Some might say it was intended to do just that. As a devout believer in the ideals of our nation’s Constitution, that very idea makes me sick.

The City of Tacoma should lead by example and boycott the state of Arizona until this hideous law is repealed.

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