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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

(Mr. BACA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. BACA. I stand to voice my strong opposition to the new Arizona law, S.B. 1070. This is an unjust law, inspired by hate and racism. The new law opens the door to serious civil rights abuses, and will lead to racial profiling of Latinos and Latinas in Arizona and people of color.

It is unconstitutional, violating the 4th and 14th amendments. This new law will create a division between people who are asked for legal documents and those that are not. Anyone who values fairness is opposed to this kind of hate and should not spend one cent of money in Arizona except to create jobs.

I urge Americans to show their support of the boycott by wearing red, yellow, and blue wristbands. This misguided law is another example why we must act now. We need Republicans to stand with Democrats in a bipartisan fashion to support comprehensive reform now.

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