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Arizona's Immigration Law

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

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

Mr. BACA. Madam Speaker, last Friday, Arizona State Governor Jan Brewer signed into law Arizona State bill 1070 which would require police officers to act on ``reasonable suspicion'' to determine a person's immigration status and turn them over to ICE. President Obama referred to the law as ``misguided.''

Forcing Federal immigration duties onto local law enforcement officers is not the right way to fix the broken immigration system. It violates the presumption of innocence granted to everyone by the Constitution of the United States.

In fact, I as a Member of Congress because of the color of my skin may be approached in Arizona and be asked for my legal documentation. They may question whether it's authentic or not authentic.

This law is unjust and will only lead to an increase in racial profiling. We must never forget that America was a nation founded by immigrants.

I call on all of us to consider a national boycott of all industries in Arizona and to a wear a band on our sleeves to protest against this unjust law and to show that this is not the American way. We must not tolerate unjust laws inspired by racism and hate.

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