Socialist Party USA: ‘Repeal Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law’

Posted at http://socialistparty-usa.org/statements/repealaz420.html:

Passed by the Socialist Party USA People of Color Commission April 29, 2010

The Socialist Party USA calls for the immediate repeal of the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (SB 1070) in Arizona. This law sanctions racial profiling and gives cover to the repressive actions of officials such as the racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Further, we call for an immediate moratorium on all police raids of immigrant communities; we demand the closure of the immigrant detention camps and an end to the militarization of the US-Mexico border.

Arizona has become the epicenter of struggle for the rights of immigrants. The state offers the clearest example of the abject failure of the current immigration policies in the United States. These policies rely on the use of force – ICE raids and the border police – backed up by an equally brutal labor discipline that traps the undocumented in low-wage dead-end jobs. The results are well known – the splitting up of families, the death and criminalization of migrants and a race-to-the-bottom for work conditions and wages. A 2009 mass march in Phoenix, Arizona led by young people who had been separated from their undocumented parents and families highlighted the terrible human costs of these systematic attacks on immigrants. SB 1070 seeks to take this process a step further by transforming Arizona into the equivalent of a police state where anyone with brown skin becomes a suspect. In response, immigrant communities and their allies, all across the country, are mobilizing to demand an end to the repression.

Such fervor has not, however, made it to Washington, where Democrats are preparing reform legislation that amounts to more of the same. Much like the recent healthcare reform, immigration reform has been watered down to suit the needs of Republicans and employers. This is no surprise since, as a candidate, now President Barack Obama never fully distanced himself from the Republican’s positions on immigration: the border wall, more military presence on the border, and building more detention camps. Despite this, he still gained the support of mainstream immigration reform groups who slowed down a vibrant May 1st Immigrant Rights movement. The now disarmed movement was left without any commitments from Democratic candidates and with no plans to mobilize after the elections.

The current legislation under consideration will do little to address the problem. Bills such as “the Dream Act” of 2009, which would provide conditional permanent residency to a few immigrants who entered the country as minors or have “good moral character,” will not break the crisis in Arizona. Instead, such reforms attempt to paper-over the demands from immigrant communities in order to continue the cycle of militarization, repression and wage slavery.
Socialists have something significant to offer to the immigration reform discussion. We call for an unconditional amnesty program for all undocumented people. This demand is based on our desire to create a world in which everyone will be able to move freely across borders, to visit, to work and to live wherever they choose. Amnesty will also allow workers, documented and undocumented, to begin to advance serious demands for wages and benefits. Amnesty will move us out of the current immigration crisis and towards a society based on freedom.

Defeating SB 1070 is an urgent first step in this direction and the Socialist Party USA encourages our members and allies to join in this struggle.

¡No somos criminales, somos trabajadores internacionales!
¡Que viva la justicia y la dignidad de los migrantes unidos sin fronteras!”

7 thoughts on “Socialist Party USA: ‘Repeal Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law’

  1. Esmeralda G.

    This “LAW” is very ignorant and dumb. I’m HISPANIC(mexican) myself. I was born in the U.S. My father was born in Culiacan, Sinaloa,MX. We currently live in AZ, the fact that we are brown skin DOES NOT give the POLICE the right to pull us over and ask if we are legal or illegal. Thats called RACISM and it’s also violating the 4th amendment!!

  2. Angelsmom

    All states should follow the lead of Arizona, they are doing what is right for their citizens.
    Get real people..the police aren’t going to stop you for the color of your skin..it’s a ridiculous statement by many. Arz is only enforcing laws that are already set..I guess if the ones don’t like it they are free to move and go back to where they came from .
    I’m sick and tired off all using the raciest card.
    Get a life.
    Real Americans are no longer going to put up with illegals any longer. Not all, but many are feeding off States money that was intended for the hard working American that paid into it.
    NO MORE HAND-OUTS!!!!
    The drug problem and the violence that comes along with it , will NO Longer be tolerated..got it???
    Every illegal caught should prosecuted and returned to their own country at their countries expense.
    The USA is not a free ride. If you are not a legal citizen, be prepared to pay the consequences.
    The Law is the Law…follow it or get out!!!

  3. Hal

    This is rediculous.

    I live in Phoenix and I fully support this law. Too long has illegal immigration plagued Maricopa County. Phoenix is the abduction capital of the United States. These people are being abducted by Mexican cartels that run the boarder cities

    Why must immigrants who chose to come here legally play second fiddle to those who chose to immigrate illegally.

    Prop 1070 doesn’t say anything about looking for brown skin or mexicans either. In fact it strictly prohibits an officer from inquiring into ones legal status until the the person has already been arrested for breaking a previous law ( traffic stop, assault,theft, ect..) . Even then it requires reasonable doubt to inquire into ones legal status.

    The bill will become law. A majority of Arizonans support it. When it passes it’s will hopefully convince other boarder states to follow the lead.

  4. paulie Post author

    Too long has illegal immigration plagued Maricopa County. Phoenix is the abduction capital of the United States. These people are being abducted by Mexican cartels that run the boarder cities

    Why must immigrants who chose to come here legally play second fiddle to those who chose to immigrate illegally.

    Legalize drugs and immigration. Problem solved.

    Prop 1070 doesn’t say anything about looking for brown skin or mexicans either. In fact it strictly prohibits an officer from inquiring into ones legal status until the the person has already been arrested for breaking a previous law ( traffic stop, assault,theft, ect..) .

    “Traffic stop” is not an arrest for breaking a law. Numerous traffic stops (which also includes pedestrian traffic) are simply an excuse – under some thin pretense, or none at all – to harass and question people. “Strictly prohibits an officer from inquiring into ones legal status until the the person has already been stopped so that questions can be asked” would be a more accurate reading. In other words, this prohibition is a meaningless fig leaf.

    Even then it requires reasonable doubt to inquire into ones legal status.

    And when have police officers ever been convicted, or even censured in any way, for stopping people based on UNreasonable doubts? Come on, be real.

    The bill will become law.

    It has already become a state regime edict.

    A majority of Arizonans support it.

    This is why giving in to the passions of lynch mobs is not a good idea.

    When it passes it’s will hopefully convince other boarder states to follow the lead.

    When other US States, cities, counties, nighborhoods, etc, start detaining and questioning you every time you cross one of their lines, or they suspect you may have done so without permission (whether you did or not), maybe you’ll understand why this is a bad idea. Unfortunately, if/when that happens, it will probably be too late to stop it. “First they came for the Mexicans…”

  5. AJ

    “The Law is the Law…follow it or get out!!!”

    so, what is the law? who makes the law? who benefits? You might want to educate yourself in “what is the law.” There are lots of ACADEMIC articles written about it, whether you look at the law from an economic, social, or political perspective. Please read scholarly literature, not right-wing populist propaganda; you will not look too ingnorant.

    I’d advice you to read: “Law and the Rise of Capitalism,” a great marxist aproach to legal theory and the philosophy of law.

    Good luck.

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