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Do I Look Illegal?

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People are utilizing their facebook statuses, blogs, pictures, videos and every other “social media tool” available to relay the message of the “Do I Look Illegal?” campaign. Cities and organizations are increasingly hopping on the bandwagon to boycott Arizona’s ‘”paper please” legislation S.B. 1070’. According to a former blogger on the issue, because of this legislation cities have proposed, then backed out of, canceling all business with Arizona. Immigration laws have been hot topics from day one.

According to the U.N. in regards to the S.B. 1070,

“A disturbing pattern of legislative activity hostile to ethnic minorities and immigrants has been established with the adoption of an immigration law that may allow for police action targeting individuals on the basis of their perceived ethnic origin, and a law that suppresses school programs featuring the histories and cultures of ethnic minorities. The law may lead to detaining and subjecting to interrogation persons primarily on the basis of their perceived ethnic characteristics…In Arizona, persons who appear to be of Mexican, Latin American, or indigenous origin are especially at risk of being targeted under the law.”

Besides the technicalities behind the boycotting of this law, the main thing that impressed me is the wide unanimity of all people, especially latinos online. For a while, the “Do I look illegal?” statuses poured in. Then the pictures of people holding up signs that read “Do I look illegal?” It definitely caught my attention and forced me to google the slogan.


Written by slimncoozie

May 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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