The Immigrants We Need

I went to the Arizona State Capitol to cover the protest on Thursday and was there for Shakira’s visit; I got some good pictures and some good quotes. My report will be up sometime tomorrow. For now, I had to post a short note on how things are going all over the state. I live in the Phoenix area (Scottsdale to be exact), but many other cities are up-in-arms as well – particularly Tucson.

State Rep. Raul Grijalva openly called for a boycott of our state after the signing of SB 1070, the now-famous immigration bill recently signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer. The bill requires law enforcement to ask about a person’s legal status in the event that, during legal contact, they suspect the person they have pulled over/arrested for breaking the law/been called to remind of civil ordinances (such as noise pollution laws) may be in the country illegally. Here in Phoenix, protests have gone on nearly every single day since the bill was signed. Ricky Martin has blasted it in interviews, Shakira actually came here and supported the protesters, and there have been small riots in a couple of instances when white people that protesters didn’t like got under someone’s skin. The vast, overwhelming majority of the protesters are Hispanic and chants of “si, se puede” (“yes, we can”) have been prevalent.

During a Tucson city council meeting, however, a beautiful lady named Gabriella Salcedo stood and spoke from her heart about the bill. Take note, as we’ve said over and over and over again, we want people to come. We are not in any way against immigration; we are merely against illegal immigration. None of us cares what color your skin is. This woman has a wisdom that few could hope to achieve in their lifetime and is the perfect example of the immigrant that America needs.

Seeing this video made my eyes well up. I feel a great swell of pride in my country when those who face difficulty do the right thing.

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7 thoughts on “The Immigrants We Need

  1. […] During a Tucson city council meeting, however, a beautiful lady named Gabriella Salcedo stood and spoke from her heart about the bill. Take note, as we’ve said over and over and over again, we want people to come. We are not in any way against immigration; we are merely against illegal immigration. None of us cares what color your skin is. This woman has a wisdom that few could hope to achieve in their lifetime and is the perfect example of the immigrant that America needs. (click here) […]

  2. America was built by immigrants, but by peaceful, hard working ones, not the kind that riot throught the streets and defend illegallity, we in Europe have been suffering with this “Issue” (it is even politically incorrect to call it a “problem”) for years.

  3. I can’t believe it, either. Three bank workers killed when rioters set fire to the bank knowing full well that there were people inside – and five were rescued from the balcony.

    This is after riots in France by Muslim youth who get angry when other illegal immigrants to the country get killed doing stupid illegal stunts, such as stealing a scooter and leading police on a chase (a scooter? Really? You’d never live that down here!).

  4. ‘Bruno, be careful bailing out Greece my friend.”

    I agree. The Greeks have proven Socialism works until you run out of other peoples money to pay for it.

  5. It is really sad what is happening with Greece, they manipulated official accounts for years, had hidden or made up balances, and still they want honest tax payers in hard working countries such as Germany and France, to clean their mess. I was outraged to see the protests, a pregnant woman died and so far I haven’t heard a word of apology from unions and left-wing activists who are behind these riots, besides immigration, left-wing anarchists are one of our greatest problems, supported more or less openly by the social democrats, NGO’s, and unions they feel really untouchable.

  6. “It is really sad what is happening with Greece, they manipulated official accounts for years,…”

    I wonder how many other nations in the EU cooked their books to get in the EU?

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