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It is important because Latinos deserve the right to be treated equally, and many deserve and should be allowed to be in any state to work hard and prosper. The Arizona Senate Bill 1070 can lead to racial profiling of not only illegal immigrants but they would be able to racially profile legal residents.

Letter to
The Federal Legislature
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Federal Legislature.

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Override the Arizona SB 1070. The Arizona Senate Bill 1070 states that if you are older than 14 and you stay in Arizona for longer than 30 days it becomes a misdemeanor if an illegal "alien". It allows all authorities to stop any suspicious person they believe to be an illegal immigrant (mainly Latinos).

It is important to overturn Arizona SB 1070, because Latinos deserve the right to be treated equally, and many deserve and should be allowed to be in any state to work hard and prosper. The Arizona Senate Bill 1070 can lead to racial profiling of not only illegal immigrants, but also of legal residents as well.

In Arizona, many crimes have been committed, such as hate crimes, social crimes , and legal crimes against Latinos. Many Latinos have suffered from such crimes. In 1997, in Chandler, Arizona, law enforcement officers and federal authorities created an operation called “Operation Restoration” now known as the “Chandler Roundup.” For over five days in the summer of 1997, from July 27 to July 3, officers on bicycles patrolled around Chandler, Arizona asking suspected Latinos for proof of citizenship. Those who could not prove it were arrested. Police arrested 432 illegal immigrants and they were later deported back to their homeland. However, many U.S. citizens and legal immigrants were also stopped and arrested based on their skin color. Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods conceded that their civil rights had been violated.

Latinos throughout history have always faced discrimination. For example, on April 14, 1947, in Orange County, California the case of Westminster v. Mendez, Latinos were facing segregation. They were not only segregating children of Mexican and Latin descents, but also American children. Children of Mexican and Latin descent weren't receiving and being denied the same benefits of education as other children. Enforcing the segregation of Mexican and Latino was against the law. Schools have violated the law provided by the Fourteenth Amendment and the Federal Constitution by taking away the rights of Latinos and Mexican Americans, without involving the law, and denying them the equal protection of the law. This amendment also allows equal treatment in current society which is not allowed because of the Arizona Senate Bill 1070, which allows authority to racially profile citizens.

We believe that all Immigrants have been treated unequally and it is time for a change. Arizona SB 1070 should be overturned and the immigrants should be given the chance. Not all immigrants are bad people ;they are some of the hardest working people in the world and all they are looking for is a place where they can improve their lives and provide for their families.

It's time to take a stand and give immigrants a chance.


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Sincerely,
Yanira Ramos, Patricia Narez and Eric Escoto