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Text Preview “Step out of the vehicle, put your hands in the air, where I can see them.”
“Why? There has to be a mistake! ” You ask yourself as you see the tall men with black jackets, and what does it say in the back, ICE? Well, since you “zoomed” through the stop sign and were asked for your license, which you couldn’t provide, you are now considered…

“…dangerous and an illegal alien,” the officer finishes your thought. “You have the right to remain silence, anything you say can and will be used against you.”
Now you remember, Bob! Why yes of course that is why, but you don’t worry because you do have a valid license just not with you at that very moment. You are only hoping the process to prove you do “belong” here is not very long. ***

The lives of many have changed since the implementation of the new law SB 1070. Those of Latino appearances must always carry their identifications and hope to never forget their wallet at home or else they can be mistaken and profiled as an illegal alien. Republican Governor Jan Brewer enacted the Arizona Law SB1070 believing it would protect citizens by getting rid of those whom were endangering the lives of others. The intent of the law as stated in the 49th legislature is to “make attrition through enforcement… to discourage and deter unlawful entry and unlawful alien presence” (“Senate Bill 1070,” 1). With the Governor’s attempt to regulate immigration, the issue has been re-ignited with a new problem at hand: the constitutionality of laws. Many scholars understood that the law was racially profiling Latino’s/Hispanic’s, since in the Governor’s eyes they are the ones negatively affecting the state. However, no resolution has been discussed within the arguments. The reasoning behind immigration policy should be a process of decision making considering both countries by not harming any individual based on ethnic, economic, or racial differences. By avoiding discrimination, countries will be able to move forward without foreign friction. Specifically, I am asserting a means by which SB 1070 might be revised to a law that limits immigration by only incarcerating those who have a criminal record, by exploring amnesty, and showing how borders could be controlled by remaking of the visa process.

Before explaining ideas that can possibly solve the problems previously mentioned, the arguments exposed must be explained briefly. Indeed, such laws have spurred a new discussion questioning the law’s constitutionality; however, its constitutionality was not the only concern for many scholars. Consequently, scholars represent two different views, one against immigration and one for. Samuel Huntington argues that Latinos are “threatening to divide the United States into two peoples, two cultures, and two languages” (Huntington, 30). He opposes immigration because the flux of incomers is huge and is not assimilating to the American culture. In his article, “The Hispanic Challenge,” Huntington argues that the American culture is composed of the English language, Christianity, individualism, and work ethic among the few mentioned (Huntington, 36). He states that the Latino population is not assimilating to these American values. I would question his argument for the reasons that Latinos have proved of having a work ethic. Which Mexican worker is not accustomed to getting up at five in the morning? Which Latino’s religion is not based off Christianity? Which Latino does not have a strong sense of individualism by making the decision of coming to the United States for a better life? Where in that case does someone not see individualistic characteristics? Huntington continues by stating that Hispanics promote bilingual education, retaining their Spanish language, lacking a proficiency in the English language, and attach to ethnic enclaves and that this in turn is dividing the American culture. Huntington, however, fails to realize... Show More

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