April 30th, 2010
06:38 PM ET

Group plans protests for immigrants' rights

Demonstrations in support of immigrants' rights are scheduled Saturday in at least 21 states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. In all, protests are planned for 47 cities.

The demonstrations come amid a swirl of controversy surrounding a new immigration law in Arizona that allows police to demand proof of legal residency. Arizona lawmakers say the law is needed because the federal government has failed to enforce border security with Mexico, allowing more than 450,000 illegal immigrants to move into in the state.

Critics say the law is unconstitutional and will lead to racial profiling, which is illegal. But Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and others who support SB1070 say it does not involve profiling or other illegal acts.

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  1. S.P.H. Yerucham

    I lived in 12 Asian countries over 15 years. I always carried my passport because it was always possible that I might be checked to see if was legally in the countries I migrated through. Big deal. That is just smart security for countries to keep an eye on who is coming in and out of their borders. People who look and dress differently from locals might be checked more often. Why whine, if it is done with respect? That is just common sense and saves a lot of time. In some countries I was checked with more attention because I look Islamic with my beard. I was very happy to comply, because that is just smart security. In Islamic countries I was told NOT to tell people that I am a Jew, for it was dangerous to let it be known. Now that is unfortunate, and I hear little protest in this country about that. Welcome to all the legal immigrants in America.

    April 30, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. I.H.T.

    S.P.H. well put. First of all in the case of Arizona you can only be asked if you have been stopped due to an illegal act – they can't just walk up to you and ask are you an American citizen. Yes, in Arizona's case the majority of illegals are Mexican, but we have illegals from nearly every country who should also be removed. If you have legally applied and been granted the right to stay and live in America then you should be living by the laws of the land and you will not be stopped. If on the other hand you break the law (again) and are found to be illegal then you should be put on the first bus out of the country. Why are so many people fighting to keep people in America if they are here illegaly it doesn't make sense. We have laws and everyone must follow them – just because they have lived here for years produced numerous kids, does not make them legal.

    September 4, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |