Speaking Out Against SB 1070

Both Ricky Martin and Shakira are speaking out against a new immigration law that would allow Arizona police to stop and question anyone they think looks illegal.

Shakira

The recently passed SB 1070 gives authority the right to stop and question anyone they think might be an illegal alien. If that person is not carrying identification proving citizenship or residency, he or she will immediately be handed over to the INS.

Proponents say this is a necessary step to protect America's borders, especially around the particularly dangerous Mexican border where violence is beginning to spill over into the US.

Detractors call it legalized racial profiling and say it gives authority free reign to harass anyone for any reason, especially if that person's skin happens to be brown.

Ricky Martin made his impromptu statement at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

"This is not in the script," he said. "I want to send a warm greeting to all our Latin America friends who live in the state of Arizona. The SB 1070 is a law that doesn't make sense. You are not alone. We are with you. Stop discrimination. Stop hate. Stop racism. Enough already. Long live love. Long live peace. And now let the music continue."

"As a Latina, I'm very concerned how this law can impact working Hispanic families," the popster told Ryan Seacrest on his morning radio show.

"I think that being detained in the street just because of the color of your skin is just wrong, and it's a violation of human and civil rights."

Shakira met with lawmakers and the Phoenix mayor to discuss the issue. "I just met with some families and women who have been subjected to domestic violence, and they are so concerned," the singer said. "They're going to live in fear to call the police or to report a crime that has been inflicted to them. They're trying to protect their kids and their own families from abusers. and now they're going to have to protect themselves from the government."

Mexico-Arizona border towns have become the sites of increasing violence because of drug cartel activity and the smuggling of illegal immigrants. Phoenix now has the second highest kidnapping rate in the world, behind Mexico City. Now, though, even legitimate citizens of Hispanic descent are afraid that they will be arrested and detained if they accidentally leave the house without a driver's license.

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kay December 25, 2010 | 12:37 PM

WHEN YOU ARE IN LINE TO PAY AT THE STORE, DO YOU ALLOW PEOPLE TO CUT IN LINE IN FRONT OF YOU FOR WHATEVER REASON? OR DO YOU SAY... OH YOU ARE A LATINA/O AND LET THEM CUT IN LINE BECAUSE THEY PROBABLY NEED TO GO HOME TO FEED THEIR FAMILY.NO PROBABLY NOT. YOU GET ALL ENRAGED AND UPSET AND IT MESSES UP YOUR DAY. IT IS THE SAME THING FOR THE BORDER. THEIR ARE MANY PEOPLE PATIENTLY WAITING FOR THEIR STATUS TO BE LEGAL TO COME TO THIS COUNTRY AND DO THE RIGHT THING. COMING ILLEGALLY IS BREAKING THE LAW, REGARDLESS OF THE REASON. BEING A LATINA, DOES NOT GIVE ME THE RIGHT TO BREAK THE LAW BECAUSE I AM GOING THROUGH A HARDSHIP. ALLOWING ME TO DO THAT IS A FORM OF DISCRIMINATION...MAYBE NOT TO ME BUT TO THE OTHERS WHO AREN'T ALLOWED TO BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT LATINOS. THAT GOES FOR EVERY RACE. WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE ARIZONA BORDER, YES, THE FOCUS WILL BE LATINOS BECAUSE OF THE PROBABILITY BUT WHY DON'T WE GET IN AN UPROAR WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE CANADIAN BORDER, BECAUSE NO MEXICANS ARE COMING THROUGH THERE? GET REAL PEOPLE. ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL REGARDLESS OF RACE. THE ONLY PEOPLE MAKING THIS ABOUT RACE ARE THE ONES SUPPOSEDLY AGAINST THIS LAW.

Eclayto1 November 18, 2010 | 10:53 AM

While the debate rages on as to how illegals are corrupting our system I would like to present another side of the story that many are not aware of. I am sharing the Ibarra story with everyone I can hoping others will join me in advocating for this family and change. Changes must be made in order to prevent tragedies such as this and policies implemented to allow for recourse. This is but one of several tragic stories I could tell regarding this company, a union, and their primarily Hispanic work force - all of whom ARE legal. December and Christmas is approaching rapidly and with it the first anniversary of a tragic event in the lives of the Ibarra family. Mr. and Mrs. Ibarra have three children ages seven, nine, and fifteen and they are legal residents which makes this senseless tragedy all the more confusing. Mr. Ibarra worked for one of the largest companies of its kind in the United States whose earnings extend into billions of dollars per year. Mr. Ibarra was a dues paying union member, which proudly proclaims on its web site that all medical services are provided in the United States of America. However, to the left of this bold proclamation is a link for their Mexico PPO plan. The company, the union and its third party administrator STRONGLY encourage the nine hundred or so Hispanics who make up this work community, all of whom are legal residents, to use their Mexico PPO plan. The Mexico PPO is much cheaper for the employees but more importantly, much cheaper for the company and their associates. Mr. Ibarra opted to use the Mexico PPO plan in December of 2009, a choice that resulted in devastating consequences. Mr. Ibarra was pre-certified by a United States insurance plan to have what should have been a simple laparoscopic procedure. I will not go into detail about what went wrong, suffice it to say the Mexican doctor cut a cardiac artery which resulted in serious internal bleeding. The “hospital,” approved by a United States insurance plan, put Mr. Ibarra into an ambulance and drove him to the Yuma border which was 45 minutes away. Needless to say by the time he arrived at the hospital in Yuma Mr. Ibarra had lost a lot of blood and they had to resuscitate him. He survived but suffered a serious anoxic brain injury. Mr. Ibarra now requires round-the-clock care. The Arizona Long Term Care System provides care for a limited number of hours each week and he receives a small amount of Social Security. Mrs. Ibarra has to work in order to make ends meet and the three children, whose names Mr. Ibarra cannot remember, frequently have to babysit their father. My total disdain for this situation stems from the following: • A health plan based in the United States approved a Mexican hospital and doctor to perform this procedure • This company and their associates encourage their Hispanic employees to utilize their Mexico PPO plan vs. their local plan, knowing one cannot sue a hospital or doctor in Mexico for malpractice • Mrs. Ibarra has diligently sought a means of recourse but has found none – no one is being held accountable for what happened • Mr. Ibarra will require constant care for the rest of his life and the State of Arizona and the Federal Government will be footing the bill • Arizonan’s complain about the money we spend on health care for the illegal’s yet say nothing about Arizona paying the costs for the egregious medical blunders inflicted upon legal residents by doctors and hospitals in Mexico approved by a United States employer and union I do not understand how we can simply turn our backs on the Ibarra family and their situation. Mr. Ibarra worked hard to support his family and provide them with health care insurance. Mr. Ibarra will never work again and he and his family’s health care will be paid for by us and not those who should be held responsible. I believe it is appalling to willfully and knowingly encourage Hispanics to use a health plan outside of the United States knowing if something goes wrong there is no recourse and no accountability. What do you think?

Chips May 06, 2010 | 5:50 AM

That's what we need, two more foreigners dictating how our country should be run.

Cam May 04, 2010 | 8:00 PM

"Im pretty sure that if illegal immigrants had a choice they wouldnt even come to this country knowing how we as latin people get treated"-Jaime------ Illegal immigrants do have a choice, and they come here because of the freedoms and opportunity that aren't available in their homelands. Incidentally, America's immigration laws are some of the least strict in the world. Mexico's for instance, are far tougher. Wonder why.

Bradwhg May 04, 2010 | 12:49 PM

Boy there is a lot of lies going on about the new AZ law. Take the time to actually read it rather then listen to some celebrity Hispanic advocate (Ricky and Shakira) spin about it. As to constitutionality, it will prevail. Here is the current California law dealing with illegal aliens and immigration law. It has been on the books for years. California Penal Code 834b: 834b. (a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws. (b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following: (1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status.

Morales May 04, 2010 | 8:31 AM

this is true it seems that everything is going would be a movie or a dream but i don't care what all people say everyone is an immigrant from some where in the world it's not only Mexicans Dumb people!.

Elizabeth May 04, 2010 | 7:49 AM

Fck all the Racist people just get a life and stop worrying about us latin people!we arent harming yall in any way so yall can be agianst us! Latin people come to this country to work not to put up with racist es!

Jamie May 04, 2010 | 7:46 AM

wow ppl these days act like they arent humans.! If only yall knew what us as hispanics go through! The only main reason why people come to this country is to support their family not because we want to come and put up with people that are racist.! Im legal but i speak for others this law is un fair..Im pretty sure that if illegal immigrants had a choice they wouldnt even come to this country knowing how we as latin people get treated&discriminated but the economic status in their country pushes them to come here!

steve May 04, 2010 | 5:13 AM

What is the argument here? every single alien "BROKE THE LAW!" Our Government, past & present, Republican & Democrat, have allowed the invasion of 20 to 30 million criminals and is the largest invasion of any Nation, at any time, by any means & in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution. This refusal to abide by our Constitution should be classified as Treason of the most foul kind, as grounds for impeachment & trials for Treason! Not only have they allowed the invasion, they force American tax payers to pay Billions of dollars to provide Welfare, Prison, Educate the invaders children,free medical care, at the same time the invading horde break numerous laws, massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture and standard of living while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE! They walked,rode,swam and drove over here, they can do the same going home! taking thier anchor babies with them!

Cam May 03, 2010 | 10:20 PM

The law does not allow police to "to stop and question anyone they think looks illegal." That's a complete falsehood. The truth is the law, which is basically the federal law only not as tough, allows the police to only question someone already detained for suspicion of another crime. And a simple drivers' license is enough to end any questioning.

Ant May 03, 2010 | 7:34 PM

First of all, she is speaking out against racial profiling and not illegal immigration. I personally, believe you should not be pulled over because you might look like an "illegal."(But that's just me) Also, the only reason there is such a large group of immigrants coming to this country, is because they cannot feed their family on $10 a day. If the US stopped screwing over South America, we probably wouldn't have so many people trying to live here (I'm looking at you NAFTA).

SICK OF IT! May 03, 2010 | 7:19 PM

MY GOD, WHAT GIVES THEM THE RIGHT?....WHAT PART OF ILLEGAL DO THEY NOT UNDERSTAND. I HAVE LIVED IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND I HAD TO SHOW MY ALIEN REG CARD FOR EVERYTHING: OPENING A BANK ACCT, GETTING A DRIVERS LISC, GETTING CABLE INSTALLED.... ACTING LIKE WE OWE THEM SOMETHING IS B.S .

Willie12345 May 03, 2010 | 4:08 PM

After reading these remarks, I thought I'd add my two cents. Those that waiting in line for citizenship, should be welcome and treated with respect and honor. Those that "Cut in line" need to be sent back home and wait their turn. Sneaking into this country and not obeying our laws is just unacceptable.

hec May 03, 2010 | 1:16 PM

What's so deadly about them? They've been coming over here for over a hundred years.. and america still stands. It will continue to, too. Stop fearmongering. Mexicans are just people like you and me... they're just looking for a way to feed their families. They're not here to harm you or any other white person. You guys need to relax a little bit. There is no eminent danger from these people.

Juanita May 03, 2010 | 1:14 PM

Where's the freedom that this country stands for? It's not only Mexicans that are being discriminated. It's people from all over the world that are immigrants. What's happening to our proud country land of the free and home of the brave. Home to MANY people to have the opportunity to those who want a better life and live in peace.

Brittanicus May 03, 2010 | 10:56 AM

WHERE'S THE REAL BORDER FENCE TO DEFEND AMERICA? Homeland Security Czar Janet Napolitano lied to the American people about the border fence. It was never built to original specifications. She said the actual fence stretched 745 miles? It doesn't? large regions are still old barbed wire fencing. Other areas are restricted by vehicle barriers. In some cases none functioning cameras and movement sensors is the only enforcement. The Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations bill specifically eliminated the main funding mandate of the Secure Fence Act of 2006 as a two layer fence. Learn the facts about these lies at AMERICAN PATROL. Washington has already appropriated over a trillion dollars to fight two isolated foreign wars and also assisting in building Israels wall. If Amnesty is passed the costs will dwarf the two wars we are now fighting. But the taxpayers of our nation get the budget cuts for our national security fence, and get--NOTHING, to protect us from the deadly insurgency of drug smugglers and millions of illegal aliens. No wonder Arizona had to enact a strict immigration police limitation. on law The Tea Party and thousands of anti-illegal immigrant organizations, will fight to stop any type or form of AMNESTY. Any kind of Amnesty will just bring in millions more people, waiting their turn for the next path to citizenship. Those here can bring in millions of close family members, which we as taxpayers will end up supporting. If Amnesty passes we will be obligated to give more government entitlements. Before President Obama signs the final document, the border will be swarmed by hundreds of thousands who will arrive by plane or ship. Finally the legal immigrants who have waited for years, will be upstaged by the illegal criminals here. It should be up to the people by popular vote or by referendum, because giving 20 to 30 million foreigners a rapid path to citizenship is an unjustifiable outrage. It will be a major catastrophe on the Federal, state, county and city public welfare benefits inflicted on our nation. We cannot afford it and it will divide the country, as other states like Arizona have been forced to enact their own immigration laws. The government we voted for refuses to protect the border or the majority for the American people, because of NAFTA and its diplomacy with the corrupt government next door. There should be no restraints on funding any of these measures when it comes to the American people's protection, for jobs, taxes, infrastructure, ecosystem, population growth and more. To learn more go to NumbersUSA website

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