March on, immigration reform

by Pete Talbert

Attending the March for Immigration Reform on May 1 revalidated my faith in the people of our great state to get up on their feet and march for their convictions. The march drew thousands and brought support from various programs supporting Latino immigration and the need for a reform to our current, grave state of immigration policy. There were many people who filled the streets in protest of the new law passed in Arizona which requires police, âÄúwhen practicable,âÄù to detain people who they reasonably expect are in the United States without proper documentation. This law embodies one of the principal characteristics that constitute an unjust law, namely its ambiguity. How do the policymakers in Arizona expect the police to carry this law out without employing racial profiling? Well, the march yesterday spoke directly to me in saying that Minnesota is not Arizona. We have too many good citizens who will fight against vague laws that certainly beget racial discrimination. The march conveyed that something must be done in regard to immigration policy in this country and that a law which enjoins racial profiling is anything but a step toward reformation. Pete Talbert, University undergraduate student