Hate Is What Really Should Be Illegal
Coming across The New York Times Article Immigration Law Moves to Center Stage by A. G. Sulzberger, I was shocked and appalled that the proposed illegal immigration laws from Arizona are spreading to other states, and I could not help but wonder what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would think of this travesty. The problem began in 2007 when Arizona passed a bill that limited the hiring of illegal immigrants. Soon after more bills were passed that limited the rights and privacies of those who have illegally immigrated into the United States. The NYT article talks about how the focus of illegal immigration has moved north into Nebraska where the Republican Governor Dave Heineman has made his stance clear that he does not support illegal immigrants in his state. With this widespread disapproval of illegal immigrants has brought on an animosity towards Hispanics. People like Nebraska factory worker Gerry Boller, 78, said in the article “We’re just getting too many Hispanic people in town.”
This kind of comment would make MLK roll over in his grave. This is a clear instance where King’s “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” comes into place. Because of these new strict immigration laws people are starting to look down upon Hispanics because they are trying to come to America and make a living. Last time I checked that’s exactly what the pilgrims did when they left Europe, except the Hispanics have had the courtesy to not kick out the inhabitants of the towns they are moving into. The problem with trying to get rid of many of these illegal aliens is that many of them occupy jobs that help keep our economy afloat. If we get rid of the people doing these low-paying jobs, we will have to pay more to make these jobs more appealing.
Additionally, King would greatly disapprove of the invasion of privacy that these new laws are creating. Within Arizona the new laws proposed would require all illegal immigrants to carry around with them a document registering them with the United States. Thus, giving the right to police officers to ask for this documentation if they find a person who is questionable of being an illegal immigrant. Without this documentation it is a state misdemeanor. This raises the problem of having the police ask every Hispanic person they see for documentation because they assume that all Hispanics are here illegally. These laws are clearly unjust by all of King’s standards and clearly need to be addressed and fixed so that we do not go back to being a nation of divided races.