Celebrities Joining the Fight Against New Arizona Immigration Law
Okay, so maybe not celebs like Brad and Angelina have stepped up, but fear not Arizona…you still have Shakira, Linda Ronstadt and Ricky Martin on your side!
The new immigration law basically says that Arizona would require immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times. Supporters say that it is necessary to control illegal immigration. Critics say it would create government sanctioned racial profiling.
Ronstadt, a Tuscon native, said at a Capitol news conference on Thursday, “Mexican-Americans are not going to take this lying down.”
After speaking with women in Arizona who this new law would affect, Shakira stated her concern for the women and their children, saying she believes that, regarding cases of domestic violence “They’re going to live in fear to call the police or to report a crime that has been inflicted on them.”
Ricky Martin spoke out at the Billboard Latin Music Awards ceremony on Thursday saying “You are not alone. We are with you.” and added “Put a stop to discrimination. Put a stop to hate. Put a stop to racism.”
If the law passes, it will go into effect 90 days after the close of the state’s legislation session.