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Re: “Conor Oberst Responds to Charlie Levy's Letter Regarding SB 1070 Boycott

Dear bregaynay:
I'm an American citizen, I was born in this country to my american citizen mother, I work, go to school, own a house and pay taxes. My school tuition is paid for by the money that I earn working full time, that same full time job allows me to pay for my food, health care and mortgage. All this things more than rectify my status as an American. Yet, because of the color of my skin, when I cross the Border patrol checkpoints (N of Tombstone and N of Nogales), I am subject to multiple interrogations, asked to step out of my car in the middle of the night, while my children are asleep in the back of the car. This has happened multiple times, and I understand that these agents are only doing their job, enforcing the law, trying to prevent drugs and illegal immigrants to come into our country. Because of this, I comply with their requests, but what I will not have, is this same scenarios happening in my city, I refuse to be stopped while driving my kids to school, going to work or simply taking my kids to the park.

That won't happen some people say, officers are not allowed to stop people based solely on their race or color of their skin, it is written on SB1070! Well then I ask you, if this law is based on federal laws, and those laws are enforced by Border Patrol agents, in the manner described above, how will police officers enforce it any differently. I have traveled with my blond, blue eyed husband, no questions asked to him, it is me the big brown eyed, brown hair, tan skinned woman that gets asked all the questions about my citizenship status.

The federal law is being enforced, for I have experienced it in my time living in Southern Arizona, what is not being enforced is the laws that prevent employers from hiring people that are here illegally. NO JOBS, No reason to stay, NO AMERICAN demand for drugs, no reason to smuggle. SB 1070 does a good job at spending my tax payer dollars in a game of catch and release that doesn't do AZ any good, throw them out today, they'll be back tomorrow, give them an all expenses paid trip back to their country, they'll be back. As long as there is some american business (Wo)man willing to hire them, they'll be back.

I'll tell you who is more important, those of us who are citizens of this country,and that happen to have similarities in the way we look to those that come to this country illegally. SB1070 infringes on my rights as a citizen to travel freely around my state without the annoyance of being pulled over, while driving my american car, to show my papers.

Posted by PharmDgrad on 07/04/2010 at 11:40 AM

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