This Saturday, April 23 marks the one-year anniversary of Governor Jan Brewer signing Senate Bill 1070 into law. And though there have been a few encouraging cracks in the racist facade of late, the oppression, the raids, and separation of families continues.
That's why it's important to support the Puente Movement-organized march this Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. from Cesar Chavez Plaza at 200 West Jefferson Street in downtown Phoenix, to the state Capitol at 1700 West Washington Street.
Speakers will include firebrand, pro-immigrant Congressman Luis Gutierrez from Illinois. He always gets the joint rockin'.
Yes, the injunction against the most egregious parts of 1070 has been upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, but other parts of the law are still in effect, such as the "harboring" provision of 1070, which means if you happen to give a lift to someone you believe is undocumented or let them stay at your apartment, you could be hit with a criminal charge.
And if they catch him or her in your car, your vehicle will be impounded. No excuses if they happen to be related to you by blood, BTW.
Another part of the law not on hold is the dictate that no city, county or agency, such as a law enforcement entity, can "adopt a policy that limits or restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law."
Should the entity not comply with this dictate, it can be sued by any citizen of Arizona.
Thus, the battle is not over until 1070 is utterly moribund. That is, when it is repealed. When that happens, you'll know the tsunami of hate has relented. Till then, the fight continues.
Puente's recent press release for the march states that,
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"This year the Arizona State Legislators introduced twenty seven anti-migrant bills that targeted families and children. Although the most controversial bills were voted down a couple weeks ago, throughout the years we have seen the patterns of anti-migrant bills being drafted and introduced year after year. We send a message to the state of Arizona and Obama Administration to stop to the anti-migrant attacks on our community."
This is why the march is important, one year following the travesty of 1070 becoming law.
In other words, no army pulls back after a few minor victories. It advances until the triumph is overwhelming and complete.
Word to the local anarchists who may attend: There will be a lot of kids and parents present, and it is not the time for you to engage in aggro stunts with your natural enemy, the police. This is a non-violent march. Save that clash for another day.