Local Protesters Oppose Arizona Law
CHARLOTTE, NC - The debate over immigration reform is heating up in Charlotte. Thursday night around 100 people gathered at Marshall Park in Uptown to Protest Arizona Law SB1070.
The law went into effect in Arizona on Thursday, but it is a stripped-down version of the original law. On Wednesday, a federal judge blocked most of the controversial provisions, including one that would allow Arizona law enforcement officers to ask anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant to provide proof of citizenship.
Protestors say they consider that a victory, but they say the law still encourages racial profiling. “They’ve gotten rid of the part that says you can not stand somewhere looking for work, but they have left in the part that if somebody were to hire you off of a city block or something like that, that the employer can go to jail for hiring somebody, so it’s basically the same thing as outlawing day laborers,” said Hector Vaca with Action NC.
Local opponents of the Arizona law, say they also want to send a message to North Carolina lawmakers. “We’re also out here because we’re against any copycat laws, like what’s being considered at the capitol in Raleigh for next session,” said Vaca.
This protest was one of a number of protests across the country on Thursday.