This new law increases the underlying racism which seems to have replaced the message held with such pride by the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free. ... I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
The message of "freedom, democracy, and international friendship" is put aside as this vaunted compassionate country loses its bearings. Urged on by hate-mongers and the shrill voice of "Gotcha!" plus cries of "down with the government," we're teetering on the brink of a new brand of isolationism.
When John McCain insists that drugs are pouring into the state of Arizona, does he question why? Who buys the drugs and for what purpose? Look at the gangs of druggies in our schools, in the malls, "around the corner," and remember that most of the drug users are local pale-skinned buyers looking for any kind of high without having to work for an education, or find a job they "like."
Most Central American workers come to this country to work, to make enough money to send back to their families so that their lives can be improved. To work toward citizenship, pay the taxes the Tea Party crowd hates, learn to speak American, and all too often, continue to do the work on our farms and in our orchards and our communities that we whites haven't the will to tackle.
Our latest census may prove what many Arizonians don't want to admit; we're in the minority group now. Our lack of success in eradicating our own ghettos of poverty, bad schooling and permissive behaviors is in the limelight. How can we improve our country without imposing negative laws against many countries to our south? A good start would be supporting President Obama, and rejecting the Party of NO which is not representative of this republic.
Trish Hooper lives on Portola Road in Portola Valley