Bronx – On Friday April 23, 2010, the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law SB 1070, one of the most discriminatory and anti-immigrant legislation in this country’s history. Though far from New York, Arizona’s new law marks another step towards widening the divide between the citizens and the undocumented in the country, and will surely have a serious impact not only here in New York, but in many other states.
We receive the news of the passing of SB 1070 with great sadness and outrage. Many of us, though not necessarily undocumented immigrants, but who share the immigrant experience here in the United States, know very well how difficult it can be to start a life and raise a family in tough economic and political times. I can only imagine how terrifying it must be for so many undocumented brothers and sisters in Arizona to be faced with this tragic situation.
I want to commend Reverend Al Sharpton from the National Action Network, Lillian Rodriguez from the Hispanic Federation and State Senator José Peralta on their disposition of the Arizona SB 1070.
Now I look back at the time when Reverend Al Sharpton, Roberto Ramirez, former Borough President Adolfo Carrion, and I partook in civil disobedience in Vieques, Puerto Rico a few years ago. We remained strong, and with our efforts, we were able to get the Marine out of Vieques.
I am once again ready to join Reverend Al Sharpton, Roberto Ramirez, and Adolfo Carrion, “The Vieques Four,” in declaring a clear and direct opposition to the current Unites States-Mexico relations. The wall in the border between the two countries must come down, just like the Berlin Wall. We are willing to lead a march and whatever else necessary in front of this wall.