Nowadays, however, our nation is in a precarious place. More and more, we are showing signs of intolerance.
Examples abound: A tea party sign, “Bend over for Change,” that appeared in the Grass Valley July 4 parade two years ago, a growing element of Islamophobes, or certain anti-immigration laws that are being passed in some southern and western states.
“If you thought the do-it-yourself anti-immigrant schemes couldn’t get any more repellent, you were wrong,” The New York Times is reporting.
“New laws in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina are following — and in some ways outdoing — Arizona’s attempt to engineer the mass expulsion of the undocumented, no matter the damage to the Constitution, public safety, local economies and immigrant families.”
“The laws vary in their details but share a common strategy: to make it impossible for people without papers to live without fear.
“They give new powers to local police untrained in immigration law. They force businesses to purge work forces and schools to check students’ immigration status.
“And they greatly increase the danger of unreasonable searches, false arrests, racial profiling and other abuses, not just against immigrants, but anyone who may look like some officer’s idea of an illegal immigrant.
“Civil rights organizations are suing or threatening to sue to block these noxious state laws. So far federal courts have enjoined parts of bad local laws in Arizona, Georgia, Utah and Indiana. President Obama’s Department of Justice has sued Arizona but not the other states. It needs to fight harder.”
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