Chris wrote:I am calling this law racist at worst, xenophobic at best.
Show me where there is any fucking mention of race in this law!!
A law doesn't have to mention race to be racist.
But it's easy to see who will be targeted, given the ethnic makeup of illegal immigrants in Arizona.
My main point, however, is on a more abstract, philosophical level: that the very idea of an "illegal immigrant" is absurd, no matter what ethnic or national origin someone is from. This is because we all belong to the same species. What makes one human being more worthy than another to reside in a country? What philosophical or rational basis is there to say "You can be here, but he can't?"
Imagine a house in the desert on the border between Mexico and the US. There's a bed right on the border. A woman gives birth to twins. The first one comes out on the Mexican side of the border, making him a Mexican citizen. The mother then shifts position, and the second baby is born on the US side. The babies share the same DNA. They are raised by the same parents. They go to the same schools. They enter the same professions, and make the same amount of money. But they are citizens of different countries. What gives one the right to be in the US (or Mexico) but not the other?
I understand that
these social realities exist. I don't understand the logic