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When the prayers began outside Arizona’s capitol building in Phoenix, the Hispanic crowd who had gathered under darkening skies stopped talking and bowed their heads.
Placards and banners with bold letters saying “We Are Human” and “Work Is Not A Crime” were placed on the ground and a solitary drum beat that had sounded for most of the afternoon came to a halt.
Annette Escalante, a volunteer for Reform Immigration for America, said she had never experienced racism in Arizona. “But I’m worried that will happen now because of the immigration law,” she said.
“What do we have to carry to prove we’re American? Are we going back to Nazi Germany where we have to wear something that identifies us?”
So the waiting is over. Arizona’s Republican Tea-Party sympathizing governor, Jan Brewer, has signed the anti-people bill and it has now become law! So what does this mean to Lady Liberty’s message:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
Thanks to Emma Lazurus…