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Racism and Immigration Policy

A sobering analysis of the uproar over racism and the new Arizona immigration law from Daisy Hernández at Colorlines:

We don’t yell racism when Obama’s administration deports hundreds of thousands of men and women and even teenagers. We didn’t say anything of race in 2008 when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, then Arizona’s governor, signed a law forcing employers to verify every employees’ social security number. We barely mentioned racism in the nineties when federal officials decided to beef up border patrol and force migrants to travel the Arizona desert, where they would either die or be easier to catch in the sweltering heat.

But put it on paper that race will explicitly be one reason why the cop is pulling over brown folks and we’re all screaming “racist!”  

Source: Colorlines