Con: Arizona law will lead to racial profiling


May 23, 2010 at 12:23 a.m.

Mexican-American Albert Ordonez has lived in Victoria all his life.

The 73-year-old said he is for immigration reform, but disagrees with the controversial new Arizona law.

Ordonez said the law would lead to racial profiling.

That position is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.

"The main reason it shouldn't be passed first and foremost is it isn't constitutional," said Jose Medina, Texas ACLU media coordinator.

The ACLU has filed a class-action lawsuit against Arizona.

"With this kind of law, you're also risking that U.S. citizens are getting stopped," Medina said.

Mary Lou Canales, Texas director for Women for the League of United Latin American Citizens, said she also was concerned about racial profiling and opposed any effort in Texas to adopt a similar law.

"They're going to find all kinds of reasons to stop Hispanics," Canales said of police.

LULAC supports reform that creates a process for orderly and lawful immigration to the U.S.

"We don't support human smuggling or illegal immigration," Canales said.

Rob Austin of Victoria disagreed with the protests in regards to immigration.

"They protest here, but how come they don't protest in their own country?" said Austin, a pest control specialist.

Even so, Austin agreed the Arizona law could cause racial profiling.

"I don't blame anybody for wanting to come to this country," said Austin, who thinks some other solution for illegal immigration needs to be found.

Ordonez and Austin agreed Mexico is where the issue lies.

"I'd like to see Mexico do better for themselves," said Ordonez, who fears the drug cartels may soon cross into the U.S.

Ordonez said some type of immigration reform is necessary.

"I'm not completely against Mexicans staying here, but I do think they should be legal," Ordonez said.

Related: Pro: States need to enforce immigration law because feds aren't doing enough



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