I will be open and blatant about my bias: I don’t support the movement against Proposition 1070 (AZ), because it further hinders the wage rate for legal workers in the U.S. From that, you can deduce that I don’t support any effort that hinders the wages for legal workers.
The bill goes into effect today, after a federal judge blocked some of the controversial items in it. The governor of AZ was swift to respond with an intent to appeal the judge’s ruling to the district appeals court. It’s all but certain that this battle will make its way to the USSC.
I sympathize with the protesters of the bill, but it’s no wonder to me that they seek to secure illegal advantages. I’m all in favor of protection from racial profiling and enforcing civil rights, but this ultimately comes down to people residing in the country illegally and being a burden on already diminishing resources (namely, jobs).
It’s no secret that undocumented workers are highly preferred over other demographics for certain aspects of the workforce.
My observation of the protests show an overwhelming force of Hispanic & Latino peoples. If they would have joined the fight against racial profiling, with similar force sooner, their argument would have more legitimacy and 1070 may have never stood a chance of being brought to the floor of AZ’s legislative body.