City officials denounce Arizona immigration law
by Marc Toneatto
May 04, 2010 | 913 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elected officials gathered at City Hall to rally against Arizona's new immigration law.
Elected officials gathered at City Hall to rally against Arizona's new immigration law.
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City officials, civil rights advocates, and immigrants gathered on the steps of City Hall April 28 to denounce Arizona’s strict immigration law.

The bill, which was recently signed into law, makes being an undocumented worker a crime, and gives police the authority to arrest anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.

“I am deeply troubled,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “This bill strips away the core of what America stands for and promotes intolerance.”

“We should be boycotting anybody who has anything to do with Arizona,” said Councilman Daniel Dromm, chair of the council's Immigration Committee, whose diverse Queens district is home to a large number of immigrants groups.

Dromm said his office has already received a number of phone calls from residents expressing their disproval and anxiety over the measure. “There’s a concern and a worry that a law like the Arizona law could be passed in New York,” he said.

The fear that the law will spike instances of racial profiling by police has received national attention, and remains a primary source of concern for elected officials here in New York.

“How do you determine what an immigrant is?” Dromm said. “You can’t tell who an immigrant is just by [seeing them] walking down the street.”

Although Dromm said he thinks it's unlikely a similar law could ever pass in New York, he said “we do have to be vigilant to make sure.”

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