February 13, 2011 by The Mormon Worker
Don’t Let Utah Become Arizona!
There is a message we want to send to the lawmakers of this state. We will not tolerate Utah becoming Arizona. We will not tolerate racist laws from being passed that attack our undocumented brothers and sisters. We know that SB 1070, the racist law that was passed in Arizona, was written by executives of a private prison company. They wrote the bill knowing that the more undocumented men, women and children they can have the Arizona police throw in jail, the more profits they make.
The politicians in Arizona know that the more they promote lies, hatred, and racism against undocumented immigrants, the higher they can climb in the ranks of the Republican party, and the more campaign donations they will receive.
SB 1070 in Arizona is nothing more than a scheme by a large corporation and colluding politicians, to make money and gain power at the expense of the most vulnerable and poor members of our society. And we won’t accept this same law coming to Utah, which is what Representative Sandstrom’s proposed immigration law would do.
We won’t accept the senseless imprisonment of our undocumented immigrant brothers and sisters, which would be the result of such a law. We won’t accept that tax money will be wasted enforcing such a law. We won’t accept that immigrants, both those with documents, and those without, will be racially profiled and harassed based on the color of the skin, or the accent they speak with, which would also be the result of such a law.
Not only will we not accept the passage of this new racist law, we will also not accept the current status quo with regard to immigration. We will not accept the ICE raids in the middle of the night that take mothers and fathers away from their children. We will not accept deportations, which separate families. We will not accept the slave like work conditions that many undocumented workers endure, so that big business can have cheap labor and bigger profits. We won’t accept that undocumented immigrants are scapegoated and blamed for the economic problems that are a result of capitalism and the greed of America’s financial elite.
Instead of the status quo, we are demanding legalization for our undocumented brothers and sisters. Undocumented immigrants are good, hard working people who are just trying to support their families. Legalization would give them a way to fully contribute to our society. It would allow them to pay their full share of taxes and buy healthcare. It would give them the ability to form unions, and demand better working conditions and wages, not only for themselves but for all American workers. It will allow them to come out of the shadows and be recognized for the contributions they make to building America.
If we fail to oppose racism, bigotry and we will be failing in our duty as Christians. Undocumented immigrants are the most vulnerable and weak among us. They are the least of these our brethren. How we treat them will help determine whether we Mormons in Utah can be counted as true disciples of Christ or not.