On the Ground in Arizona

Polls have heavily reported that 50-70% of Arizona supports immigration reform. In fact, I was quite shocked to learn it wasn't already a crime to be here illegally. (Aren't the terms "illegal" and “state crime” one in the same?)

What these polls don't mention, however, is how many support only a portion of this bill. While most Arizonians agree with the first half stipulating that it is a state crime to be in the country illegally, leaving out our disagreement with the second half that allows the police to question a person's immigration status based, essentially, on how they look and the simple presence of "reasonable suspicion" is as misleading of a statistic as the language in the bill itself. It's no wonder the rest of the country wants to boycott us. We, my home state, my friends and family, have become the laughing stock of the United States of America.

I'm proud of who I am, where I came from. But right now, I’m not proud of the decisions the lawmakers of my home state have made. It was their duty to foresee the backlash and economic repercussions we will now suffer; and it was their duty to protect us.

So many say they're "embarrassed" to live here, which is so unfortunate because I’ve never found Arizona to be a hateful place. I’ve never encountered "racist" individuals here and I never thought I'd see this state through the lens the country does now. What everyone else sees doesn't reflect the home I’ve come to know and love. Even though at this moment, she has greatly let me down.  

It's hard for me to say what would rectify this issue since, after all, I'm not a politician.

I'm just another writer living in the desert—who just so happens to have a nice tan.

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