“As the representative for the 15th Congressional District in Texas,” Hinojosa said, “I am dismayed and saddened by the passage and adoption of SB 1070 in the state of Arizona. This bill, which authorizes police officers to stop people and demand proof of citizenship, takes us back to some of the most horrific times in the history of this nation and the world.”
Hinojosa denounced the bell as “outrageous” and a “violation of the civil rights of the residents and visitors of Arizona.” He said the law clearly violates basic notions of democracy and openly flouts decency and fairness to these people.
“With the enactment of this law,” the congressman continued, “we, as public servants and political leaders, have a moral obligation to question the actions of state leaders in Arizona.”
Hinojosa questions the validity of our freedom when residents can be randomly stopped and ordered to show proof of their U.S. citizenship.
“I come from a family of immigrants,” he said. “This country was built by immigrants and it will continue to be built upon by immigrants.”
He adjured Latinos and other immigrants across the country to urge President Obama to act swiftly and work with Congress to fulfill his promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
“Now is the time,” he said. “We can no longer afford to wait.”