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Protesters gather in Raleigh against Arizona immigration law

Posted July 29, 2010
Updated July 30, 2010

— North Carolina opponents of a tough new Arizona immigration law marched in Raleigh Thursday to protest what they fear will be racial profiling against Hispanics.

The Arizona law taking effect Thursday was diluted by a federal judge, but about 250 protesters still gathered and marched on the state Capitol Building in Raleigh to voice their opposition.

"(It’s an) unjust and inhumane law, and we just don’t want it to spread to other states in the country, and we just think this is … it’s wrong,” said protester Monserrat Alvarez, who said her parents are illegal immigrants.

North Carolina Justice Center organizer Fernando Mejia says his group gets complaints about racial profiling across the state. Organizers said they want an end to immigration raids and deportations and develop a fair immigration policy.

"This is creating a wedge between minority communities and the police, because they do not feel safe calling the police for help," said organizer Ilana Dubester.

Outside the chanting crowd, Ron Humble said he sees things from a different angle and thinks the immigration laws are being ignored.

"People are angry about the soaring deficit," he said. "The federal government won't enforce their owns laws. It's as simple as that."

North Carolina legislators recently introduced a resolution similar to the controversial legislation in Arizona. It would require aliens to carry documentation at all times. Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, was a sponsor.

"We have a huge illegal immigration problem. (It's) very expensive for taxpayers," he said.

However, Hunt said he does not support singling out groups on the street for checks.

"That is profiling, and that is not appropriate," he said.

That resolution in the General Assembly did not get very far. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, North Carolina is among a handful of states that did not pass an immigration law this year so far. Montana, North Dakota, Nevada and Texas are the others.

A federal judge Wednesday blocked a provision in the Arizona law that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.

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  • Vietnam Vet Jul 30, 2010

    "Unjust and inhumane"??? Where is THAT coming from? It's reall quite simple people! If you are here in this country ILLEGALLY then you should be afraid of law enforcement questioning you! However this isn't generally the case as there are "undocumented immigrants" that have been here for DECADES. This isn't profiling... If you are looking for undocumented Mexican citizens here in this country do you start interviewing the Irish? Of course not!! There has been and always will be a certain amount of profiling with law enforcement. As American citizens we are all required to identify ourselves to law enforcement when requested. Why is this suddenly a problem for the hispanic portion of our population, if in this country legally?? Isn't that the job of law enforcement?? Catching lawbreakers?

  • com_mon_sents Jul 30, 2010

    As far as Canada is concerned...they have every right to send back any American that is there illegally. I just don't get it , what's up with these folks that just don't want for people to obey and abide by the rules and laws of the land. TYPICAL example of how slack our society is becoming. Everyone has a "reason" for not supporting a law.

  • gunny462 Jul 30, 2010

    "Get ready for the overload. Whenever you talk about enforcement, they start running to other states"

    Sooner than you think. 12 other states are looking into a AZ style law as well.

  • iamsiam1096 Jul 30, 2010

    geosol wrote - Can't wait for Canada to follow the U.S. bigot's lead here and start shaking down their legal citizens for looking like illegal U.S. citizens.

    hmmmm, this makes no sense, it is not about race or being a bigot. It is about breaking the law. So by your logic if someone is enforcing the law on someone who doesn't look like them they are automatically a bigot????

    IF you had taken the time to read it and IF our illustrious President at done the same. You would know that unless your are breaking the law, your citizenship would never come into question. His "ice cream" example is pure ludicrous and just inflammatory, out right wrong. IF you get pulled over for speeding, you are not being harassed, you were breaking the law and the officer has the right to ask you for identification ie license and registration. IF you don't have any, well then you are breaking the law again by driving without a license, etc... a little common sense folks, please.

  • Sarge Jul 30, 2010

    So if some one breaks into your house and steals all your stuff (which by-the-way is illegal) you worked hard for, you're just going to say, dang I guess they just wanted a better life! There is a reason laws are in place otherwise anarchy takes over. It's just a shame our kings and queens in DC don't understand that until it hits them where it counts.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jul 30, 2010

    It is wrong they get more help then American's. They have been taking help from the Government, I have seen that farmers they give them free housing, free lights, & still pay them. It is wrong. I want someone to give me stuff. I paid my taxes, they didn't.
    Standingforwhatibelieve
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    July 30, 2010 3:36 p.m.
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    Who pays them so they can avoid taxes? Not a capitalist...NO WAY!!! Dont you get it. GOP wants cheap labor. DNC wants votes. Its leading to one thing....North America Union.

  • FlyByNight Jul 30, 2010

    "According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, North Carolina is among a handful of states that did not pass an immigration law this year so far. Montana, North Dakota, Nevada and Texas are the others."

    Get ready for the overload. Whenever you talk about enforcement, they start running to other states. I'm sure truckloads(F-150)are on their way now.

  • G-man Jul 30, 2010

    Can't wait for Canada to follow the U.S. bigot's lead here and start shaking down their legal citizens for looking like illegal U.S. citizens.geosol

    If you want to by a car you don't go to the furniture store. If you're looking for illegal aliens you aren't looking for blond headed blue eyed folks. Insurance companies are the biggest profilers in the world so I don't get your point. Get rid of the illegals and we won't have a problem being profiled will we.

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 30, 2010

    It is wrong they get more help then American's. They have been taking help from the Government, I have seen that farmers they give them free housing, free lights, & still pay them. It is wrong. I want someone to give me stuff. I paid my taxes, they didn't.

  • hjeck32544 Jul 30, 2010

    I think we should send Donnie Harrison down to see Sheriff Joe and learn a few things,and then walk into DHS behind Wake Med and enforce 287G!!!!

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