I sent Arizona-born Nashville attorney Gregg Ramos a link to a CNN article about a U.S. soldier and his family lamenting the new Arizona law. Here is an excerpt illustrating the soldier's disappointment in the state's decision:
Pfc. Jose Medina, an Army medic, came to the Arizona capitol while on leave, to express his sadness over the law, signed by Arizona's governor on Friday.Gregg wrote me a terse initial reply to my e-mail about this story. He followed up with more detail to more fully convey how the Arizona law is affecting his family, and to draw a parallel between Pfc. Jose Medina and Gregg's own father:
"I felt I had a huge debt to this country that's given me so much," Medina said. "When I heard the law that passed, I couldn't believe it. Because the America I know, freedom, liberties we enjoy, are for everyone and then this law passes and I'm like 'wow.' It's a shame; it's a state that doesn't even want you here? If I take this uniform off I'm just another person who came here illegally."
The members of my family, all of whom were born in Arizona, now are fearful and upset. My father, a proud U.S. Army veteran who served in France and Germany during WWII, clearly wasn't fighting for this.Two ways to show your opposition to the new Arizona law are to support politicians who support immigrants (Immigrants List can tell you who some of them are), and to sign the "Not in Our America" petition.