UCLA Urban Planning alumnus Alvaro Huerta (M.A. '06) recently published a commentary in both the Santa Monica Mirror and in UCLA Today critical of Arizona's recent, controversial law aimed at undocumented immigrants. Huerta is currently a visiting scholar at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and a Ph.D. candidate in City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley.
"Immigrant bashing, like baseball, has become a favorite American pastime. The recent draconian, anti-immigrant law in Arizona only adds credence to this reality.
This pernicious law not only targets undocumented immigrants in this desert state, but also punishes Latinos in general, both legal residents and citizens. Apart from criminalizing undocumented immigrants with misdemeanor and felony charges, not to mention imposing monetary fines and imprisonment for deportation purposes, the law allows for the police and other authorities to stop and interrogate individuals “suspected” of lacking legal documents in this country..."
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