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Univ. of Arizona President: Students Leaving Campus Because of Immigration Law

University of Arizona president Robert Shelton sent a memo today to the campus community saying that Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070, has already caused students from outside Arizona to reverse plans to attend the institution. In the memo, reported by a Tucson television station, Shelton noted,

We have already begun to feel an impact from SB 1070. The families of a number of out-of-state students (to date all of them honors students) have told us that they are changing their plans and will be sending their children to universities in other states. This should sadden anyone who cares about attracting the best and brightest students to Arizona.

Shelton also expressed concerns about the school’s international community:

I cannot state more firmly that the health and safety of our international students, faculty, and professional staff are priorities of the highest order for us, and we are going to do everything possible to help each of them understand the law and its impact. We intend to put in place whatever procedures are necessary to ensure their safety and free movement on campus and in our community.

The bill, signed into law by Arizona’s governor last Friday, “Requires officials and agencies to reasonably attempt to determine the immigration status of a person involved in a legitimate contact where reasonable suspicion exists regarding the immigration status of the person.” People stopped by authorities need to show a valid driver’s license, tribal identification, or other federal, state, or local government-issued identification. Those arrested can be held until their citizenship is verified by the federal government.

2 comments on “Univ. of Arizona President: Students Leaving Campus Because of Immigration Law”

  1. RW says:

    First – this law did something no other action has been able to do – it FORCED a conversation with Washington about the war at our border. The border states have shouldered a huge responsibility in keeping people from Mexico crossing illegally into the US. Their country is at war on both borders. Mexico is defending against the Central and South American invasion at their southern border, and they seem to be happy with the exit of their poorest and their narcotics smugglers into the US. Mexico was against the US in both WWI & II. The crime at our border due to human smuggling, drug smuggling, and illegals sneaking in is beyond the comprehension of most Northerners. I dare say, if this were happening on the borders of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, or any of those states screaming racism — they would have enacted something like this long ago.
    I don’t agree with all of it – but this makes us talk about it. And hey — people – you want an immigration law? How about reading the one Mexico has in place: We could use this one
    http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/lillpop022707.htm
    Oh – and for the gun control nuts, take a long hard look at Mexico, Read their news, pay attention to what’s going on there. Because Mexico has the strictest gun control laws in the Americas. Which means the average citizen can’t defend themselves against the war being waged by the cartel and corrupt politicians and cops.

  2. brownguy says:

    Unfortunately this law means that anyone who looks Hispanic, or has brown skin, or even Native Indians, may be stopped and legitimately harassed by the authorities. While even an illegal immigrant who looks Caucasian will not be harassed. That immigration needs to be fixed is well known. Unfortunately the Republican Government which was in power for the past 8 years before Obama refused to fix this; and now they want the Democrats to magically clean up all the messes they left behind.
    Most people who are protesting against the law are actually protesting against racial profiling. How do you determine whether a person is legally here or not by just looking at them? I wonder how many Caucasians will be stopped by the authorities using this law, as opposed to people having the “wrong” skin color.

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