April 23, 2010
Today at a naturalization ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House 24 members of the U.S. military from a variety of foreign countries became United States citizens. In his address at the ceremony President Barack Obama spoke of the urgent need for immigration reform. The president said:
"Today we celebrate the very essence of the country that we all love -- an America where so many of our forbearers came from someplace else," said Obama, whose father was Kenyan.President Obama spoke of SB 1070 the bill that was signed into law by Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer. The law has been called racist, unconstitutional, mean-spirited, radical and a desecration of the Bill of Rights. The President said, "The law threatens to "undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe."
"And so on a day like this, we are also reminded of how we must remain both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws," he said. "This includes fixing America's broken immigration system."
According to CNN, Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona) closed his two district offices after an unidentified caller threatened to blow up his Tucson office and kill his staff members. CNN reported:
The caller also said he was going to be "exercising my civil liberties, and I'm shooting Mexicans at the border," according to Grijalva's district director, Ruben Reyes, who fielded one of the calls.Rep. Luis Gutierrez, (D-Illinios) chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is joining a rally against the bill that will be held Sunday. From a statement he issued:
I am going there to let the people of Arizona know that they are not alone in fighting against bigotry and hatred and thousands will join me this weekend at the State Capitol...
I call on all justice loving Americans to join us in Phoenix. Join us in denouncing this law, join us in calling for its veto, and join us in standing up against hatred when people paint all immigrants and all Latinos as criminals. In so doing, we will be living by a fundamental truth articulated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We need to take a stand