Last week Arizona passed a State law which poses a serious threat to the safety and prosperity of all Americans, calling attention to the great need for national immigration reform.
Arizona’s new law puts many Americans’ basic freedoms at risk by promoting the use of racial profiling as a method for determining reasonable cause. Such policies will not only lead to unnecessary harassment based on skin color but will also erode the trust between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve.
As a State Senator in New York City, I am reminded every day that the United States was built on the dreams of those who immigrated here and these dreams have led to amazing prosperity within our country. To protect these resources which continuously strengthen our economy, we must enact national immigration reform.