Wednesday, April 25, 2012

William O. Beeman--Letter to New York Times--A Test for Arizona's Immigration Law

A Test for Arizona’s Immigration Law
Published: April 24, 2012

To the Editor:

Peter J. Spiro’s take on Arizona’s draconian anti-immigration law, S.B. 1070 (“Let Arizona’s Law Stand,” Op-Ed, April 23), is the free-market approach to legislation.

He urges the Supreme Court, which hears arguments on Wednesday, to uphold the law so it can “wither away on its own.” Mr. Spiro would let targeted populations suffer economic disaster, injustice, prejudice and false arrest until the pain of this legislation forces its repeal.

Social justice demands that those most helpless and disadvantaged have the protection of law. Mr. Spiro’s solution is heartless, antisocial and exploitative.

Minneapolis, April 23, 2012

The writer is chairman of the anthropology department at the University of Minnesota.

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