A Guide to Arizona’s Immigration Law (Senate Bill 1070) for Non-Profit Christian Organizations
Given the mandatory reporting of all suspected illegal immigrants to the state of Arizona, the State has received a flood of e-mails and phone calls asking for clarification on this law and its ramifications for non-profit Christian organizations. The State has put together this helpful guide to assist you in assessing the suspiciousness of the people you minister to.
A quick list of suspicious attributes:
Black hair. Remember, not all illegal immigrants are Latino. Some are Chinese. But if you see someone with black hair, it’s a safe bet that they are suspicious and should be reported.
Wearing a crucifix. Many illegal immigrants are Catholic. So if you see a crucifix, call it in. (Note: the best way to tell a crucifix from a cross is that a crucifix has a body on it. Catholics take the idea of Jesus dying very seriously. Protestants prefer their cross empty.)
Impoverished. We don’t want poor people in the state of Arizona. And before you start quoting Scripture, just remember the parable where the Master kicks the shabbily dressed guy out of the wedding. Then ask yourself, “Who Would Jesus Deport?” (WWJD?) The Scripture is clear on this topic.
They have a job. Remember, Americans would be far more likely given the current economic climate to be purposely remaining on welfare as long as legally possible. An illegal immigrant will be working, even if the job pays poorly and the labor is difficult.
Criminals! By being here illegally immigrants are, by definition, criminals. Just like people who go five miles an hour over the speed limit, or jaywalk, or talk on their cell phones while driving.
They don’t have the right of free speech. The new law prevents people from soliciting work on the street, which is part of our freedom of speech. So ask yourself, is this person acting l as if they don’t have freedom of speech? Are they unnacountably quiet? Do they seem afraid to speak up?
Accent. A good trick is to get someone with an accent to read this sentence: “I’m an illegal immigrant, please don’t deport me.” Then you can tell the police they admitted to being illegal! Works like a charm!
In a Gang. To be on the safe side, consider two suspicious people walking together a gang.
Created Inferior. You remember those famous words from the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, unless they come from across some other Border, in which case, let’s fence those people out somewhere and not allow them to seek after Life, Liberty or the Pursuit of Happiness.”
When in doubt, this simple question will help you determine the correct course of action: What would I do if I were living in a racist police state? Following this guideline is sure to keep you on the right track!
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