I knew the Supreme Court decision on Arizona's SB 1070 would be coming and I sincerely didn't know what to expect considering how the arguments for and against went back in April. So this morning when I woke up to the news that the decision was in, I wasn't completely surprised, but I was definitely disappointed.
While the Supreme Court deemed three portions of the law unconstitutional, the most controversial part was upheld. And so now, officers in Arizona will be required to question the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if they suspect that her or she might be in the country illegally.
Estoy feliz con la decisión de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de declarar como anticonstitucional que se condene a la pena de muerte o a cadena perpetua a los menores edad, sea cual sea el crimen que hayan cometido, hasta asesinato.
Estoy feliz, repito, porque estoy convencida de que un adolescente aunque sepa en teoría que lo que está haciendo está mal, todavía no tiene ni el cerebro (este órgano no termina de crecer sino hasta los 21 en el caso de las mujeres y 25 en el de los hombres), ni el contexto para comprender la magnitud de las consecuencias de sus actos.Continue Reading >
Recent evidence has shown that the Trayvon Martin investigation is still far from over. Just a few days after the FBI said they were examining whether Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, should be charged with a hate crime, a wealth of new information related to the case--including photos of a bruised Zimmerman, medical reports, and witness accounts--was released to the pubilc.
One piece of information that has drawn lots of negative attention? A medical's examiner's findings that the 17-year-old Martin had traces of THC (an active ingredient in marijuana) in his system in an autopsy conducted just hours after his death. The discovery has fueled arguments in favor of Zimmerman and placed new blame on Martin--which I find, quite honestly, to just be ridiculous.Continue Reading >
Sometimes, if we are lucky, we can make a difference in someone's life. That is why I have an enormous appreciation for people that bring important things to my attention, things that I have failed to see on my own. I am hoping that if you haven't heard about Jacqueline Montañez, you will feel the same way I felt when I learned about her.
Jacqueline was arrested when she was just 15 years old for the murder of two young men (rival gang members in her Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago) in 1992. She was subsequently sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.Continue Reading >
Although we won't know their final decision until June, sadly the Supreme Court has suggested it's ready to allow Arizona to enforce part of the highly controversial SB1070, one of the nation's harshest anti-immigration laws. Among other things, the law requires police officers to check the immigration status of people they suspect are in the country illegally.
Today's arguments focused on who has authority over the area of immigration: states or the federal government. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has basically defended the passage of SB1070 by saying that she had to do something to derail illegal immigration in her state since the federal government wasn't doing anything.