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4:33 AM Mon, Jan. 21st

Letter: You're lucky to be an American

Arizona's new immigration law, which grants police broad powers to check people's legal status, is not a good law. Don't be fooled by the people who shout, "What part of illegal do you not understand?" We are not talking about illegal immigrants, we're talking about racial profiling. We're talking about official harassment of people based on their appearance.

Some say, you should not mind showing your identification if you have nothing to hide. What about being stopped several times a day just to show your ID? Or even once a day? I have a friend who migrated from Europe and frequently visits other countries. He tells me he has to show his papers all the time; but he only shows them when entering or leaving a country, not just walking down the street.

The inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

Unless you're Native American, your ancestors migrated to this country, most of them before there were any immigration quotas. To those who migrated to the U.S. and jumped through all the hoops to become a citizen, congratulations. You have the right to say, "I'm proud to be an American." Those of us who were born here are just lucky to be an American.

Marcus "Pete" Hoover

Golden Valley