This courageous Native man, Guillermo is asking Arpaio why is he treating people as criminals, when they are making sacrifices to provide for their families, trying to reach their goals seeking for a better life. I wrote a translation in this post.
This interview with Joe Arpaio was produced by PBS's Newshour about Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 (SB1070) a xenophobic and racist law that allows local police to check the immigration status of anyone who "looks illegal" targeting indigenous Latino people, mostly Mexicans.
Thousands of prisioners are forced by Arpaio to live outdoors in the desert, facing extreme weather conditions, human rights violations and permanent abuses. Most of them are Native peoples, Latinos of indigenous heritage, mostly from Mexico and Central America.
Mister Arpaio. What would it take for you to give us an opportunity for those who really want to be here in good terms…? [...]
I’m asking him… Mr. Arpaio, what will take for you to give an opportunity for those of us who are here and want to do something for the State, for this country and for our family. [...]
Exactly, so you if are a Sheriff then your responsibility is up to a certain level, the Federal [govt] is higher up here, so by judging us you are going even higher. You are taking away the opportunity from us, because the Federal is up here and you are down here. [...]
When one has dreams, we fight to get them no matter how many times we fall, we get up. That’s why I am here… [...]
Yes sir. [...]
So he is judging us for [the fault's of one criminal]. He doesn’t seek for the one who commits the crime, but who can pay for it. That’s what he is saying. [...]
What I speak of is because I have lived it thru, no what others say. He said he is attacking [the problem], why isn’t he attacking, as they say the sickness is attacked by its root. Why is he chasing the weak? For instance, here I’ve been here in Arizona for 16 years and I never had any problems, I had cars, if there are laws why they give us opportunities and then oppress us? We can get insurances, car titles, with a consular ID it doesn’t matter. Why don’t you start by the root [of the problem]? Why do you start by the branches? You are killing thounsands when you really can start here. Why? Because is it harder ? Or because you like to attack here [us]. [...]
Because I have dreams, I have goals, and one of the goals I set to myself is to come here to do something to help my family…
The Arizona SB1070 law has been stopped partially by the Obama administration, and it is being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
There is a rally today against this law in from of the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. starting at 10:30 AM. Follow in Twitter.