With all the criticism on Arizona’s notorious immigration law, State Representative Peter Palumbo has gone ahead and introduced bill in Rhode Island similar to Arizona law. Palumbo introduced a new bill in the General Assembly that aims to crack down on illegal immigration in Rhode Island, a state has a higher percentage of Americans of Portuguese ancestry (who dominate Bristol County), including Portuguese Americans and Cape Verdean Americans than any other state in the nation. Palumbo recently spoke on local talk radio with some vitriol about immigration, calling immigrants “illegals” and “aliens” and calling for a boycott of cities like San Francisco in response to their official protests of the Arizona law. According to recent reports, in addition to Rhode Island, lawmakers and politicians in Texas, Utah, and Georgia are among those who, in the month since Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law, have announced plans to introduce similar legislation.
The first thought that came to mind when I heard news of this ridiculous bill in Rhode Island was this image of multicultural crayons that’s been floating around the internet. This image brings back some of my repressed emotions growing up as a minority and a “foreigner” in the states. What makes me even more upset is when I hear of Asian-Americans who support the immigration bills proposed in these states and law in Arizona. Yes, people, they exist (more on this later). On top of my frustrations of being officially in my mid twenties this Sunday, I can’t stand that fact that crap like this is happening. Change is happening in America, but not in a good way.