Actress Rosario Dawson has joined protests against Arizona's controversial immigration legislation, branding the laws "unconstitutional, unsound, ineffective and un-American."
The Sin City star has teamed up with Michael Honda, chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, to write an article opposing the legislation, which targets non-whites and makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime. In the report, which she co-wrote with Honda for the Huffington Post, Dawson admits she understands why the state's officials want immigration reform, but she's slammed their heavy-handed approach.
Dawson writes, "Arizona's attempt to fix immigration is financially unsound... Arizona's governor thinks she is saving jobs and helping the local economy. The opposite is true. She will run the state further into debt. Arizona already faces one of the most severe state budget crises in America, spending roughly $10.1 billion while collecting only $6.4 billion in revenues... (The law) is ineffective in accomplishing its super-ordinate goal. By treating undocumented immigrants as criminals, it ensures that immigrants without papers stay far from police. This makes it far more difficult for police to do their work..."
"The tenor of Arizona's law takes our nation backward, not forward. With this bill, we are going further from American ideals... In the anticipation that Arizona will not be able to save itself, it is absolutely essential that the U.S. Senate move fast to reform immigration."
Other stars to protest the bill include Kanye West, Jack Black, filmmaker Michael Moore and Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha.