Hollywood’s Latino stars are taking to their Twitter pages to respond to a controversial new Arizona law that has drawn backlash from even the White House.
“ARIZONA .. George Lopez is coming .. Oops .. I just got pulled over .. Apparently I fit the profile .. Gacho !!” the late night comedian Tweeted on Friday, following up with more Tweets over the weekend.
“The Crackdown in ARIZONA continues .. The New Taco Bell TORTADA has been outlawed .by GOV Jan Brewer .. As a treat to the Colon"s of her people !” he Tweeted. “The changing the name of PATRON to make it more ARIZONA friendly .. Now .. PAT RON.”
Ricky Martin also spoke out against the new law, which is aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration. However, some have suggested it will lead to unjust racial profiling.
“Racial profiling should never be tolerated, in the US or anywhere in the world. We’re moving backwards. Scary. #SB1070,” he Tweeted on Saturday.
Eva Longoria Parker re-Tweeted both stars’ messages, as well as a Tweet from President Barack Obama’s official account – “The recent legislation in Arizona threatens to undermine basic notions of fairness.”
Senate Bill 1070, signed by Gov. Brewer on Friday, represents a crackdown on illegal immigration and requires authorities to question individuals suspected of being illegal immigrants – prompting protests in the state capitol on Friday and leaving many concerned that the law will lead to racial profiling.
According to CNN, the governor will require officers to undergo “additional training” to avoid such concerns while enforcing the law.