Flanked by Phoenix’s Mayor Philly Gordon and Vice Mayor Michael Nowakowski, Shakira, the pop singer who performed at Obama’s inaugural festivities, blasted our unlawful entry law (Senate Bill 1070) as a “violation of human and civil rights.”
“I’m not an expert on the [U.S.] Constitution. But I know the Constitution exists for a reason. It exists to protect human beings. To protect the rights of people living in a nation — with or without documents,” announced Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.
State Sen. Ron Gould (R-Dist.3), who has more than a passing knowledge of our U.S. Constitution, responded to her appearance with these words: “As far as foreign singers coming to Arizona to tell Arizonans what to do, take it back to your own country. We don’t need you to come to Arizona to tell us what to do.”
Shakira was in town to incite resistance to the newly passed law. “I’m in opposition to this law because it is a violation of human and civil rights. It goes against all human dignity. This law goes against all the principles of prosperity that we know and promotes discrimination and resentment. Immigrants forged this country,” she said. “They came to this country wanting to work hard. They work long hours.”
“It’s not just unconstitutional,” Shakira said just minutes after admitting her unfamiliarity with our founding documents, speaking inside a Radio Campesina van. “It’s a violation of civil rights.”
And coincidently Radio Campesina Phoenix Vice-Mayor Michael Nowakowski is the Vice President of Communications of Radio Campesina, a network of ten Spanish-language radio stations.