I'm going to try to write this without flinging world like Nazi around here. I believe we need to step back from that level of rhetoric. Save the Nazism allegations for genocide.
That being said...
The new Arizona immigration law which allows for anyone who is suspected of being an illegal alien to be asked for their papers at any time is clearly egregious. We all know that as citizens in this free country we shouldn't have to carry proof of citizenship at all times. And we all know that I won't be asked for my papers--I'm not a Latina, after all, and that's what this is really about. It wouldn't matter if I was an illegal immigrant, I still wouldn't be asked for my papers. But it won't matter if your family has been in this country for ten generations if you are Latino, you can be asked to show proof of citizenship.
We need to stand on the side of love on this one.
And that's going to mean more than writing a letter of protest, or wearing a button that says, "I'm illegal." The study/action issue "Immigration as a moral issue" is on the ballot for this year's General Assembly. That's a start. An action of immediate witness about this particular law might make sense, as well, in terms of our UU process. We need to connect with the Standing on the Side of Love campaign and see what can be done through use of their resources.
Most importantly this means actually continuing to care and to connect on this issue. It's an issue that, for me, as someone with northern European heritage, and living in the Midwest, would be easy to ignore. It's not my problem; it's not in my face or in my backyard.
So, without devolving into Nazi analogies, let me still offer up this poem by Martin Niemöller as a way to remember that even when it's not my problem that I still need to care and get involved:
In Germany they first came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me —
and by that time no one was left to speak up.