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Stop Arizona From Legalizing Deadly Violence

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Arizona's new bill turns trespassing into a death sentence, threatening human rights and dignity—stand with us to protect lives!

The Arizona legislature is considering a bill that dramatically extends the "Castle Doctrine," potentially allowing property owners to use lethal force against anyone they perceive as trespassing on their land.

This bill, House Bill 2843, spearheaded by state Rep. Justin Heap, could have life-and-death implications for countless individuals, particularly migrants who often cross private lands in search of safety and a better life1.

The Implications Are Grave

This proposed expansion of the "Castle Doctrine" goes beyond protecting one's home; it extends the right to use deadly force to any part of a property owner's land. Critics argue that this bill effectively puts migrants in the crosshairs, raising serious concerns about the potential for unjustified violence and loss of life. Legal experts and human rights activists alike warn that the bill's broad language could lead to a dangerous escalation in violence, with tragic consequences2.

A Response to Tragedy

The bill's introduction follows the distressing incident involving George Alan Kelly, who is accused of killing Gabriel Cuen-Buitimea, an unarmed migrant crossing his property. This case has become a pivotal example of the potentially fatal interactions the bill could legitimize. Proponents of the bill argue it's designed to protect property owners, but at what cost? Must the price be paid in human lives3?

Voices of Opposition

Critics of the bill, including Democratic lawmakers and human rights organizations, have voiced their staunch opposition, highlighting the moral and ethical implications of such legislation. They argue that this bill could sanction extrajudicial killings and exacerbate racial profiling and violence against migrants. This isn't just a matter of policy; it's a question of humanity4.

The Power of Your Voice

As this bill moves closer to becoming law, it's more important than ever to make our voices heard. We must stand in solidarity with those who could be victimized by this legislation and affirm our commitment to justice, compassion, and human rights.

Join Us in Taking a Stand

Your signature can make a difference. By signing the petition against House Bill 2843, you're not just opposing a piece of legislation; you're taking a stand for human dignity and the sanctity of life.

We have the power to shape the kind of world we want to live in. By standing together against House Bill 2843, we affirm our belief in a future that values empathy and understanding over fear and violence.

Sign the petition today and join us in ensuring a brighter, more inclusive future for Arizona and beyond.

More on this issue:

  1. House of Representatives, State of Arizona, (2024), "HB 2843."
  2. Leah Britton, AZ Mirror (23 February 2024), "GOP bill would make it easier for AZ ranchers to shoot and kill border-crossers on their property."
  3. Aisha Khan, Hoodline (1 March 2024), "Arizona's House Passes Bill Allowing Property Owners to Use Deadly Force on Trespassing Migrants."
  4. April Rubin, Axios (27 February 2024), "Arizona GOP advances bill legalizing killing undocumented migrants on suspicion of trespassing."
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The Petition:

To the Honorable Members of the Arizona Legislature,

We, the undersigned, urge you to stand on the right side of history and humanity by opposing House Bill 2843, which threatens to drastically expand the "Castle Doctrine" in a way that could endanger the lives of countless migrants and tarnish Arizona's reputation as a state that values human life and dignity.

This bill, under the guise of property protection, potentially sanctions lethal force against individuals who might unknowingly trespass on private land. Many of these individuals are vulnerable migrants, seeking refuge and a better life for their families. They should not be met with violence for simply seeking survival.

The implications of this bill are far-reaching and deeply concerning. It not only puts migrants at risk but also poses a significant moral dilemma for property owners, law enforcement, and the broader community. The potential for misuse and the escalation of violence cannot be overlooked.

We believe in the importance of upholding the law and protecting one's property, but not at the expense of human lives. There are humane and effective ways to address concerns around property rights and immigration without resorting to measures that devalue human life.

By rejecting this bill, you have the power to affirm Arizona's commitment to justice, compassion, and the sanctity of human life. This action will not only protect the vulnerable but also contribute to a safer, more inclusive, and brighter future for all who call Arizona home.


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Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs in April 2024 vetoed this bill to expand when Arizona ranchers could legally kill migrants crossing their land.