Raquel Teran has nothing to worry about in the lawsuit challenging her U.S. citizenship, which was filed after she won a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives.
She was born in the U.S.
But that’s not the point.
The point – and the problem – is our political atmosphere where anyone can sue to question the legal status of non-white elected officials.
Alice Novoa, an anti-immigrant activist, has once again filed suit against Teran in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Teran, a Phoenix Democrat, has to show up in court with her U.S. birth certificate, like she did in 2012 when Novoa first challenged her.
“She’s fixated,” Teran told me Friday afternoon about Novoa, who didn’t return calls to Arizona Republic reporter Dustin Gardiner. “She knows I’m a freaking U.S. citizen.”
If you think this is wrong, speak up
So why file a lawsuit for the second time?
I can think of a few things.
Teran should be preparing to take office, to introduce legislation, to talk to her constituents.
Instead, she has to go to court, spend money defending herself and otherwise waste time with a unhinged anti-immigrant activist.
Teran is right to speak up. Nobody should be harassed just because of the color of his or her skin or how they speak.
Anyone who has an ounce of decency and common sense should speak up and say enough. ¡Ya basta! (That means stop.
Elvia Díaz is an editorial columnist for The Republic and azcentral. Reach her at 602-444-8606 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter, @elviadiaz1.