Cuban lawmakers have passed a resolution denouncing Arizona’s new immigration law as “racist and xenophobic,” recalling an old dispute in the process: the argument that the United States’ purchase of Arizona from Mexico in the 19th century was tantamount to theft…

The Cuban parliamentarians note that many American leaders oppose the law, but said they feared similar measures would be adopted elsewhere, “spreading like a plague across North American territory.”

The lawmakers said the Arizona measure “aims to close the doors on immigrants to territories that were stolen by force from the noble Mexican people.”