Saturday, April 17, 2010

Arizona's SB1070

The immigration bill passed by the Arizona House is making quite a stink.  You can see the full text of the bill here.  Article 8, Part E:

A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, WITHOUT A WARRANT, MAY ARREST A PERSON IF THE OFFICER HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON HAS COMMITTED ANY PUBLIC OFFENSE THAT MAKES THE PERSON REMOVABLE FROM THE UNITED STATES.

That's right.  Anyone can be stopped at any time for any vague reason--let me see your papers, please.  But the bill then veers from authoritarian to absurdity.    Sec. 5, Part A:

IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO ENTER A MOTOR VEHICLE THAT IS STOPPED ON A STREET, ROADWAY OR HIGHWAY IN ORDER TO BE HIRED BY AN OCCUPANT OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE AND TO BE TRANSPORTED TO WORK AT A DIFFERENT LOCATION IF THE MOTOR VEHICLE BLOCKS OR IMPEDES THE NORMAL MOVEMENT OF TRAFFIC.

So now they'll have to park legally, which of course deters hiring undocumented immigrants.

The Senate will vote on the bill Monday.

8 comments:

pc 10:47 AM  

Has McCain commented on this yet? With the right-wing swing and the primary challenge from Hayworth, I wouldn't be surprised if he supports it.

Jim Hadstate 1:49 PM  

This one will be headed straight to Federal Court. These anti-immigrant laws have been brushing against constitutional barriers for several years now, but this one doesn't just step over the line, it blast past it like Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The stopping on probable cause without a warrant is clearly unconstitutional, because if you have to be racial profiling. If you're stopping them because they committed some offense, that's different.
But you are clearly racial profiling if you're just stopping them to ask for papers. Otherwise, you would have to show that you are stopping an equal number of white, black, Native American and Hispanic people to pass the strict scrutiny test. And the funny part is, I read on the Huffington Post in the comments of a story, that one Hispanic living in Phoenix ask every non-Hispanic he met on Thursday if they had papers with them sufficient to demonstrate their citizenship, i.e. a drivers license or birth certificate + a social security card + a voters registration (all three are required to demonstrate citizenship under this law). Only one person, an immigrant from Iraq had his green card, his drivers license, and his birth certificate with him, and he looked Hispanic. All the rest, nice white folks, should have been carted off to Joe Arpaio's Little Shop of Horrors. This is gonna be funny to watch. The first legislator that doesn't have his papers and is carted off to jail is gonna be REALLY funny.

Greg Weeks 1:57 PM  

Yes, this is not likely to go anywhere. I have not yet seen whether McCain has said anything.

Vicente Duque 10:29 AM  

A few ridiculous uncultured rednecks in Arizona's Legislature want to install a despicable Racial Profiling System in that state :

Racists have been losing lately and will continue losing :

Arizona's Bill of Racial Profiling :

This system is a "Remembrance of Thing Past" called Segregation and Apartheid.

I trust that the United States of America is an Intelligent and Modern Nation. An Intelligent Governor and a Sound Court of Justice may sink this Idiotic Bill.

I do not think that the despicable Rednecks are going to triumph. Others will laugh at the end.

In case that I am wrong then the implications are very grave and sad.

Because If I am wrong then a Nation that has been treading the path of decline and decay, will only accelerate those downward forces.

And this will be only another chapter in the book of :


DeWesternization and DeWhitenization of the World

And I do not need to say any more.


Raciality.com

Vicente Duque

Hipporage 2:11 PM  

We can talk about "rednecks" and "racists" all we want, but the sentiment of anti immigration is out there and growing. While this law is crazy and unconstitutional, it speaks to the frustration of states with no power in this Federal issue. AND a growing public support for doing SOMETHING rather than nothing.
We need comprehensive immigration reform (what ever that is). Now!
But as pointed out the chances of that are slim to none. My guess would be that things like this will continue to pop up.

mike a,  9:46 AM  

This is racism, pure and simple. The extreme right of the Republican Party is completely lost. All the more reason why there is room for a third party in American politics. The fringe right makes all the noise but the center right and center left are not being heard any longer.

Ross Perot was almost 20 years ago. Lots has changed since then. I really think a third party candidate (who is rich enough to fund the campaign) can win.

Vicente Duque 4:55 PM  

AP : Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony on Arizona : German Nazi or Soviet Communist Repression, Children turning in parents, neighbors prying into private lives to report to the State.

The Catholic Church fighting for Human Decency and against Racist Holocausts and Progroms :


Associated Press
Los Angeles Cardinal: Nazism in Arizona immigration bill
April 20, 2010

Los Angeles Cardinal: Nazism in Arizona immigration bill

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jBbaacHSTfwQFWSi7VYGq2utcS_gD9F6VRFO0



Some excerpts :

LOS ANGELES — The head of the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese has condemned a proposed Arizona crackdown on illegal immigrants, saying it encourages people to turn on each other in Nazi- and Soviet-style repression.

The measure wrongly assumes that Arizonans "will now shift their total attention to guessing which Latino-looking or foreign-looking person may or may not have proper documents," Cardinal Roger Mahony said in his blog Sunday — a day before Arizona's Legislature sent the immigration enforcement measure to the Republican governor.

Gov. Jan Brewer has not indicated whether she will sign the bill, which creates a new state misdemeanor of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document. It would also require officers to determine people's immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.
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But Mahony, whose archdiocese has a huge Hispanic immigrant population, said the Arizona Legislature was passing "the country's most retrogressive, mean-spirited, and useless anti-immigrant law."

Similar laws that were previously passed in other states have been repealed or struck down in the courts, he said.

"The tragedy of the law is its totally flawed reasoning: that immigrants come to our country to rob, plunder, and consume public resources," Mahony said.

"I can't imagine Arizonans now reverting to German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques whereby people are required to turn one another in to the authorities on any suspicion of documentation," the cardinal said. "Are children supposed to call 911 because one parent does not have proper papers? Are family members and neighbors now supposed to spy on one another, create total distrust across neighborhoods and communities, and report people because of suspicions based upon appearance?"

Raciality.com

Vicente Duque

Vicente Duque 8:48 AM  

"The Hill" : Arizona's Republicans might pat themselves on the back for passage of this law, but they will be soon swimming in a Sea of Latino Babies and Voters


The Hill
Desertion in the desert
http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/markos-moulitas/93397-desertion-in-the-desert

April 20, 2010

By Markos Moulitsas
From Wikipedia :
Moulitsas is founder and publisher of Daily Kos (dailykos.com).
Moulitsas was born in Chicago, Illinois to a Salvadoran mother and Greek father. He moved with his family to El Salvador in 1976, but later returned to the Chicago area in 1980 after his family fled threats placed on their lives by communist insurgents during the Salvadoran Civil War.[1] As an adult, he has recounted his memories of the civil war, including an incident that occurred when he was 8 years old, in which he saw communist guerrillas executing students who had been accused of collaborating with the government.[3]

After graduating from Schaumburg High School in Schaumburg, Illinois,[4] he served in the U.S. Army from 1989 through 1992.

Markos was born in 1971, often known by his username and former military nickname "Kos" (ko-z), is the founder and publisher of Daily Kos, a blog focusing on liberal and Democratic Party politics. He is also a weekly columnist at the Washington, D.C. newspaper, The Hill, and a contributing columnist at Newsweek.[1]


Desertion in the desert - Some excerpts :

In 1994, California conservative activists pushed through Proposition 187, a ballot initiative that prohibited undocumented immigrants from using social services or public education in the state. Legal challenges and the election of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in 1998 killed the law, but not before California Latinos were lost to the GOP for generations.

Indeed, since 1994, Democrats have won all gubernatorial, Senate and presidential elections in the state except for those won by current Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (originally elected in a bizarre recall election). In a state that is just slightly over 40 percent white, alienating Latino and Asian immigrant communities has been electoral death for the GOP, with few signs of a turnaround anytime soon.
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But while conservatives might pat themselves on the back for passage of this law, the long-term effects shouldn’t be so comforting. Latinos make up 29 percent of Arizona’s population. If current population trends continue, Arizona will become a majority-minority state by 2015. In 2003, more Latino babies were born than non-Hispanic white babies. And by 2007, Latino babies were 45 percent of the total, compared to 41 percent for non-Hispanic whites, and 14 percent for non-Hispanic Asians, Native Americans and African-Americans.

In 2008, Arizona Latinos opted for Obama 56-41, which seems lopsided, but nationally, the number was 67-31 for Obama. Sen. Jon Kyl also got that respectable 41 percent in his 2006 reelection battle. In 2004, John McCain won 74 percent of the Latino vote.

While Arizona Latinos aren’t a solid Democratic voting bloc, this law may very well change that. The Proposition 187 analogy is instructive — the GOP engages in heavy-handed, hateful, discriminatory and partisan demonizing of immigrants at its own electoral peril. As immigrant-rights’ group America’s

Voice said in a statement, “The Arizona State House of Representatives just voted in favor of draconian legislation that declares open season on immigrants and Latinos in the state.”

And as California Republicans can testify, Latinos have long memories.

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Vicente Duque

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