Thursday, April 29, 2010

Arizona Hysteria Reaches New Low

Looks like the NY Daily News is now dragging in illegals to pen columns for them. This guy makes Frank Rich seem calm and composed.
Guilty until proven innocent. Or more to the point: illegal until proven innocent.

That's what the racist immigration law signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last Friday does to the people of that state. Now, anyone can be stopped by the police at any time and for no reason other than the color of their skin. They can be questioned about their immigration status and forced to carry papers 24 hours a day.
I know this is asking a lot, but could these people actually read the bill before leaping to such wild conclusions? It was specifically written so police could not be so reckless. Is there any editorial control at these newspapers that require facts to be part of these columns?
Obviously, in Arizona some are willing to go as far as ignoring the Constitution, trampling human rights and becoming a police state.

The new law forces the local police to question people about their immigration status if they suspect they are in the U.S. illegally. That's the same as saying if you "look foreign," you can be asked for "your papers, please."

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that SB1070 makes racial profiling and discrimination the law of the land in the state of the former maverick, John McCain.

While speaking about undocumented immigrants, the old senator once said, "We need to sit down as Americans and recognize these are God's children as well." It now appears McCain has joined the sorry conga line of immigrant bashers and become a big supporter of SB1070.

But let's not be too harsh on McCain's flip-flopping. He is after all fighting for his political life in a GOP primary against J.D. Hayworth, a conservative with extreme anti-immigrant views. And if in order to get Arizona Republicans to vote for him, the good senator has to betray God's children, so be it. Sad.

"Unfortunately, Arizona is just one example of the toxic climate immigrants now encounter," said Angela Fernandez, executive director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights.

Yet, much to the chagrin of the menagerie of assorted proto-fascists, spineless politicians, white supremacists and professional hate-mongers that are salivating at the prospect of legal racial-profiling and discrimination against Latinos, SB1070 could be a blessing in disguise for immigrants.

For one, it has made clearer than ever that the foot-dragging on immigration reform by Congress and President Obama has to stop. Also, anger among immigrants and their supporters has injected a new militancy into the movement for immigrant rights.

Since Brewer signed the law, organizers have seen a huge rise in the numbers planning to join the nationwide demonstrations on May 1 - a designated day of activism for immigrant rights.

In New York, the two biggest rallies will take place at Union Square and Foley Square.

"The only way to respond to this un-American legislation and stem the ugly tide of criminalization of immigrants is for the President to take bold executive action to stop the senseless deportations and exert leadership on enacting just and humane immigration reform," said Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition.
Why are deportations senseless? If you're here illegally, you do not have any rights and should be deported. In fact, we should treat illegals like Mexico does. Would that make them happy?

You can virtually guarantee there will be violence Saturday and we know where it will be coming from. Will the media still be so sympathetic in their portrayal of these poor, downtrodden illegals after they run wild?

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