April 24th, 2010
As reported in Arizona: One Step Closer to a Police State (Change.org 4/13/10), Arizona governor signs immigration bill, reopening national debate and Not in my state: Anti-immigration law doesn’t reflect the beliefs of Arizona’s people (Washington Post 4/24/10), Arizona has just enacted a new immigrant profiling law. Watch the videos and SIGN THE PETITIONS below. For more Arizona weirdness, read our earlier post about Arizona ex-Rep Hayworth (who as you may have guessed supports the new law) and his interest in man-horse action.“Between 6 million and 12 million illegal aliens live in the U.S., the majority are from Mexico and most move through Arizona.” – Time Magazine
“I do not know what an illegal immigrant looks like. I can tell you that I think that there are people in Arizona that assume they know what an illegal immigrant looks like. I don’t know if they know that for a fact or not. But I know that if AZ Post gets their selves together, works on this law, puts down the description that the law will be enforced civilly, fairly, and without discriminator (uh) points to it.” – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) responding to a journalist asking whether she looks like an illegal immigrant
“Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level only open the door to irresponsibility by others, and that includes for example the recent efforts in Arizona.” – President Obama commenting on the Arizona law and the need for comprehensive immigration reform
“I’m sad today. I just think that this is a very bad bill.” – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D)
Driving while black
Is legally back.
But now the trick
Is not to look Hispanic.
According to Arizona state law SB1070,
It’s against state law to enter the country illegally.
Police can demand to see your papers at any time
And to be without those documents is a crime.
The alleged goal is for more illegals to be caught,
But this will affect all dark-skinned people, illegal or not.
Will Hispanic-Americans now be stopped without reason?
Does this mean it’s now open season?
The right goes nuts when you say “national ID card”
Which makes understand its support for this policy hard.
That’s basically what this law requires people carry
If they don’t want Arizona police them and their families to harry.
As Keith points out (and I’ve noted before),
Even the House Minority Leader isn’t safe anymore.
Since Rep. John Boehner is orange,
Will this new law on his rights infringe?
As one Arizona sheriff points out, the law will result in lawsuits galore
Given the number of anti-immigrant hardcore.
The law lets Arizonans sue when they think authorities don’t adequately enforce,
And people will also sue if they’re unfairly targeted, of course.
Claims it won’t divert limited police resources.
And the reason seems fairly clear to me.
How can police respond to all the calls that report
Suspected illegals that xenophobes want to deport
When they hear someone speaking Spanish on the street
Or someone whose skin is a little dark meet?
Even if you’re a legal immigrant and in the country belong,
You’re jailed for six months if you forget to bring your papers along.
Could that be you if you your driver’s license misplace,
Or forget to take your ID someplace?
So even if you’re American
And don’t look like a Mexican,
This law should still your sensibilities appall,
Because this kind of law affects us all.
But just because we need to do something,
Doesn’t mean Arizona did the right thing.
So take action and sign the petition
To protest AZ Gov. Brewer’s decision,
And also sign the petition below to inform
Congress of the need for immigration reform.
Here’s Gov. Brewer signing the bill into law.
Here’s President Obama reacting to the law.
Here are the 4/23/10 Hardball, Countdown, and Rachel Maddow reports.