Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Horrible Law

Arizona's state legislature has passed a fantastic new law:
The law requires state and local police to determine the status of people if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they are illegal immigrants and to arrest people who are unable to provide documentation proving they are in the country legally.

It also makes it a crime to transport someone who is an illegal immigrant and to hire day laborers off the street.

If it is signed by the governor or if it is not vetoed within the next five days, it becomes law. So if Mexicans or Mexican-Americans forget their passport or visa, they could go to jail? You could essentially be arrested for having an accent? That is simply insane. Supposing this is passed and strictly enforced, if one has Latino roots or a Mexican wife and has to choose between starting a business in Arizona and, say, anywhere else in the country, you're going to choose the non-Arizona option every time.

Where's McCain on this, I wonder? I know he's gone far right because of the primary challenge, but has he had nothing to say?

Update: As commenters Ken and PJK point out, indeed he has.


Ken said...

He supports it:

'In an interview with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News on Monday, Mr. McCain said: “The state of Arizona is acting and doing what it feels it needs to do in light of the fact that the federal government is not fulfilling its fundamental responsibility — to secure our borders.”'

I'm not surprised

pc said...

Well that's pretty sad, but not particularly surprising. Thanks for the heads up.

don quixote said...

It's just the beggining I'm afraid. The undocumented worker is becoming the scapegoat for social and economic ills not only in the redneck state of Arizona but the rest of the country and around the world. It's bad enough that due to runaway monopoly capitalism people have been uprooted and put into the position where they have to become shadowy invisible people in places far from home but then when the corporate puppetmasters implode due to avarice these same immigrant workers are scapegoated and maligned as leeches and lepers on society.
I am calling for an all out boycott of everything Arizona, read all about it at LA Eastside blog.

by donquixote

pc said...

I have hope that cooler heads will prevail on this, though it may take a while. I'd have to go back and check, but my impression is that in most towns where super-strict measures have been approved, the backlash and the legal challenges have made them unfeasible. It just takes a longer than you'd like, and it doesn't quite erase the stink that rises from the fact that Arizona was willing to pass the law to start off with.

don quixote said...

pc, I have been traveling frequently through Arizona for the last dozen years or so, and even on the interstates (10, 8, 40, 17,), I can almost always expect to see the Arizona State Police searching through someones vehicle, especially if they are brown or black, and even more typical is seeing a brown or black person driving a more luxurious car like an Escalade or a Navigator pulled over and standing there while the officer searches the vehicle, all the doors and trunk opened.
racial and ethnic profiling is and has been very common in Arizona for quite a while,but now with the new racist law in Arizona the police are mandated to ask about a persons legal status and if there is any doubt (or if the cop wants to be a prick), he can request documentation of citizenship.
It's a hateful racist and anti Mexican American law that is nothing but fear mongering and racial profiling. It is akin to placing nooses in plain sight to threaten and frighten black people.
It's racist to the core and to witness people who should know better like Sen McCain and the Governor fall into line with the haters and Arpaio types is a chilling harbinger of what may come.
Boycott Arizona!

pc said...

No objections from me RE boycott Arizona. And McCain. He's a disgrace at this point, such a shallow and insidious appeal to the right wing.

I saw a poll from Rasmussen that said that something like 70 percent of likely voters there are in favor of it. That's truly depressing.

pjk said...

there it is. hey, the last time I had to carry ID with me everywhere, I was in CUBA.

I wonder if these lawmakers have ever heard of the 4th amendment.

pc said...

Yeah that's really reprehensible, and the gall to say that it would be really unfortunate if this led to racial profiling while supporting the bill!!