May 01, 2010

Lies about the Arizona immigration law

Let's first start at the top with The Messiah:

"You can imagine, if you are a Hispanic American in Arizona ..." the president said Tuesday at a campaign-style appearance in Iowa, "suddenly, if you don't have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you're going to be harassed."


Colombian singer Shakira:

"Shakira is deeply concerned about the impact of this law on hard-working Latino families," said Trevor Nielson, the singer's "political and philanthropic adviser". "She is coming to Arizona to try to learn more about how law enforcement is reacting to this and how we can ensure that people in the state of Arizona are not being targeted because of the colour of their skin."

Because they WON'T.

Ricky Martin:

"This is not in the script," he said at the ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico. "You are not alone. We are with you. Put a stop to discrimination. Put a stop to hate. Put a stop to racism…Long live love, long live peace."


GOP Florida Senator Connie Mack:

"This law of 'frontier justice' – where law enforcement officials are required to stop anyone based on “reasonable suspicion” that they may be in the country illegally – is reminiscent of a time during World War II when the Gestapo in Germany stopped people on the street and asked for their papers without probable cause," said Mack in a statement. "It shouldn’t be against the law to not have proof of citizenship on you."


St. Paul, Minnesota, Mayor Chris Coleman:

Adding to calls to shun the state, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Mayor Chris Coleman on Wednesday banned publicly funded travel to Arizona. The state law set a "dangerous example to the rest of the country," he said, by creating a culture that made racial profiling acceptable.


The Messiah again:

"What I think is a mistake is when we start having local law enforcement officials empowered to stop people on suspicion that they may be undocumented workers."


Rep. Nydia Velazquez, chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus:

"It is irresponsible for any city, state or elected official to legalize racial profiling and discrimination. That is exactly what the governor of Arizona and the Republican-controlled legislature had done," the New York Democrat said. She added: "This shortsighted law is a step backward in our nation's ongoing struggle to provide civil rights for all. This bill will not make our borders more secure, but it will open the door to discrimination and racial profiling."


The "Rev." Al Sharpton:

"This is about the Constitution of the United States. And this is about making sure that people have equal protection under the law," said the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist. "And if you are a Latino in Phoenix, you should not be subjected to having to ride around with citizenship papers any more than anyone else."


Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo):

“It is absolutely reminiscent of second class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II when they had to have their papers with them at all times and were subject to routine inspections at the suspicion of being Jewish."


AZ Rep. Ed Pastor (D):

“Arizona is better than this. Our nation is better than this. Passage of this bill will severely set back all the civil rights we have fought for in this country. It’s embarrassing to continue to see our state legislature churn out these hate-filled measures that offer no real solutions and violate our civil rights.


New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse:

[She] called Arizona a “police state” and said she would avoid it till the law changed. She compared the law to “the most distasteful features of life in the Soviet Union and apartheid-era South Africa.”


Darrell Steinberg, the President Pro Tem of the Califorina State Senate:

“It’s a civil-rights issue whenever you set somebody aside because of the color of their skin or where they come from,” said Steinberg, who is a lawyer. “And that applies to both legal immigrants, citizens and undocumented immigrants. I mean, how do you define reasonable suspicion? There’s only one way under that law. And it’s somebody who looks Mexican. Period.”

LIE. And, some "lawyer." He doesn't know how "reasonable suspicion" is defined? Here's some legal assistance for Mr. Pro Tem, from one of the crafters of the AZ law -- a lawyer who KNOWS about "reasonable suspicion":

Over the past four decades, federal courts have issued hundreds of opinions defining those two words. The Arizona law didn’t invent the concept: Precedents list the factors that can contribute to reasonable suspicion; when several are combined, the “totality of circumstances” that results may create reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed.

Let the hysteria -- and the LIES -- continue. We'll be here to shoot 'em down. (Oh, wait -- was that "inciteful rhetoric?")

Posted by Hube at May 1, 2010 12:37 PM | TrackBack

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"This is not in the script," [Ricky Martin] said at the ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico. "You are not alone. We are with you. Put a stop to discrimination. Put a stop to hate. Put a stop to racism…Long live love, long live peace."

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Long live the closet! Long live the closet!

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at May 1, 2010 01:59 PM

For years people have worked to improve worker's rights in America. Unions and other organizations have fought long and hard for legislation to protect American workers.
Where are the people calling illegal employers, (those who employ illegal immigrants) racists, and abusive? Are not the folks who employ illegal immigrants doing so in order to get around worker’s rights laws?
Isn't it racial profiling to drive by a corner, see a person who looks Mexican, and stop and ask them if they want to work for you for a low wage and get paid cash under the table? I say everyone who has ever picked up and hired a Mexican day-laborer, in the parking lot of the Home Depot in Phoenix, is guilty of racial profiling. The difference is they are doing it to break the law, not enforce it.
There are many ways to be a racist.
There are many ways to be a criminal.

Posted by: San Miguel at May 2, 2010 12:05 PM

I will take Shakira under my wing and council her.

It's a laborious task, but I am willing to do it for the greater good.

Posted by: anonni at May 2, 2010 04:25 PM