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Arizona Governor Signs Nation's Toughest Immigration Bill

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer this afternoon signed the heinous immigration bill I posted about in mid-April.

Brewer  At the time, the L.A. Times reported: "Immigrant rights groups were horrified, and contended that Arizona would be transformed into a police state. 'It's beyond the pale,' said Chris Newman, legal director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. 'It appears to mandate racial profiling.' The bill, known as SB 1070, makes it a misdemeanor to lack proper immigration paperwork in Arizona. It also requires police officers, if they form a 'reasonable suspicion' that someone is an illegal immigrant, to determine the person's immigration status. Currently, officers can inquire about someone's immigration status only if the person is a suspect in another crime. The bill allows officers to avoid the immigration issue if it would be impractical or hinder another investigation. Citizens can sue to compel police agencies to comply with the law, and no city or agency can formulate a policy directing its workers to ignore the law -- a provision that advocates say prevents so-called sanctuary orders that police not inquire about people's immigration status. The bill cements the position of Arizona, whose border with Mexico is the most popular point of entry for illegal immigrants into this country, as the state most aggressively using its own laws to fight illegal immigration."

God probably told her to do it, like God told her to take away the state's domestic partner benefits a year after they were implemented.

Obama criticized the bill on Friday, asking the Justice Dept. to investigate its legality.

Watch the signing, and Brewer's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Mexico is a sorry mess these days due to American drug money and weapons going down there and destroying its civilization.

    Sadly, AZ is a hellhole with the exception of Tucson. Hopefully the humongous suburb that is Phoenix will finally run out of water, over heat and disappear.

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 23, 2010 9:32:39 PM


  2. TELL IT LIKE IT IS: Okay. You're an asshole, Tell It Like It Is. And a disingenuous one at that. How can you say liberals are playing the race card? THE BILL ITSELF more than plays the race card, it specifies that anyone who looks like they might be an illegal alien can be stopped and must produce papers. It's racial profiling and is targeted at Hispanics. The comments on this very intelligent blog sometimes make me want to stop being gay. Then I remember: The vast majority of people don't comment or even have time for blogs, so there is hope for us yet.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Apr 23, 2010 9:39:32 PM


  3. Don't get so on your high horse, Matthew. You're just another of the non-thinking reactionary Manhattan gays. You probably still believe Obama's every word too.

    Posted by: JT | Apr 23, 2010 9:44:55 PM


  4. MATTHEW RETTENMUND: When I get stopped I am asked to produce identification. I am supposed to have it. THAT IS THE POINT - ASSHOLE. TO HAVE DOCUMENTATION.

    And they won't be stopping people based on how they look. There are not that many cops in Arizona. They way would be too overwhelmed.

    Posted by: Tell it like it is | Apr 23, 2010 10:13:58 PM


  5. For those who don't see the big deal in this new law - it is now MANDATORY for police in arizona to question people who they "suspect" of being in this country illegally. And how will they determine someone being a potential illegal immigrant? skin color? accent? No where, NO WHERE, in the constitution does it place the responsibility of proving innocence in the hands of the accused. Innocent until proven guilty. Ah well, round 'em all out and let god sort 'em out. I'm not as educated in this subject as I should be, but I'm pretty sure i'm not obligated to carry state/federal ID as I go about my business (unless i'm driving a car)...but then, as a white male, I guess I don't have to worry too much about it. Hope you enjoy paying out millions and millions of dollars in discrimination lawsuits following this ruling, Arizona. FYI, my trip to the Biltmore in June? CANCELLED.

    Posted by: way to miss the point | Apr 23, 2010 10:38:29 PM


  6. First the Mexicans, then the Gays, then the Jews and then....

    Posted by: Nazi | Apr 23, 2010 10:38:56 PM


  7. TELL IT LIKE IT IS: No, actually, if you're not driving a car you don't have to carry ID. That's the crazy part of this bill - EVERYONE in Arizona should now be prepared to prove their right to legally be in the US at any time. Forget your DL at home while going out to buy the newspaper or a coffee up the block? too bad, guess the police had better take you in until YOU can prove your right to be in this country.

    Posted by: way to miss the point | Apr 23, 2010 10:47:47 PM


  8. JT and Tell It Like It Is are one and the same GOP troll that regularly turns up to defend the indefensible.

    The truth is there is almost no way on earth these days for poor immigrant Mexicans working here to get U.S. visas nowadays.

    What they get instead is exploited, underpaid, denied benefits, pushed around, blamed for every social ill, demonized, exploited more, then separated from their families, imprisoned and deported, thanks to this hateful racist fucking piece of shit law.

    Call the Arizona Governors office. Tell her exactly what she's done to the most vulnerable people in her state.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Apr 23, 2010 10:56:02 PM


  9. Well I am FOR this bill. Illegal aliens are destroying this country. Something has to be done. Thank god for a woman like this with a backbone and substance to do what is needed!

    So what if it inconveniences a few people? Show your id and let it be. If you're legal, you shouldn't worry.

    Posted by: Brad | Apr 23, 2010 10:56:53 PM


  10. I guess the govenor doesn't want Hispanic-Americans to come as tourists to her state for the risk being profiled for their appearance. I'm white and I think I will stay home as well.

    Posted by: Harry | Apr 23, 2010 11:02:21 PM


  11. BRAD: ohhhh, this old argument...if you have nothing to hide, why not let the government check out every aspect of your life, right? Let's start with you...please turn over your computer to your local authorities to make sure you aren't doing anything that would make people uncomfortable.

    Posted by: way to miss the point | Apr 23, 2010 11:10:43 PM


  12. conservative gays are fucking disgusting. even more than felching.

    has anyone heard of the plenary power doctrine? the supreme court has ruled immigration laws are the sole, exclusive purview of the federal government.

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Apr 23, 2010 11:18:26 PM


  13. does anyone find it ironic that teabagger scumsuckers think government barring insurance companies from denying coverage for people with pre-existing condition is tyranny, but the government engaged in odious racial profiling based on mere 'reasonable suspicion' is the height of freedom and liberty?

    i really hate those pieces of shit.

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Apr 23, 2010 11:23:23 PM


  14. YONKERSCONQUERS: I have had friends from Sweden and other European countries who are brilliant and have had to leave because they could not get work permits or papers. A friend of mine who is German just got her green card after 15 years and much blood, sweat, and tears.

    As a matter of fact, it is hardest for Europeans to emigrate to this country and has been for years, ever since a law that passed in the early 1960s. THAT IS A FACT.

    Like I said, there are people from all over the globe who would like to come to this country.

    In addition, many poor and middle class Americans are denied benefits in this country.

    I do think most Mexicans are honest and hardworking and if should be allowed to work here if there are jobs for them. I just think we should know who they are and it should be done legally.

    I can't believe the names and vitriol being directed at myself and others here just because we don't share the same opinion as others.

    Furthermore, nobody ever, ever, ever mentions the role the mexican government and society plays in the larger picture of this. Namely, millions of poverty stricken and out of work people that are the citizens of that country.

    You people are too busy knocking your own country. I think that sucks.

    Posted by: Tell it like it is | Apr 23, 2010 11:25:02 PM


  15. You moron. Sweden, UK, Germany are highly developed, wealthy countries. People don't mass migrate from there because their standard living is very high. People immigrate into those countries.

    And the immigration act of 1965 was once of the best things to happen to this country. And let's not forget St. Ronnie (pbuh) singed amesty in 1986 legalizing millions of illegals.

    You sound like you're mad the country's getting less and less white. Buck and get used to it.

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Apr 23, 2010 11:33:25 PM


  16. TELL IS LIKE IT IS: I agree that the mexican oligarchy has a lot to answer for when it comes to the society they have built, and how they take care of their people. This argument is not about them, but about how to best use the resources available to us in the US.

    Again, it is now MANDATORY for the arizona authorities/police to question those who they suspect are here illegally. So, does this scenario make sense? Cruiser encounters a group of dark skin people in the public park - they might be here illegally, should they stop and check IDs - and arrange transport to HDQ for those who don't have them? Or should they continue cruising and be available to address situations that involve loss of property or threats of physical harm?

    And to your point, since it's hardest for europeans to immigrate, perhaps the arizona police should be stopping pale, fair haired individuals - dangerous illegals! Actually, here in the SF Bay Area, I know of a pretty large number of Brits who are here working illegally...

    Posted by: way to miss the point | Apr 23, 2010 11:41:18 PM


  17. > Let's face it, Americans won't do these jobs.

    Bullshit. Americans won't do them for $3 an hour, locked into what amount to slave labor contracts. If you pay people enough money though they'll do almost anything. But then big agra and the restaurant industries couldn't rake in billions a year in profit without their illegal slave labor.

    Want to solve the illegal immigration problem? Throw anyone who hires an illegal in jail for 20 years, no exceptions. Problem solved. No jobs for illegals = no illegals. Of course the Republicans would never sign that into law, because it would bankrupt the corrupt executards who form the backbone of the GOP. That bunch of clowns could never compete if they had to pay their workers an honest day's wages.

    Posted by: Jacknasty | Apr 23, 2010 11:42:36 PM


  18. Canadians better watch their step. They can be pulled over for "driving while white". That's how absurd this law is. Only people of color are going to be challenged and, that is racial profiling!

    Posted by: Bill Cooney | Apr 23, 2010 11:43:58 PM


  19. agree with that, JACKNASTY, employers need to be held responsible for making sure that the people they have on their payroll have the right to work in the US. BIG hole in the system there - i've worked in HR departments where we've received explicit instructions to process people with documents that are obviously falsified. Government will never go after big business tho who benefit from this cheap labor.

    Posted by: way to miss the point | Apr 23, 2010 11:53:55 PM


  20. If an immigrant is here legally they have nothing to worry about.

    Posted by: James | Apr 24, 2010 12:28:36 AM


  21. how do we know that Jan Brewer is here legally?

    Or James, or Tell it like it is?

    The fact is that there are people of pretty much every race and ethnicity who are in the U.S. "illegally" - so Arizona's law makes it possible to harass anyone at anytime.

    How many of you posting in support of this even have a U.S. passport, or carry your birth certificate with you at all times?


    Oh well. Time will kill this, and we can all sit back and watch Arizona's economy decline even further.

    Posted by: David | Apr 24, 2010 12:41:34 AM


  22. How the fuck do you arrive are reasonable suspicison that somebody's not here legally and thus give the police the right to inquire, when coupled with no other reason for the stop and ask? I mean, what? They're speaking German or French? The nitwit representative from Arizona said you can tell because of the way the act and dress. What a bunch of total idiots.

    Posted by: BobC562 | Apr 24, 2010 12:44:20 AM


  23. Just give Arizona, lock stock and barrel back to the Mexicans. it would be poetic justice for these racial bigots.

    People in this country are protected by the constitution against unreasonable search and seizure.

    This is nothing but racial profiling.

    And part of the republican agenda to create racial hatred that extends beyond Obama to other minorities.

    Because the republican base is the old southern bible belt culture. The people who gave us slavery,and after the civil war replaced it with the kkk and segregation.

    We made a big mistake after the civil war - not solving the problem of slavery, justified by mad (non)christian minsiters as per the bible. All those monsters should have watched their churches in the south burned to the ground. And they should have been condemned to involuntary prison servitude for life . Sort of an eye for an eye solution to the worst people in America. They want to eat, they work in the fields.

    And ultimately they will lose. By about 2040 they will get their due - America will be a majority non white nation.

    Posted by: SteveMD2 | Apr 24, 2010 12:54:36 AM


  24. I am a Black American who most people think is Latino. If I was walking to the store and I was asked for my papers, I would be at a loss as to what to do. Since most places consider proof of being a citizen your passport or birth certificate, does that mean I have to carry mine all the time?

    Are the police in Arizona going to stop Asians? If not, why not? Asians have a pretty large percentage of folks here living underground in most Chinatowns. Are they going to stop Irish people? If not, why not, lots of Irish here illegally.

    I'm not a person who refers to the "undocumented". I believe that people should wait in line like thousands upon thousands of others. I do, however, have a HUGE problem with a policeman being able to stop someone and demand papers based on how they "look". Didn't Tom Cruise make a movie about like this? Isn't this way too much like 70's South Africa?

    What really gets me is that the people who are always screaming about the bad Government coming to take away their right see no problem with this. It is WAY scarier than anything Obama would ever pull even in their sickest fantasies.

    This is just plain un-American, wrong and , I'll say it, Fascistic.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Apr 24, 2010 1:15:00 AM


  25. Anyone who is cool with this law is not a person of color. With the passage of the law me and most of my family would be likely pulled over just because of what we look like. This just gives cops more power to harass people.

    Posted by: Lane | Apr 24, 2010 1:23:21 AM


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