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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. If we are indeed a nation of laws, would someone please explain to me why the 60% of white people who openly admit to pollsters that they smoke pot haven't turn themselves into the ATF already?

    Perhaps we should introduce legislation to allow law enforcement to strip search people who "look" like potheads.

    Posted by: John | Apr 24, 2010 1:46:13 AM

  2. Cheers for Jan Brewer. It's about time someone cared enough about this country to stop illegal immigration.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 24, 2010 1:46:40 AM

  3. What the new arizona law does is make my two young Latino sons suspects who can be pulled over and they'll have to prove they are really my sons and citizens of the USA. Meanwhile my white sons will just wait for the cops to get done harrassing their brothers.

    Yeah immigration is a problem, compounding the problem by adding racial profiling is the work of fools. There is a lot of mean spirited republican logic in back of this...but what can you expect from them.

    Posted by: nauta | Apr 24, 2010 1:47:52 AM

  4. Bullshit bill. When you say "illegal immigrant", you really just mean Hispanic people. The largest group of undocumented immigrants aren't even Hispanic, but you guys don't seem to be going after them. It's pure racism.

    Posted by: Gyeong Hwa Pak | Apr 24, 2010 2:07:43 AM

  5. The Arizona law is the latest example of the kind of racist garbage used to cover the superexploitation of immigrant and imported workers.

    The leaders of both the Democrats and the Republicans have similar racist approaches and it all boils down to easing immigrants entry into a doubly exploited layer of workers while denying them the rights (such as they are) that other workers have.
    Corporations of all kinds arrange for the transport of immigrant and imported workers from border areas, pay them substandard wages and benefits and fire them when they demand more.

    1. Immigrant and imported workers, like all working people, should be protected by US labor laws, paid at trade union rates, encouraged to join trade unions, and treated in all respects as citizens including access to medical care.

    2. They should have the right of dual citizenship and the right to vote here and in their country of origin.

    3. The racist posse's on the border should be disbanded by force and their members indicted as terrorists.

    Leaders of the Democrats and Republicans can't be expected to get past their own racism.

    The best way to combat corporate and political racism can be seen in the work being done in various places to revive El Partido Nacional de La Raza Unida, an independent political party that sprang into life in Texas, Colorado, California and elsewhere during the last radicalization in the early 1970's.

    The strategy of 'working though' the Democrat or Republican parties is a loser's strategy for immigrant and imported workers and for us.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Apr 24, 2010 2:46:37 AM

  6. corporations should be the ones held accountable for this problem, now when somebody is going to be stop is going to be because of their color and nothing else, i want to see polish ppl being stop or even irish but they won't, this law is aimed at hispanics or whoever looks mexican,and even some middle eastern and french look mexican,
    so good luck to people living in arizona because is going to be crazy

    Posted by: josepe | Apr 24, 2010 3:43:48 AM

  7. That's right: have them wash your dishes and pick your strawberries and then shit on them. The only thing more disgusting than people who would support this are the right-wing 'mos in this string who should know better.

    Posted by: kugel | Apr 24, 2010 4:08:32 AM

  8. Im waiting for the first Native American to be challenged under this law. The irony might rip a hole in the universe..

    The problem is many people want laws like this to keep illegals out, but they only work if they infringe rights. Its a tough call, and the republicans were always going to get it wrong.

    Posted by: rovex | Apr 24, 2010 5:15:03 AM

  9. Any law that subjects other groups to the same treatment gays & lesbians receive in the US is good. Let then live our lives.
    I don't imagine that Janet Napolitano would have signed this bill, or the domestic partner roll back, had she still been governor. You can thank President Obama for removing her from office.

    Posted by: mike shackleford | Apr 24, 2010 7:32:56 AM

  10. Oh well! There goes the tourism trade! Stoopid bitch!

    Posted by: irishtxn | Apr 24, 2010 8:40:59 AM

  11. I'm sure that there are many hispanic cops in Arizona.

    Imagine the hilarity when a minute-man gets stopped by a hispanic cop and asked for immigration ID and then get ticketed for not having his birth certificate with him. LOL!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: galore | Apr 24, 2010 8:43:27 AM

  12. Well one thing. If the law require a suspicion about immigration status. It is the burden of the police man to justify his suspicion.

    Back in France where judges have to verify the legality of the procedure if they see that the suspicion wasn't warranted (ie : he looked black) the guy walk out free (and will disapear if he's smart).

    Sure you can invent bullshit but trust the lawyers to make sure the rights of immigrants are well defended.

    A reasonable suspicion could be : the guy starting to run away when he saw the police man.

    Having to possess a proof of immigration status is already mandatory. I should know about it every first bus station after the buffalo Canada border host a throng of border gard ready to check my immigration status and yes I learned not having your paper is illegal as the guy explained to the student behind me before letting him go (unlike that Latino who got arrested). They just ask people what is their citizenship, answer "I'm an American citizen" and your done since THEY don't have to hold papers.

    Yes they can harass Latino, I'm betting they already do like pulling one over if they drive weirdly or go over a speed limit and thanks to that misconduct check their immigration status.

    If your a Latino legal immigrant : keep your paper on you. If your American you are not mandated to have those papers on you by law (in France you win a trip to the police station to "verify your identity" if you don't. No fine though but it would be annoying).

    Posted by: Esurnir | Apr 24, 2010 10:59:59 AM

  13. Anyone who favors this bill is willfully blind to the racism that exists in the United States. It will not do a single thing to "fix" the problem of illegal immigration and will only exacerbate the problem of institutionalized and legalized racism.

    Posted by: LightningBoalt | Apr 24, 2010 11:11:53 AM

  14. This bill enables the police to demand proof of residency based only on suspicion. Naturally, their suspicions will be roused by 1) ethnicity and 2) language proficiency. Regardless of your thoughts on the "menace" posed by undocumented immigrants, or how they are a "drain" on our nation's resources, surely you realize that this law is going to disproportionately target persons based primarily on race. This is NOT okay.

    It will permit the police to harass Hispanic persons regardless of their citizenship, and their victims will have no legal recourse because all that's needed on the part of the officer is "good faith," the absence of which is almost impossible to demonstrate in court. Police can get away with anything in all but the most obviously egregious of cases.

    And if you think the police are fair-minded and even-handed when it comes to matters like this, I encourage you to research the history of policing in America and the use of police force and intimidation to maintain the status quo. The police are a weapon of the empowered classes and will ALWAYS be deployed to prevent social change that threatens the structure of power. This bill is being enacted by white people who are terrified of becoming the minority, the same folks who cry "I want my country back!" when a black man is President.

    Posted by: homoDM | Apr 24, 2010 11:14:33 AM

  15. What makes this so bad are the secondary side effects. A simple example is that it essentially legalizes crime against an immigrant without papers. You can, for example, now rape an illegal immigrant woman in AZ with impunity, as she or witnesses cannot go to the police.

    If you want to fix the immigration "problem" and quick, follow the $$$$$. Jail the employers of illegals. Make it a felony to pay an illegal for 1 day; set the jail time to 5 years ad $25,000 fine per incident. When the jobs dry up, the illegal immigrant supply will evaporate.

    Posted by: Quint King | Apr 24, 2010 11:18:40 AM

  16. So I hope some rich bitches in Scottsdale are ready to clean there own houses when they deport their housekeepers.

    So my guess all you big talkers that support this are getting off your asses to work in the fields, bus tables, wash cars and do it for shitty wages?

    Bye-bye now. Go to work kids.

    Posted by: ronnykmarshall | Apr 24, 2010 11:41:01 AM

  17. Local police detaining and possibly arresting people who are breaking the law? Just imagine!

    And of course the majority of people who are going to be questioned and possibly arrested and deported are going to be of Mexican origin. Duh! Arizona shares a border with Mexico. The illegals aren't coming from Norway!

    Few people have trouble with LEGAL immigrants. It's the "illegal" part you insane leftists can't seem to understand.

    Posted by: LightningLord | Apr 24, 2010 11:44:20 AM

  18. Steve & Tell It Like It Is have it right. What is a nation that does NOTHING to protect the sovereignty of it's borders? We are in the worst recession/depression since the 1920's and there are an estimated 8 million jobs that ILLEGAL Immigrants have VS the 15 million LEGAL Americans (some of whom are hispanic) who have been stuck on longterm unemployment who are looking very hard and desperately for work.

    For the sanctimonious blowhards who throw out decries of racism when it comes to protecting our borders, yes there are a number of racist Republican types who get on the news as the "face" of "anti"-immigraation.

    Whereas the reality is that the majority of us who want to protect our nations borders would LOVE 110% for more immigrants to come into our country through the LEGAL process to do so, as we are a nation of immigrants (except for Native Americans).

    But if an ILLEGAL Immigrant/Alien wants to ILLEGALLY come through the American border, then throw their asses OUT and let them then apply through the LEGAL process to come in. Nuff said.

    Posted by: Ian | Apr 24, 2010 12:32:10 PM

  19. mike shackleford, you're an idiot. right. your typical weho party boi has it sooo much worse than a farm laborer in fresno. how about gays are subject to the same marginal life as immigrants. then we'd know what oppression is.

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Apr 24, 2010 12:35:18 PM

  20. Lightninglord: another teabagger moron who thinks probaly health care reform is tyranny but warrantless arrests in contravention of the 4th amendment (remember that's part of the constitution you simps fetishize) is the empitome of freedom.

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Apr 24, 2010 12:38:25 PM

  21. Further, our borders are so ridiculously porous. I really want to permanently move to England but I have looked into it and it is next to impossible as about the only two ways are through marriage or if a company would be willing to sponsor you, and the government makes the paperwork daunting to discourage companies to hire otherwise very qualified international candidates. So I'm stuck living in America for the rest of my life I guess, meanwhile the Illegals are making a mockery of America's border sovereignty (of course all those American companies that illegally hire them doesn't help at all).

    Posted by: Ian | Apr 24, 2010 12:41:06 PM

  22. Say what you will, but until you live in a city that has been PLUNDERED by illegals, you don't know that blight that this causes. We PAY illegals $300 a month for every baby they have that is born here! It's true! And since you can't send a check to an infant, guess who it's sent to? The illegal parents, who view each and every baby as a raise in their salary. Whole neighborhoods in Los Angeles are ruined, and residents know to steer clear of them. You can't drive into a Home Depot parking lot without being accosted. Dodger stadium has turned into a cesspool. I'm certainly not for living in a police state, but the problem exists, and Arizona's solution, while not perfect, shows that US citizens are fed up. 72% of Arizona voters agreed with the measure! And believe me, there are a LOT of Mexicans who are as racist, if not more, than anyone else. Sorry, I used to not be so opinionated, but live in Los Angeles for a year, and then tell me what you think.

    Posted by: Dave | Apr 24, 2010 12:46:49 PM

  23. Good for Arizona! Illegal immigrants are horrific criminals. Playing the race card over this is quite pathetic. I am gay, Latino and agree with this law.

    Posted by: Remmy | Apr 24, 2010 12:48:05 PM

  24. This bitch needs to be tazed... repeatedly!

    Posted by: Daniel | Apr 24, 2010 12:49:11 PM

  25. "Illegal immigrants are horrific criminals."

    Lupita the housekeeper/nanny is worse than Jeffrey Dahmer!

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Apr 24, 2010 12:58:10 PM

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