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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. Based on how broadly the so-called Patriot Act was extended to everyone, this stupidity will be extended to every target, including LGBT community. "I raided that gay bar because I believed that everyone there was alien to my species!" "Your birth certificate looks like it's from Hawaii, which isn't part of the United States (this is AZ)." "So 80-year Mrs. Snow Bird, where is your visa? What do you mean you don't need a visa?"

    Next? Family planning clinics, mosques, synagogues, Democratic party conferences, ugly people, drivers of foreign cars, pedestrians.

    Lock up Tyson Foods CEO and board of directors and illegal immigration would stop overnight.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Apr 24, 2010 1:03:52 PM


  2. Tell It Like It Is, your argument about illegals overcrowding our prisons doesn't make sense. It's already Federal law that if someone is arrested for a crime and is determined to be here illegally, they are automatically deported. (That can even happen to non-citizens who are here legally, even if the charges are ultimately dropped.) Your argument about the drunk drivers is wrong because existing law is that police do ask for proof of citizenship when someone is stopped for probable cause. The diference is that probable cause is no longer required -- simply looking different is sufficient reason to detain someone.

    I dare say that two friends speaking Spanish to one another are far more likely to be stopped than two friends speaking French.

    What kind of papers are required? I don't know what kind of requirements Arizona places on getting a driver's license, but in California, citizenship is not a requirement and I don't believe (though I could be wrong) that there's anything on the DL that distinguishes between citizens and non-citizens. Even if legal aliens can get an ID and illegal ones cannot, that doesn't help because someone could be here legally and overstay their visa, ending up going from a legal alien to an illegal one. So is everyone supposed to carry their passport or birth certificate at all times?

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Apr 24, 2010 1:22:40 PM


  3. steve, you are more of a piece of shit than that horrid, harpy, bigoted governor. i am of mexican descent. my family has been in texas before texas was texas, and i find this legislation abominable. i would rather YOU go back to mexico than the people who come here to work and get along. but for the god of grace, you missed getting a drop of water on your back by one generation, you traitor.

    this new law flouts the constitution and smacks of fascism. it is clearly unconstitutional. you, that bitch gov, and all the other racists will soon get a well-deserved smack-down.

    Posted by: nic | Apr 24, 2010 1:37:50 PM


  4. Right, "legal process."

    John Smith wanted to marry Pocahontas so he could get his green card. The Pilgrims applied for asylum on grounds of religious persecution when they arrived in Massachusetts. And those millions of impoverished Irish, German, and Italians immigrants informed the U.S. embassies in Europe that they were coming several years ahead of time, found a sponsor here using the telegraph machine, and paid their $2,500 processing fee as proscribed by law.

    Next up on the white comedy tour:

    Native Americans gave us this land of their own free will...

    (insert laugh track here)

    Posted by: John | Apr 24, 2010 1:45:15 PM


  5. Now listen to what "Nic" says. His family was here before Texas was Texas. Then come the threats that we will soon get what we deserve. This is the attitude of a lot of mexicans. They view this as their land, and are repopulating it by taking advantage of public assistance. We're paying them to breed.

    Posted by: Dave | Apr 24, 2010 1:46:02 PM


  6. @TELL IT LIKE IT IS,

    go fuck yourself, you right-wing troll.

    Posted by: nic | Apr 24, 2010 1:51:07 PM


  7. It's about time someone had the balls to do this.

    Posted by: John in PA | Apr 24, 2010 1:55:31 PM


  8. This law is a big steaming pile of crap that will (hopefully) not stand up to the first legal challenge put against it. However, it's also indicative of an untenable situation regarding immigration and, yes, specifically illegal immigration from Mexico.

    While this law is ludicrous, it is not profitable to bash Gov. Brewer or even the legal citizens of Arizona and other border states. They have legitimate concerns at the failure of the federal government, which is wholly charged with regulating immigration, to limit illegal immigration. Saying Brewer/Arizona is the problem is failing to understand the whole of this situation.

    Until the Feds (and the Mexican government) somehow step up and bring into balance the osmotic pressures that are pushing undocumented workers into the US, thereby proving that they have control of the nation's borders, you're just going to see more and more legislation like this. That's the real concern. While this law will most likely get slammed the first time it goes to court, the next one may be more insideous. Eventually, you're going to see a patchwork legal membrane in place across the Mexico/US border that will be fair to no one but the upper echelon while everyone else is busy pointing fingers at various and sundry partial, but not root, causes.

    That is the real threat here, not this law, but the ones that will come after it and have a better chance of sticking while being even more odious.

    Posted by: Quakerjono | Apr 24, 2010 1:56:47 PM


  9. This is absolutley shameful. They may as well call it the "Hispanic Profiling Act" and call it a day. I'm thinking twice about all those flowery nice things I've heard about Arizona.

    Posted by: g_whiz | Apr 24, 2010 2:28:39 PM


  10. To understand the full intent of the White Racist Arizona Tea-bagging KKK'ers, you have to know about the FIRST LAW the governor waits to sign:

    APRIL 19th, 2010:

    On a preliminary vote of 31-22, Arizona's government passed the 'Birther Law' - which REQUIRES ANY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE wanting to be listed on the Arizona Ballot in 2012 to provide a Birth Certificate. The Law now goes for full vote in the congress and is expected to pass.

    APRIL 24th, 2010:

    The Tea-Bag Hag, Governor Gov. Jan Brewer, signs new Immigration Law forcing ALL STATE OFFICIALS to demand papers from 'illegals' based on SKIN COLOR suspicions. If they FAIL to do so, they will be fired.

    So here's what it's about:

    The Tea-Bagger Birthers of Arizona BELIEVE Obama is a foreign born illegal from Kenya.

    Both laws would FORCE Obama to produce his birth certificate if he wants to be on the ballot in 2012.

    When Obama comes to Arizona to campaign in 2012, he can be arrested UPON ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT by ANY Arizona Official and FORCED to produce his Citizenship papers...based on the suspicion he is NOT an american citizen!

    UNDERSTAND:

    1) If Obama doesn't come to Arizona for campaigning, those TEA-BAGGERS will say "See, the magic Negro is really a Kenyan -- This proves it"

    2) If Obama doesn't campaign in Arizona, Tea-Baggers and Republicans will say "See, he doesn't care about you enough to campaign here -- This proves it"

    3) If Obama comes to Arizona and isn't arrested (because he IS a US Born Citizen) Tea baggers will scream "Conspiracy! The Feds have Trumphed Arizona Law, and are subverting the 10th amendment of the Federal Constitution, which is a Socialist, Communist take over of our freedoms -- And this proves it."

    4) If he doesn't 'produce' a birth certificate and fails to get on the ballot, Republicans of Arizona ensure that their candidate is the ONLY legitimate candidate on the ballot with a cance to win, and ensuring anothe sure-thing red state for the National GOP, regardless of how the general Arizona Population really wants to vote.

    IN CONCLUSION:

    This is nothing more than Tea-Bagging Masturbation from a bunch of Looney Art Bell loving, Gun wielding racists; the great-great grand children of Murderers and Thieves who stole the land under their feet from Indigenous Natives in the biggest genocide this continent has ever seen.

    From TANK comes this crap: "...racism and bigotry in that liberal oasis arizona? Noooooo way! I can't believe it!..."

    Sorry to inform you, Moron, but Arizona ISN'T a 'Liberal Oasis' - John McCain AND G. Bush won Arizona for the past 12 years. AND arizona has the laxest GUN CARRY laws in the nation - which is OBVIOUSLY NOT a liberal plank...But hey, thanks for playing.

    Posted by: New Jersey Girl | Apr 24, 2010 2:46:37 PM


  11. @JaneRoe: You obviously got kicked in the cunt and suffered brain damage.

    Posted by: LightningLord | Apr 24, 2010 2:48:26 PM


  12. On second thought, maybe we're approaching this wrong? Perhaps Arizona should take a page from Sue Lowden's Health Plan and just insist that undocumented workers be paid in chickens.

    http://lowdenplan.com/

    Finally, we'll stop hearing about how American workers demand high salaries and benefits, and instead hear how American workers "Won't get out of bed for anything less than 20 cows or a comparable amount of chinchillas."

    Mind you, should equal marriage rights ever become a federal law, everyone will try to start marrying their money. Right now, that's only limited to Randians and certain Wall-Street fetish clubs. So, clearly, Sue Lowden hates the family.

    Or something.

    Posted by: Quakerjono | Apr 24, 2010 3:19:29 PM


  13. You call the bill heinous. I call what these illegals do...heinous. And they are suspisious, everything they do on this side of the border is suspisious. I hope the rest of Americans can grow some balls and throw these sick birds (il eagles) OUT!!!

    Posted by: JIM | Apr 24, 2010 3:39:37 PM


  14. AZ isn't a liberal oasis, tits? You're KIDDING ME?! I don't believe you. You're full of it! Ya hafta be. John McCain is a senator from AZ, and as of late, he was awful mavericky....maybe not so much anymore. How can mavericky coexist with not-liberal? Well bake my bread! You're so smart, jersey girl....I wish I had a glass of scotch to truly appreciate your "intellect". Hey, and I like guns! Don't people like you know that guns don't kill people, people using guns to fire bullets into other people kill people? Idiot!

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 24, 2010 3:50:48 PM


  15. And I saw the movie maverick (remake from the television show) with mel gibson when I was like fourteen, and that john mccain is nothing like him. NOTHING like MAVERICK. WTF...confusing.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 24, 2010 3:53:16 PM


  16. Mexicans who think the Southwest belongs to them are idiots. The United States fought for the Southwest with--guess who--Mexicans who fough on our side because they didn't want to belong to a dangerous place such as Mexico. Mexicans stole the land from Spain 14 years earlier. I say we should kill all illegal Mexicans and their supporters--but children should be shot to death first.

    Posted by: Joselyn | Apr 24, 2010 4:19:59 PM


  17. "I say we should kill all illegal Mexicans and their supporters--but children should be shot to death first."

    MEANIE!

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 24, 2010 4:26:31 PM


  18. I don't know if "toughest" sounds right to me. "Most Bigoted," seems to fit the bill way better. The good news out of all of this is that it's probably going to be what *finally* kick starts immigration on the national level. 300,000 people descended on DC to pass the immigration bill just a few months ago -- and it was barely a blip on the tv screen... but this sort of xenophobic, vile legislation has turned immigration into a big issue again. This is one of the most fundamentally important bills that needs to get done in DC, so let's hope it does and let's hope it's a fair and decent one.

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 24, 2010 4:32:16 PM


  19. They LOVED to vote for Prop H8 in California..So,what goes around,comes around.If this law ever gets on the ballot in California,not only will I vote for it,but I will support the effort with the same zeal these Haters showed the TAX-PAYING,AMERICAN Gays,in California..Don't like that? Stuff that in your taco and smoke it.....

    Posted by: Elk | Apr 24, 2010 5:29:23 PM


  20. This law is blatantly unconstitutional and will be struck down as it violates the 4th Amendment's protection against unreasonable search and seizure. We are not a police state and are not required to present our "papers" to the Gestapo when ever they demand it. As many of our citizens are of hispanic origin and are naturalized citizens or were born here, demanding that they prove their legal status upon demand is singling them out which additionally violates their equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment.

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Apr 24, 2010 5:42:34 PM


  21. Last time I checked Elk, illegal aliens don't have the right to vote in elections let alone place any propositions on the ballot. So who is this "they" you mention?

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Apr 24, 2010 6:38:36 PM


  22. Freaking BIGOTS! These Arizonans deserves to be dropped out of our country.

    That new HATE STATE will be boycotted. They will pay $$$.

    Posted by: FunMe | Apr 24, 2010 9:16:27 PM


  23. Oh, and it does not surprise me to see the racism of some gays here.

    Just erase "illegal", "Mexican", "wet back" and replace with GAY, HOMO, NELLY, QUEER ... it's the same as the homophobes hate.

    Truly amazing the hate that a few of you have here. Whatever. Shows a lot of your "true colors".

    FREAKING BIGOTS!

    Posted by: FunMe | Apr 24, 2010 9:26:01 PM


  24. Elk is just one of those racist gays who slides from under his rock whenever a non-white race is to bashed, never mind the total illogic of illegals voting...

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Apr 24, 2010 10:39:47 PM


  25. @DAVE,

    if i was born in texas, and generations before me were born in texas, how does that make me mexican?

    you make no sense. we mexican-americans helped build the southwest and california. why do you think that names like san antonio, el paso, corpus christi, padre island, los angeles, san francisco, san berdardino, la brea, san jouaquin, nevada, colorado, arizona, nuevo mexico exist? why do you think that words like rodeo, lariat, mustang, chaps, hoosegow, bonanza, bronco, breeze, cafeteria, crusade, embargo, hurricane, tornado have become part of the american lexicon? none of my family has ever been on welfare. good gawd, white bigots are so obtuse.

    Posted by: nic | Apr 25, 2010 7:34:41 AM


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