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Three Observations On Arizona Immigration Law Where People Can Be Asked For Documentation As If We Live In A Police State Run By A Dictator

In Arizona, U.S. citizens can be asked for their papers if a so-called law enforcement officer has an alleged reason to believe that a person is an undocumented resident of the state.

(Above–Writing this post about the new police state law in Arizona allows me run this nice picture of the Grand Canyon. Here is the link to the National Park Service Grand Canyon web page.)

This has been all over the news. Here is a New York Times story about the new law with some of the details.

From that story—

“…Ron White, 52, said he felt a sense of relief that something was finally being done about “the illegals” — whom he blames for ills like congregating on the streets, breaking into homes in his neighborhood, draining tax dollars and taking jobs from Americans..“I sure hope it does have an effect,” Mr. White said of the new law as he packed his car with groceries. “I wouldn’t want to show proof of citizenship, but I also don’t feel it is racial profiling. You are going to look different if you are an alien, and cops know.”

You don’t want to be caught looking different in Arizona.

I have three observations about this new law.

1. The people of Arizona have no doubt been happy enough to take advantage of low-wage services offered by  undocumented folks.

2. As we all know—though you can’t say enough—our land here in America was taken from the original inhabitants in what was little more than a genocide. None of the yahoos who ran all over Indian land had to show any documents.

3. If President Obama had signed a law allowing for police officers to ask for the documents of people legally in the United States, he would be called a fascist or a Hitler by the right. However, when far right-wingers actually do enact such legislation, that is okay with conservatives.

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April 26, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. When GWB was trashing Habeas Corpus and ruling in the style of a Roman Tyrant, I called the country the Fourth Reich. The only change I currently consider is whether I shouldn’t have recognized a lower number might be more correct !
    I did a little searching around the topic

    http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/2010/04/25-apr-anti-immigration-cabal.html

    Comment by opit | April 26, 2010

  2. Opit—It sure is something when we have people having to show papers in our so-called democracy. Does not really sound like a democracy. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 26, 2010

  3. Should the scheduled MLB All-Star game in Arizona be awarded to a team in a different state? Should MLB teams stay in Arizona for spring training? What happens when the first player gets picked up based on appearance?

    Comment by Newton | April 27, 2010

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  5. Newton–Hopefully the law will be overturned by that point. And, of course, individual players of all races could say something or sit out a game in protest.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 29, 2010

  6. Yes we can!

    Comment by Newton | April 30, 2010

  7. …and yes we should!

    Comment by Jerry C. | April 30, 2010


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