Not just Arizona

Information Clearinghouse
by Bill Quigley


While people protest the terrible Arizona state law that uses local law enforcement to target immigrants, the federal government is expanding its efforts to use local law enforcement in immigration enforcement and has launched a major PR campaign to defend it. One example of the out of control federal program occurred last week in Maryland. Florinda Lorenzo-Desimilian, a 26 year old married mother of three, lives in Prince George’s County Maryland. Last week she was arrested in her home by local police on a misdemeanor charge of selling $2 phone cards out of her apartment window without a license. Ms. Lorenzo-Desimilian was booked at the county jail. During booking, she was fingerprinted. Local police sent her prints to the FBI who in turn notified ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) that she had overstayed her work visa. Even though her three children are U.S. citizens, ICE kept her in jail for two days and is now trying to deport her. This is the result of a federal ICE and Homeland Security program called ‘Secure Communities’ which is supposed to be targeting violent criminals. Instead, this program is really operating a dragnet scooping up and deporting tens of thousands of immigrants, like Ms. Lorenzo-Desimilian, who are no security risk to anyone...

Policing the West

by Mark Hoffman


As they did in the years leading up to the era of fascist and communist totalitarianism, Western governments have attempted to address the problems associated with the transgression of ethno-national identities by delegating sovereign authority to the police as a force of national defense. Laws and decrees encouraging agents of border control to arrest suspected border crossers function to insulate expert guardians of national borders from the political fray. By coordinating national and international policing initiatives, new regimes of border control have produced monstrous networks of relatively autonomous agencies responsible for the protection and purification of Western populations as such...

The audacity of deceit

Las Vegas Review-Journal
by Vin Suprynowicz


Hate speech? Go read the ‘comments’ beneath any moderately conservative or libertarian online blog or newspaper column. You will find any attempt to have a calm discussion of the topics raised by the columnist — including by those ready to marshal some contrary evidence — largely drowned out by a tiny handful of shrieking, post-every-10-minutes collectivist harridans, ridiculing the sanity of anyone who dares question the grow-the-government Obama agenda, let alone calmly cite chapter and verse from Founding Fathers who intended ours to be a government of sharply limited powers...

Immigrants used as scapegoats for problems caused by big government

Liberty For All
by Brian Irving


When times are tough, focusing on illegal immigrants helps distract the people’s attention from the real threats to our economy, a Libertarian Party spokesman said Monday. ‘In an environment of fear, which is where many politicians seem to want to keep us, they use immigrants (both legal and illegal) as scapegoats so they can duck blame for problems caused by too much government,’ said Wes Benedict, LP executive director...

E-mail reveals Arizona law was designed to maximize harassment

by Gabriel Winant


I have no real complaint with lawyers in Washington writing laws for state legislators. Both sides do that kind of thing, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with turning to out-of-state experts. But what Kobach dictated to Pearce here was a recommendation to broaden the scope of police power to maximize the probability of racial profiling. Coates’ point, and Dupnik’s, that police can find a reason to stop someone when they want to stop someone, probably held true for Arizona before the bill’s new amendment. It certainly still does after. The crucial thing that Kobach revealed in this e-mail is that questioning people with brown skin under essentially trumped-up pretexts isn’t just a bug in the law. The legislation doesn’t accidentally risk the possibility of a campaign of harassment. It builds it in. It’s what it was written to do...

Arizona tourism already feeling burn of immigration boycott

New York Daily News


In Arizona, tourism is already taking a hit. The recently passed law that allows local police to question individuals about their immigration status if the cops believe they are not in the country legally has caused a chain reaction of boycotts, canceled hotel reservations and nixed business trips. San Francisco and St. Paul have banned public employees from traveling to Arizona on business. Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland are considering similar actions...

Mentally challenged

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Rob Sandwell


Everyone is talking about the news out of Arizona. The state legislature has passed a law which allows police to question people they ’suspect’ of being illegally in this country, and arrest anyone who is not carrying documentation proving their legal right to be here. Clearly this is all very sick. This is just guilty until proven innocent...

Interventionism, immigration, and nationalism

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sandy Ikeda


I was born and raised in Arizona, so I’ve been following with particular interest that state’s recently passed immigration legislation as well as the ensuing public uproar. People immigrate to the United States for many reasons, though typically to seek economic opportunity. Those who do so legally are also eligible, like everyone else, for government subsidies for education and medical care...

Arizona law foes’ best weapon is dollars

CNN Opinion
by Julian Zelizer


Pro-immigration groups have started a national boycott against Arizona. The boycott promises to be substantial in scale and scope. San Francisco, California, Mayor Gavin Newsom has announced that he will ban city employees from traveling to the state. Los Angeles officials are considering doing the same. There is growing pressure on Major League Baseball to pull next year’s all-star game out of Phoenix if the law is not changed. In other words, Arizona has a potentially big economic problem on its hands. The economic boycott has been a powerful tool in the struggle for social rights...

The anti-Arizona

The American Prospect
by Renee Feltz and Stokely Baksh


Washington, D.C., has a long history of resisting collaboration with federal immigration officials. A 1984 memorandum from Mayor Marion Barry Jr. forbids city agencies, officers, and employees from asking about citizenship or residency. So when the District’s police chief quietly signed on to the program last November without consulting the City Council, Graham was outraged. ‘This is the type of thing that there are so many questions about, so many suspicions about, that it’s best that we just not do it,’ he said during a committee meeting in March. One of the main objections to the program is that it targets undocumented immigrants charged with minor offenses — such as disorderly conduct — and longtime legal residents with criminal records who have become productive members of society. ICE claims the program focuses on dangerous felons, but its own data suggest otherwise...

Scenes from Apartheid Arizona

by Roberto Rodriguez


Tucson federal courthouse: Like clockwork, at 1:30 p.m., 70 short, brown men (sometimes a few women) occupy the left side of the courtroom, shackled at the ankles, the waist and the wrists. Within one hour, they are charged, tried and convicted en masse of being illegally present in the United States. After being dehumanized, they are then paraded out of the courtroom. Most have either served or are sentenced to the private detention facility, operated by the Correctional Corporation of America. This drama unfolds everyday here, every weekday of the year. Welcome to Operation Streamline. Its goal is to criminalize every migrant that steps into this kangaroo court, while enriching CCA to the tune of some $15 million per month...

Losing the Hispanic vote

The American Prospect
by Adam Serwer


The Arizona law may not survive a constitutional challenge, because it gives state officials the authority to regulate immigration, which is the province of the federal government. But if Democrats refuse to offer a strong alternative to the GOP on immigration, one that protects Hispanic rights, Democrats may find themselves a few generations from now scratching their heads, wondering how they lost the Hispanic vote to a party that once advocated racial profiling...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Arizona’s Immigration Law Spurs Copycat Legislation


Immigration Laws Put Five Million Children at Risk of Family Separation

Michelle Chen, ColorLines: "Children are the hidden casualties of America's war on immigrants, and the passage of Arizona's new racial profiling legislation could open up countless opportunities for local law enforcement to break up families by putting undocumented parents on the fast-track to deportation."

Chicago and Nation March for Immigration Reform on International Workers' Day

Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "It was in Chicago in 1886 that a largely immigrant workforce fought, and won, the battle for the eight-hour day. It was in Chicago in 2010 that a modern-day workforce, made up of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants, came out to fight for their latest demand: comprehensive immigration reform."

What Happens in Arizona Is Everybody's Business

Connie Schultz, Truthout: "The argument goes something like this: If you don't live in Arizona, you have no business meddling in its immigration problems. After all, what's it to Midwesterners if Arizona makes it a crime not to carry proof of immigration status? Why should East Coast residents care if a new law in the Southwest targets people of color? What right does anyone living somewhere else have to criticize a law in Arizona that directs police to demand proof of documents from people who trigger 'reasonable suspicion' that they are illegal?"

Forces Align Against Arizona: Four Major Cities Threaten Boycotts; Baseball Flexes Its Muscles; Citizens in Uproar

Liliana Segura, AlterNet: "As calls continue to boycott Arizona over its racist immigration law, many are focusing on Major League Baseball, where nearly a third of the players are Latino. Immediately after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the racist new anti-immigration law, calls for a boycott of her state arose, from La Opinion, the nation's largest Spanish-language newspaper, to Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva, who called for targeted economic sanctions of his own state, saying that 'good' and 'decent' organizations 'should refrain from bringing their business' to Arizona."


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