Ask a Mexican on SB 1070

All together, now: ¡A la chingada with Arizona's SB 1070!

For those of ustedes too occupied with the your Drinko por Cinco hangover, the initiative I mentioned (signed a couple of weeks ago into law by Arizona's governor) gives immigration powers to the state's police officers and sheriff's deputies and allows them to stop and question anyone they think looks like an illegal immigrant. Besides being the most blatant invitation to racially profile Mexicans since the sombrero, it's also a civil liberties disgrace that is making the Copper State's greatest son, libertarian icon Barry Goldwater, no doubt wishing he was born in Utah.

A movement is under way to boycott the state and also national companies based in Arizona such as U-Haul and US Airways. A boycott of the state worked back in the 1990s, when Arizonans refused to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday as a state holiday, and it should work now — visit arizona-boycott.org for other companies to shun (and if you're a baseball fan, don't forget to root for your team when they play the reprehensible Arizona Diamondbacks, whose owners shower millions on Arizona's retrograde politicians). But I also want to urge a buycott — there are good people who have been fighting the Know-Nothings in the state for decades, who constantly get threatened and who need our support. Below is a partial list of groups and organizations that deserve your attention, whether a monetary contribution, a kind note, or physical support.

Now, some of the good people of Arizona:

Phoenix New Times: Sure, they carry my column from time to time, they're the sister paper of the Mexican's hometown OC Weekly, and is the base for the two drunk micks who own our parent company, Village Voice Media. But the New Times, more than any other news organization in the country, has exposed best and longest the terrifying reign of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the intellectual godfather of SB1070. Their reporters past and present, especially John Dougherty, Paul Rubin and Stephen Lemons, have been the subject of intimidation, stonewalling, and harassment by Arpayaso and his goons solely because they've exposed Arpayaso for the corrupt, taxpayer-waste of a pendejo that he is. Arpayaso knows how dangerous the New Times is — he once had my patrones Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin arrested on charges so spurious he had to release them within a day. Click on phoexnewtimes.com a million times a day to spur their readership numbers, which allows them to bring in more advertising and gives them more fuel against that pinche Arpayaso.

Flagstaff Live! and the Tucson Weekly: They carry my column — enough said. Visit flaglive.com and tucsonweekly.com.

Puente Movement: Not to be confused with the fine Puente Project, which helps California students advance to universities, the Puente Movement has been the primary organizer of protests in Phoenix against Arpayaso and must frequently suffer bona fide Nazis hurling invectives at kiddies and peaceful people. Visit puenteaz.org

Somos America: A coalition of Arizona groups united for immigration reform, now understandably focusing on dismantling SB1070. Visit somosamerica.org.

Derechos Humanos: Fighting the same fights as the other groups, but from Tucson. Know Nothings despise the group's head, Isabel Garcia, which means we should anoint her the next Dolores Huerta. Visit derechoshumanosaz.net

Border Action Network: Exactly what it sounds like. Visit borderaction.org

Hopefully, I can return to this column's usual obsession with little people and big-breasted women, but let's help the good who fight evil in the belly of el Diablo. Again, people: ¡A la chingada with SB 1070!

 
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Tomas
Tomas

If any of you small minded people would travel the world you would realize it is perfectly normal to be stopped and asked for your papers in european countries (and Mexico too!). Last time I went to Morelos (a state in Mexico) I was asked for my tourist papers by a officer of the law, I provided it to him, and went on my way. If I would have screamed "Racist!" do you know what would have happened? Jail.

M.
M.

Mexicano, I wish I could be your Miami New Times equivalent.

Yolanda Miranda
Yolanda Miranda

This law is based solely on discrimination & ignorance, and it is the basis for millions of future lawsuits against the state of Arizona. My father was an illegal immigrant. He crossed illegally one day and I APPLAUD his brave decision for a better life. Thanks to him THIS BELOVED COUNTRY CAN COUNT ON ONE MORE electrician, a math teacher, a civil engineer, a nurse, a paralegal, a data analyst, a tax preparer, a physicist & nuclear engineer, a clinical psychologist & myself a truck driver. And all of us, HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD FOR THE OVERALL U.S. ECONOMY. Illegal immigrants & their children buy houses, cars, everything in stores you name it, we buy it, & this keeps the economy going. But governor Brewer & her "achichincles" are too blind to see that WE DON'T SHOP IN ARIZONA ANYMORE & that this does more hurt to them than anything. Perhaps they're waiting to have a heart attack & have their life being saved by the son of an illegal immigrant, yes, the cardiologist-in-turn at the emergency room. And maybe then they will see their stupid decisions.

Tomas
Tomas

Thats so sweet. I guess the family in Mexico still waiting for their visa are cowards, right. And guess who else is good for the economy, legal immigrants like my wife and I. That's right, some people do go through all of the hastle of getting VISA's and we are disgusted by people like your "brave" father who crossed illegally. Get in the back of the line in Mexico like my wife had to.

Raquel J.
Raquel J.

Gustavo thanks for your support; moreover, thanks for mentioning these wonderful people who has been writing about the evil Arpayaso y sus seguidores . At this exactly moment I getting ready for Today's Marcha y la consigna será tu idea Ok. ¡A la chingada with SB1070! I want you to come back to Phoenix New Times I enjoy so much your talent in the "Ask a Mexican" Section. Raquel J.

Steveo
Steveo

What the f@#$ do people, including aliens, not understand about the word "ILLEGAL?" I mean, the law doesn't mention mexico. It doesnt say white people, black, brown, purple eaters, nope. It says "illegals".

Chris
Chris

To Gustavo, Westword, and other dishonest open border idiots:

You're losing, you've been losing, and you will lose this debate. Conservative and liberal US citizens OVERWHELMINGLY support enforcing our borders and what AZ is doing. It's fun watching you scream, bitch, whine, moan, and lie while this fact sinks in to your disengenuous heads.

CommonSense
CommonSense

As the son of immigrant parents from Peru, I am dismayed at the response of both illegal and legal Latinos/Chicanos/Hispanics living in the U.S.A. A simple reading of the 10-page law causing uproar in Arizona and across the country (not to mention the smirky commentary of foreign nations) would serve as evidence that this law is not about racial profiling. It is about limiting illegal immigration into the U.S., a job that the Federal Government, which has the CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY to protect our borders, citizens and national sovereignty (read the preamble and Article I, Sect. 8) has neglected for political reasons. And why has this been pressed at this time, could it be because of illegal drug trafficking by illegal aliens? Or perhaps the murder of an Arizona rancher by illegal aliens trespassing on his property, or could it possibly be because of Phoenix's #2 status as the world leader in kidnappings??? Let's look back even further and notice that the foundation of the U.S. was based on the RULE OF LAW, meaning that as a Republic (not a straight Democracy) the rule of law stands above all personal interests and no person shall be above the law, which is the greatest guaranty of justice and liberty in our land (read the Federalist Papers and the Two Treatises on Government by John Locke, pay attention to the part on Natural Law). So let me ask a question, when people from another nation come to our country and do not believe in the rule of law, does that add to our country or take from it? If people coming here believe in the rule of law, why would they come illegally rather than follow the rules??? My parents taught me that my Peruvian heritage was unique, blessed, and something to be proud of, but they also taught me that the United States was my land because it meant that I could be anything I dreamed. They taught me to live by doing right to others, by being fair, by following the rules and the laws. But the fact is that many people that immigrate here do not believe the same things that founded this nation. The American dream exists in many people around the world because they want to live like us, so they can enjoy the freedom and liberty we have by understanding the necessary duties and responsibilities of self-governance, self-reliance, and self-responsibility. These people would be welcome as AMERICANS by anyone no matter their religion, skin color, sex, etc. But let's face it, many who come here do not want to be like or live like us, they just want to take from our prosperity and use our tolerance and generosity against us, taking their piece of the pie instead of adding to the whole. BIG DIFFERENCE! So again I ask, If people want to come and live like we do, why would their first act be to violate the rule of law, the very bedrock, the very foundation of our principles in this country??? It is not about profiling, and if you still think it is, then we should just make it that everyone who has a legal contact because of potential illegal activity, they should be required to show proof of citizenship regardless of look or ethnicity or accent... Oh wait! That is exactly what is in this law.

Steve Kennaugh
Steve Kennaugh

It is ever more clear that those that oppose this law either have lots of special unearned & undeserved & ILLEGAL gains to surrender, or you just don't get it. The law DOES NOT direct anyone to look for Latinos, or brownsinned people who "look illegal". In FACT the law says just the opposite. It bars any questioning based soley on race, ethnicity or color.

"Reign of terror"? How about left-wing extremists fear-mongering hysteria?! Arizona has merely made a very sound existing federal law into state law. Standard law-enforcement procedure in non-emergency encounters is to start by requesting legal identification. Standard law-enforcement procedure is to question further when reasonable suspicion of a crime having been committed is in evidence. This is exactly what the new law reinforces. The new law specifically prohibits questioning immigration status based on race, ethnicity, or skin color. What really scares the Latino and left community is that they may no longer be treated as above the law. Hopefully the very serious federal felony crime of illegal immigration and the attendant document fraud and identity theft that often accompanies it will be subject to enforcement.

rub mancor
rub mancor

look guys i'm mexicans living in mexico i don't need cross to work in the other side, i thik go to usa is like a dream a bad dream all mexicans in usa should to come back you don't need american jobs, we have anice country just got to put more imagination to do jobs, tha americans does't want mexicans because you want jobs better paid, becouse they bring a lot of assembling ship companies to mexico the gringos peid in mexico 70 us dollars per week is bullshet! and the nafta deal brought to mexico big companies like home depot, office depot, costco,burger king and macdonals, and a lot more those companies put the workers earns in the ground so you american are guilty of the imigration too, the narcotrafic is a consecuense of the demand of all the people that get drugs in usa, also the drugs dealers bye a lot of weapons in your soil and bring it to mexico and all the money that come from usa help the narcos cartels, that's why a lot of imigrants go to usa to earn 500 dlls when are good paid but that money is expended in rent, utilities, food, they can't to save almost nothing so i don't see nothing good to work in usa the mexican people should to know that, that law does't help in nothing because the imigration never gonna stop do whetever you wanna do never gonna stop while the narcotrafic and paid of salarys steal the same diference nothing gonna move on, and for this racist law never gonna win never ever!

Jose Gonzales
Jose Gonzales

Boycott Gustavo, he doesn't know what he's talking about.

veronica
veronica

All the president make us promeses but they ever como true. nex time when they want us to vote for them we should not vote for theos people that make promesses

veronica
veronica

I think that the governo of Arizona should have not pass the law of SB 1070. I como from a family that are all mexicans and i dont think that we are criminals. we mexicanns or illegal people show stand up for our rigth and not let that governo take over our dreams.if it wasn't for us they americans would not have food to eat. because it's us that work on the field it's us that do all the hard work.

sarum
sarum

And exactly who was it who was throwing water bottles?

You are not a responsible journalist. You are inciting race wars. There are many citizens of Mexican descent who support the law. Ask your mama. But nope, no coverage of the great divide within the community. No responsible journalism here. No honest mention of the constant banter illegals have at the expense of citizens of the US of any heritage. No mention of the national and race hatred that illegals force onto citizens with great hatred like at little kids soccer games where we are forced to play them or forfeit. Like they are either thinking we have no Spanish or that they will bully those of us who do understand their hate speech into submission. No, the constant hatred expressed by the illegal has solidified the position of citizens of all descent and you will not win this battle without great expense. Is that responsible? Do the ends justify the means? Obviously so in this rag because I see you (plural now) silencing support of the law even in the comments sections. We will not accept your social engineering experiment because the illegal will never be satisfied even with citizenship - you are forcing us to accept a community that will never become good neighbors, will never drop their militancy and their racism and only after national outcry did they finally realize that maybe waving the flag of another nation was not in their favor. Now you are silencing the national outcry against the favoritism they receive in jobs, in our social services and in our charitable organization - favoritism above citizens. You are silencing the truth about their behavior and why they are not acceptable to be here at all. You learned from the flag waving incident to not let the opposition have any voice at all ever. So I guess our media has taken their lessons well from the repressive governments the illegals are fleeing?

sarum
sarum

MOVING TO MEXICO

Dear President Obama: I'm planning to move my family and extended family into Mexico for my health, and I would like to ask you to assist me.

We're planning to simply walk across the border from the U.S. Into Mexico, and we'll need your help to make a few arrangements.

We plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws.

I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here. So, would you mind tellingPresident Calderon, that I'm on my way over?

Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:

1. Free medical care for my entire family.

2. English-speaking government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not.

3. Please print all Mexican government forms in English.

4. I want my grandkids to be taught Spanish by English-speaking (bi-lingual) teachers.

5. Tell their schools they need to include classes on American culture and history.

6. I want my grandkids to see the American flag on one of the flag poles at their school.

7. Please plan to feed my grandkids at school for both breakfast and lunch.

8. I will need a local Mexican driver's license so I can get easy access to government services.

9. I do plan to get a car and drive in Mexico , but, I don't plan to purchase car insurance, and I probably won't make any special effort to learn local traffic laws.

10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from their president to leave me alone, please be sure that every patrol car has at least one English-speaking officer.

11. I plan to fly the U.S. Flag from my house top, put U S. Flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals.

12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, or have any labor or tax laws enforced on any business I may start.

13. Please have the president tell all the Mexican people to be extremely nice and never say critical things about me or my family, or about the strain we might place on their economy.

14. I want to receive free food stamps.

15. Naturally, I'll expect free rent subsidies.

16. I'll need Income tax credits so that although I don't pay Mexican Taxes, I'll receive money from the government.

17. Please arrange it so that the Mexican Gov't pays $4,500 to help me buy a new car.

18. Oh yes, I almost forgot, please enroll me free into the Mexican Social Securityprogram so that I'll get a monthly income in retirement.

I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all his people who walk over to the U.S. From Mexico . I am sure that President Calderon won't mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.

Thank you so much for your kind help. You're the man!!!

TheRumpledOne
TheRumpledOne

Is the US CODE UNCONSTITUTIONAL?

US CODE TITLE 8 > CHAPTER 12 > SUBCHAPTER II > Part VIII > § 1325

§ 1325. Improper entry by alien

TITLE 8 > CHAPTER 12 > SUBCHAPTER II > Part VIII > § 1324a

§ 1324a. Unlawful employment of aliens

WE DO NOT NEED IMMIGRATION REFORM. WE NEED IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT.

ENFORCE THE LAW

We should treat immigrants like Mexico does:

At present, Article 67 of Mexico's Population Law says, "Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal ... are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues."

That would simplify things.

Beast
Beast

Hey Gustavo,

Have you personally read the law? Not someone you know, but you yourself, did you read it? Because I want you to cite where in the law it states, specifically, that police can stop and question anyone they think looks like an illegal immigrant. Since you clearly didn' bother to read the law, I shall help you. Upon a lawful stop, detention, or arrest (which means they already broke the law doing something), if reasonable suspicion exists, police can question the immigration status of someone. Amazing how much different that is from your intentionally skewed perception.

Also, police can stop, arrest, and question someone once probable cause has been established. This is already Federal law, and has been upheld in the Supreme Court.

You have no journalistic integrity to reference this as a civil rights violation, seeing how illegal aliens came here ILLEGALLY ON THEIR OWN. Did you skip drinking the Kool-aid and just pump it into yourself via IV?

My God, get off the media hype train and do some research before you write some drivel like this. You did not research a thing about this law, it is the exact same thing as the Federal Law. Good luck trying to get it deemed unconstitutional, as Congress already passed it overwhelmingly both in 1940 and in 1996.

 
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