Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, May 6, 2010

1070's WAKE

They've finally gone too far: These are sad-ass times for Arizona. The rednecks are finally in charge. For a minute, anyhow. This stupid Russell Pearce legislation (Arizona Senate Bill 1070) is so patently unconstitutional that there's no way it will ever become law here.

So, crackers, enjoy yourselves while you can, because the day of reckoning is near. The Obama administration has no choice, as The Bird suggested, but to step in and stop the madness. It can no longer push this issue to the back of its agenda.

Indeed, this has made our state look like Nazi Germany, and I and a lot of other citizens here are getting fed up with the likes of state Senator Pearce, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and [former] County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

They have finally gone too far, and now they must be made to pay by Washington.
Albert Williams, Tempe

Time for Latinos to become a political force: How bad is it when [Tea Party stalwart and former Colorado Congressman] Tom Tancredo thinks the law [state Senate Bill 1070] is nutty?

As Jon Stewart pointed out on The Daily Show, Tancredo is the guy whom Mexican parents threaten their children with when they won't eat their vegetables!

I hope that the Latino community does not lose this opportunity to become the political force that it should be in a state where it makes up 30 percent of the population.

We should all support [immigrant rights activist] Randy Parraz in his run for John McCain's Senate seat. What a statement that would be to put a Latino — who is one of Joe Arpaio's biggest critics — in the U.S. Senate on the heels of SB 1070.
Chad Snow, Peoria

Looking forward to political conflicts: This law is evil. It will, however, make for some interesting political conflicts.

I guess this is an example of what happens when Tea-Baggers attain political power. I wonder whether I, as a white guy, might milk the system for a free trip to Europe if I speak Dutch or German next time I get pulled over?
Joe Curwen, Phoenix

Little hope for economic boycott: I'm not sure any economic boycott will ever come to pass. Look at who the tourists are here now: golfers and old people. Few of them are lefties or minorities.

Doubt any of the liberals who are screaming about the law would ever set foot in this desert, anyhow.
Richard Morris, Phoenix

Don't muddy the waters: While I agree that SB 1070 is bad legislation, you needn't lie about its content to make your argument.

Contrary to your claim that the bill "allows local police to use a combination of 'race, color, or national origin,'" the only mention of race, color, and national origin in the bill are to specifically exclude them as causes of reasonable suspicion.

Section 6, Lines 28-30: "The attorney general . . . shall not investigate complaints based solely on race, color, or national origin."

And it's nice to see that loudly and angrily protesting the [state] government and comparing [its leaders] to Nazis is no longer considered ignorant and dangerous, as the past year of Tea Party coverage has taught me.
Harrison Bergeron, Phoenix

Used to support Pearce and Arpaio: My house value is underwater and I've been looking for a job for six months because my company lost business and had to lay me and lots of others off. And now this stupid law!

It will make it even more impossible for me to get on my feet and support my family.

I'd pack up and leave if I wasn't stuck here because of family. I got a job offer in another state, but because of commitments here and because I can't afford to price of a move, I couldn't take it.

I'm stuck, as are thousands of others, and bigots like Russell Pearce are making life harder for us still. I used to support Pearce and Joe Arpaio, but not anymore. Not now that I realize fully how little they really care for those of us who are having it hard.

All they care about is finger-in-the air politics and, in Pearce's case, ridiculous racist morality. Fuck you guys!
Cameron James, Mesa

How about a law like this in Oregon?: I, and many of the people in my state, support this new law. We have a great problem in Oregon with illegal aliens. I, for one, will do all I can to pass the same type of bill in Oregon.
Larry Reid, Oregon City, Oregon

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We love the new law.Is this article really 'news' when it seems more of an opinion piece?

This laws is the BEST thing to happen to AZ. : )

Diana Woodbury
Diana Woodbury

Hi Arizona - I live in a small town outside of Boston - but commute everyday to work in the City of Boston. Just to let you guys aware that if Boston boycotts you ---- the people will boycott Boston merchants. The People support you in your fight to get the illegal immigrants off US soil. You are not alone --- "We the People" are supporing you.

David Smith
David Smith

First of all , Everybody needs to read the U.S. Immigration Policy and Statutes. In additon , You might want to read Mexico's Immigration Policy.

If you enter Mexico , without papers , It is a serious felony. You can be imprisoned for two years , and pay a 5,000 peso fine. If you try to enter , for the second time , You can receive 10 years in prison.

Rudy Samples
Rudy Samples

Can anyone verify if the picture making the rounds of the Internet is legitimate? It was taken during the immigration protests in Arizona of a man holding a sign stating Give us free health care jobs- no taxes House Food You owe us America and a second sign was below it stating: We will shoot more police in Arizona until we get free!

John Powers
John Powers

A Moment of Silent Violence- An Assassination in Our Little Pueblo

Sixteen quick shots were discharged, but shopkeepers in the busy town of Chapala, forty kilometers south of Guadalajara, heard nothing. According to the Guadalajara newspaper, a silencer must have quieted the reports of the weapon(s) used. It was on Cinco de Mayo, just two blocks from City offices and five blocks from the police station, at a little past high noon when the sicarios (hit men) took the life of the Subcomandante de la Policia of Chapala. The Assistant Chief of Police, forty year old, JoséGuadalupe Gollas Mejia was the former Chief of Police in the smaller, rural town of Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos, just over the hill on the highway from Chapala to Guadalajara.

The newspaper article showed the bloody body of the Assistant Chief , with his shirt opened to show the wounds, lying on the street in the bright sun. Although La Prensa reported that a pistol was used, the size of the cartridge cases lying about the weapon used indicates that more likely, a rifle or carbine was the killer's choice. From my background in the US, as a lifetime firearms enthusiast, I believe that one or more silenced AK-47 or AK-74 weapons firing sub-sonic, low velocity rounds were used. An armorer may have altered the gas operated weapon(s) to fire low velocity rounds and to allow semi or full automatic fire. Obviously, this was a job done by professionals.

The three hit men were seen to be driving away in a White Ford Explorer SUV which was found burned in a ditch within the city limits of Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos. The killers got away, transferring to another vehicle.

When I drove through the crime scene intersection, five hours later, I knew nothing of the murder. There was no crime scene still in place. No hint of trouble. I am glad that I was not on scene at the time when bullets flew.

This is the first real serious violence in our little lakeside community, since we came down in 2004. The largest number of both expatriate Americans and expatriate Canadians is here and in nearby communities on the north shore of Lake Chapala. There are many reasons for this, not the least being the ideal climate. Chapala is in the Central Highlands of Mexico at an altitude equivalent to that of Denver, Colorado. Chapala is in the tropics, but the weather is typically subtropical. There is never freezing weather nor temperatures over 96 degrees F. The area has always been serene and a fine place to enjoy retirement. Food and housing are reasonable. Local people are friendly and the police have treated the foreigners well.

We are still not ready to pack it in and leave Mexico permanently. My wife and I frequently commute to our home in Phoenix and back by air or by bus, when airfares are expensive. Our home in Mexico is above the lake on a small hill. We require neither air conditioning nor heating in this part of Mexico.We believe so far, that Chapala and surrounding areas are safer than Phoenix. If expatriates stay clean, stay out of bars and do not get mixed up in extra-legal activities, there seems to be no problem.

Mexico has welcomed us and we have many good friends, both Mexicans and foreigners. Mexico's government has provided for discount travel for older residents, including foreigners. We can take a First Class Mexican bus for the equivalent of $72.00 each from Guadalajara to Phoenix. Unfortunately, we cannot get the same discount on the return fare because the same bus in the United States does not offer one.

Mexico's government also provides everyone with cheap health insurance- less than $300 USD per year each for our age. I do not know if we can afford the new US planned medical care or not, especially since Medi-Care benefits will suffer. It remains to be seen. Meanwhile we live in Mexico without fear.

Jennifer Shaffer
Jennifer Shaffer

I gathered from your letter you are unhappy with 1070, but I got lost somewhere in the diatribe. Perhaps next time you offer your opinion in writing, you should refrain from slurs like "cracker", "redneck", and such phrases as "the day of reckoning." It takes away validity from your arguement and there's already enough nonsense being thrown around. Perhaps 1070 won't become law, it's always possible, but it's still against federal law to be in this country illegaly, no matter your country of birth. Am I against immigration? No way, diversity is what makes this country great. Just do it the right way.


Hey, Larry - don't even think about it in this state! We are a bit more enlightened here than our Southern neighbors..... No worries, though - this whole state law b.s. is UNCONSTITUTIONAL - states can't "vote" their way into Federal jurisdiction no matter how closely the law mirrors Federal law.... It's like me donning a police uniform (I'm not in law enforcement) and going out to bust people. All the while I'm telling you, don't worry I'll follow the laws.... Would you submit to my authority....? No, I didn't think so....




§ 1325. Improper entry by alien

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

§ 1324a. Unlawful employment of aliens



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.

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