Governor Jan Brewer's CCA Ties Burn Like Neon, and News for Liberals: J.T. Ready's Still a Neo-Nazi

CCA RULES

In May, I reported in my Feathered Bastard blog that executives and lobbyists for the giant, Tennessee-based prison company Corrections Corporation of America had donated $1,780 in "seed money" for Governor Jan Brewer's Clean Elections campaign.

Such early contributions are limited to $140 per person. But if that seems like chump change, consider that CCA also contributed a whopping $10,000 to the campaign for Prop 100, the state sales-tax initiative, the success of which was considered key to Brewer's bid to be more than an "accidental" governor.

The proposition was approved overwhelmingly by voters in May.

What's the big deal with the CCA contributions? CCA operates six prisons in Arizona, three of which house detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

As this column goes to press, SB 1070, Arizona's "breathing-while-brown" law, awaits the decision of U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton on whether she will grant an injunction of all or part of the statute.

The various enforcement provisions of 1070 practically ensure that more undocumented folks will be turned over to ICE. CCA probably will end up holding some of these individuals as they wait for removal proceedings or if they are convicted of federal immigration-related crimes.

So CCA stands to profit from SB 1070, and as recent reports from the investigative magazine In These Times and Phoenix's CBS 5 (KPHO) indicate, Brewer's relationship to CCA runs far deeper than just the political contributions mentioned above.

In These Times' July issue featured a story by Beau Hodai that revealed that Brewer's top flack, Paul Senseman, worked for Arizona's Policy Development Group, which lists CCA as a client. Senseman's wife, Kathy, is listed with the firm as a lobbyist for CCA.

Hodai also reported that the CCA employs Highground Public Affairs Consultants to represent its interests in Arizona. Highground's president is Chuck Coughlin, Brewer's top political adviser and the man running her gubernatorial campaign.

Though In These Times was the first to publish this information, CBS 5's investigative unit was the first to run with it locally.

During a recent newscast, reporter Morgan Loew revealed that CCA gets $11 million a month for inmates in the company's Arizona facilities.

Loew got that figure from the U.S. Marshal's Office. Marshal David Gonzales confirmed the figure to me. But he said that's just what he pays CCA for holding his prisoners, many of whom have been convicted on immigration-related offenses.

So that $11 million doesn't include whatever ICE pays CCA for the same services. I've asked ICE for that number, but it hasn't gotten back to me.

Loew sandbagged Brewer at an event, but Brewer refused to answer questions about her advisers' ties to CCA.

Brewer's boy was willing to chat it up with me about his big-dollar, private prison client, however.

Clearly miffed by the CBS 5 report, Coughlin referred to it as "drive-by" journalism, and claimed that CCA "doesn't house any Arizona prisoners."

"They don't house those types of inmates," insisted Coughlin regarding CCA and immigration-related collars. "[The CBS 5 report] is . . . a total piece of made-up journalism."

When I told him that I'd been to the federal courthouse in Tucson myself, and witnessed CCA buses carting people convicted of immigration crimes, he backpedaled — but not by much.

"That may be a federal contract," he said. "It has nothing to do with the state."

But it will have something to do with the state if 1070 takes effect, as 1070 is all about local police enforcing federal immigration law to the fullest extent possible. Indeed, law enforcement agencies that do not enforce 1070 can be sued by Arizona citizens under one of the law's provisions.

The law makes "attrition through enforcement" the policy of Arizona, and one provision requires that all those arrested have their immigration status checked before they are released.

If CCA ends up holding some of these individuals, then 1070 will benefit CCA directly.

"If that happens, if it were the case, if ICE does," scoffed Coughlin. "You have a lot of ifs down the road that's not a matter of fact right now. We're not working on speculative ventures here. We had no position on 1070. We did not lobby on 1070."

Didn't lobby on 1070? That's one hard-to-swallow lump of coal. I asked Coughlin if he was telling me he'd never talked to Brewer about 1070 or advised her to sign the bill, as many presume he did.

"I talk with her about a lot of stuff," he admitted. "Of course, we talked about 1070. We run her campaign. Absolutely."

Coughlin also admitted that his firm began representing CCA "over a year ago." So he was representing CCA at the same time he was advising Brewer on whether to sign the law.

If that's not a conflict of interest big enough to drive a semi through, I don't know what is.

Neither Brewer's flack Senseman nor CCA responded to requests for comment for this column. But when I wrote about CCA and Brewer in May, CCA spokeswoman Louise Grant was not shy about gabbing.

Grant maintained that CCA has no position on 1070. She denied that the law would be good for her employer or that CCA had any influence over the drafting of the law.

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Albert123
Albert123

This Steven Lemons guy needs to get real. Brewer has done the right thing and painting her as a radical won't help that fool Gaddard. The fact is, whether he or any other pro-illegal wants to admit it, 1070 doesn't allow "Breathing-While-Brown" to be an issue. Getting illegals out of our country and securing the border is one of the FEW things our government is supposed to be doing to protect our country. If your argument is that these are just refugees trying to improve their lives and that they commit no crimes, try dealing with drop houses across the street from where your children play. Try dealing with people stealing your identity and completely wrecking your finances. Try the fact that we put their children through schools and get health care on our dime. Do you know how much my health insurance costs? I'm sure they don't. That's not even the tip of the iceberg. People need to realize that there are really horrible situations everywhere, all over the world, but what we have to do is protect ourselves first, Mexico needs to fix Mexico. It's not my problem. If you want to come here, do it LEGALLY, so you can contribute like the rest.

former republican
former republican

This book should be required reading for all... the culture of cruelty dates back and explains where Arizona finds itself today - sinking further into a black hole unless they begin thinking about about reform. That taxpayers can no longer sustain what the legislators have created. Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment - Mona Lynchhttp://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id...

pamfila
pamfila

Our Governor of Arizona, yes, she deserves a great big medal of honor....yes, she does!!! You just dare come into a valley where it is stated that they provide fruits/vegetables for our tables...start with our farmers who hire them....the only proof they have to give to Fresno, CA is some birthcertificate stolen from some dummy....you have people working those offices whose parents came to USA illegally...they are protecting their own, yet they are trusted and hired....

pamila
pamila

Admit it!!! Yes, it hurts...our country is being infested with unwanted contamination...yes sir/maam, our country is being infested, just like those little critters who got into our homes (rats)...yes sir/madam, when you go to one of those electronic local stores, it is very easy to buy a phone radio; your phone conversation is being listened to by illegals or women who marry/date illegals; otherwise, they will not have a man....so when your birth certificate is stole, guess what, yes they are king/queen to the illegals to get into our USA!!!!

Pamfila
Pamfila

Look Man!!! How far is this phony stuff going????????????? America the Beautiful belongs just to what it says, "America the Beautiful"""I just posted yesterday, how easy as ABC it is to go to Salinas, CA...just tell them your daddy was born in Arizona, your mommie was born in Arizona...yes, they will go to the archives...Man, just who are you kidding?????????In approximately 1/2 hour you are given the birth certificate...no ID requested...GET REAL!!!! Please do not waste my time until you get it together, because that is very easy!!!!!Just go to Salinas, CA, fill our that little paper (hopefully you have the stolen person's info to complete the smallest document in this whole wide world...They will NOT ask you for an ID...trust me...just fill that little application for your birth certificate...wala...you will have the birth certificate in you little desperate hand with the birth certificate to out beat the so called sworn officers, who sweared to protect our USA

SB1070
SB1070

Arizona hold inmates from many other states - something you noticeably left out of your column (Gee, we all wonder why?). What is wrong with the state holding ICE inmates - or are you advocating the building of Federal ICE facilities (or better yet, "camps") to house all of the illegal interlopers? Isn't it the Feds job to prosecute and incarcerate border jumpers? Shouldn't the states assist the Fed in doing that? Shouldn't the Fed pay the state facilities for housing THEIR criminals? This article truly is drive-by journalism at its finest. Focusing on one neo-nazi clown or a few million dollars of detention contracts and ignoring the 2.9 billion dollars that illegal immigrants cost the state of Arizona annually - well, that just smacks of bias, ignorance and an agenda.

Anon
Anon

This stands out from the previous article:

"The NRA campaign, dubbed "CrimeStrike," was seen by many as a reaction to the Clinton administration's efforts to pass gun control. CrimeStrike set forth the precept that "guns don't kill people, people kill people" and derided any legislator backing gun control as being "soft on crime." With memories of the Willie Horton disaster of the failed 1988 Michael Dukakis presidential campaign still on the minds of lawmakers, this accusation hit a nerve and elicited knee-jerk support of the laws by Democrats.

By 1996, CrimeStrike claimed credit for the passage of three strikes laws in Washington, California, Georgia, Delaware and North Carolina, as well as truth-in-sentencing laws in Arizona, Mississippi and Virginia. Subsequently, prison populations surged.

While the NRA was busy peddling these laws through CrimeStrike, ALEC was pushing its agenda in Pennsylvania with the help of former George H.W. Bush Attorney General William Barr and then-Pennsylvania governor and ALEC member Tom Ridge, a future director of the Department of Homeland Security."

Spotlight Shines Harshly!
Spotlight Shines Harshly!

http://www.inthesetimes.com/ar...

Corporate Con GameHow the private prison industry helped shape Arizona’s anti-immigrant law.

By BEAU HODAIexcerpt:"On May 29 in Tucson, Ariz., a policeman questions a man in the city’s predominately Latino south side. The Tucson Police Department is gearing up to train its officers on how to implement the state’s new immigration law, S.B. 1070. (Photo by: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) include Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Geo Group and 36 Arizona state legislators.For a detailed schematic of the connections between Arizona politicians and the private prison industry, see this story's sidebar, "Ties That Bind."

Meet the Old War, Same as the New War

The war on undocumented immigrants initiated by Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce (R-Mesa) is not the first time legislation sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has filled the nets and bank accounts of the private prison industry.

In the early '90s, the ALEC's Criminal Justice Task Force was co-chaired by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country's largest private prison company. During those years, the National Rifle Association (NRA), another task force member (and the current task force co-chair), initiated a campaign to introduce two pieces of ALEC-inspired legislation at the state and federal level: the so-called "truth-in-sentencing" and "three-strikes-you're-out" laws. Truth-in-sentencing called for all violent offenders to serve 85 percent of their sentences before being eligible for release. Three strikes called for mandatory life imprisonment for a third felony conviction.

The NRA campaign, dubbed "CrimeStrike," was seen by many as a reaction to the Clinton administration's efforts to pass gun control. CrimeStrike set forth the precept that "guns don't kill people, people kill people" and derided any legislator backing gun control as being "soft on crime." With memories of the Willie Horton disaster of the failed 1988 Michael Dukakis presidential campaign still on the minds of lawmakers, this accusation hit a nerve and elicited knee-jerk support of the laws by Democrats.

By 1996, CrimeStrike claimed credit for the passage of three strikes laws in Washington, California, Georgia, Delaware and North Carolina, as well as truth-in-sentencing laws in Arizona, Mississippi and Virginia. Subsequently, prison populations surged.

While the NRA was busy peddling these laws through CrimeStrike, ALEC was pushing its agenda in Pennsylvania with the help of former George H.W. Bush Attorney General William Barr and then-Pennsylvania governor and ALEC member Tom Ridge, a future director of the Department of Homeland Security.

In 1995, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed several pieces of tough-on-crime laws based on ALEC model legislation. ALEC member and State Rep. John Perzel (R-Philadelphia) was the Pennsylvania House majority leader from 1995 to 2003, when he was elected House speaker. In 2005, he joined the board of directors of ALEC member Geo Group, the nation's second largest private prison corporation. Perzel resigned from the corporation's board In November 2009, following an indictment handed down that same month for his alleged role in a scandal. His staffers and other lawmakers were charged with using taxpayer dollars to fund their campaign activities.

In May, Pennsylvania legislators introduced the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act," making Pennsylvania one of the first states to consider legislation modeled on ALEC's Sanctuary Cities Act...."

CCA.Brewer.Senseman.Coughlin
CCA.Brewer.Senseman.Coughlin

http://www.inthesetimes.com/su... | http://www.inthesetimes.com/do...

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Ties That Bind: Arizona Politicians and the Private Prison Industry

A revolving cast of lobbyists and legislators blur the line between public service and corporate profits.

By Beau HodaiJune 21, 2010

This story accompanies Corporate Con Game, In These Times' July 2010 cover story.

Excerpt: "Over the past several years private-prison companies Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the Geo Group, through their work as members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and through their ties to the Arizona Legislature and the office of Gov. Jan Brewer, have had ample opportunity--and obvious intent--to ensure the passage of S.B. 1070.

According to Sen. Russell Pearce and Brewer's spokesman Paul Senseman, the S.B. 1070 went through a lengthy edit and review process that took place predominantly within the Arizona Legislature and the offices of the Maricopa County Attorney and Gov. Brewer.

A little over a week after Pearce introduced S.B. 1070 on the floor of the Arizona Senate, CCA enlisted Highground Consulting, one of the most influential lobbying firms in Phoenix, to represent its interests in the state. Lobby disclosure forms filed with the Arizona Secretary of State indicate that Maricopa County also employed Highground during the time of the bill's formation. Highground's owner and principal, Charles "Chuck" Coughlin, is a top advisor and the current campaign manager of Gov. Brewer.

State lobby reports show that Brewer's current spokesman, Senseman, previously worked as CCA's chief lobbyist in Arizona as an employee of Policy Development Group, another influential Phoenix consulting firm. His wife, Kathryn Senseman, is still employed by Policy Development Group and still lobbies the legislature on behalf of CCA.

In other words, in 2005 and 2006, as Arizona legislators--many of them ALEC members--were drafting provisions of what would eventually become the "Breathing While Brown" law, Brewer's director of communications, Senseman, was lobbying them on behalf of CCA..."

Moesepp1
Moesepp1

Lame Stream Media wannabe. Sound byte syndrome. Classic case of rectocranial inversion. My high schoolers know more about this issue than you wrote. Dumbocratic policies are ruining our country. It is not too late to stem the tide and we are moving to do so. Tea Parties everywhere and Libertarians are steering the Republicans back on course to save this great Republic.

Great job Stephen Lemons!
Great job Stephen Lemons!

Stephen, Your title says it all. With the escaped murderers from the private Arizona prison, who were held in "medium" custody, your article couldn't be more timely. You are always ahead of the story, so we come here first.

Great job Stephen Lemons!
Great job Stephen Lemons!

Stephen, Your title says it all. With the escaped murders from the private Arizona prison, who were held in "medium" custody, your article couldn't be more timely. You are always ahead of the story, so we come here first.

Former Republican
Former Republican

Coughlin and his comment about drive-by journalism. He doesn't seem to know what good investigative reporting is, since he thrives in the world of sound-bytes.

Mymovie1111
Mymovie1111

In Michigan we have a very smart Governor. Two terms. Granholm will not back Brewers bill. Stunning with brains and looks Jennifer Granholm not backing 1070 shows a true lady and our entire system. She would walk all over Arpaio, Brewer in a split second on a debate. Family values are her attribute.Alison Hicksbackspinmymovie.com

Grammie2lia
Grammie2lia

This woman needs to crawl back under what ever rock she crawled out from under !!

Tired of Sound-bytes
Tired of Sound-bytes

I find it interesting that the greater the ignorance of a subject, the louder the voice is about it. According to the Arizona State Legislature's own data, sales tax and income tax revenues in the state have been diving at a 60 degree angle (to the bottom) for over 5 years.

The state legislature "reversed mortgaged" all taxpayer owned assets in 2009 to raise enough money to keep operating (reverse mortgages for the uninformed are a way of converting assets to cash during the last years of life). Maricopa County controls 60 percent of the Arizona Senate and 67 percent of its House of Representatives. That's why Maricopa Cty's Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, and former County Attorney, Andrew Thomas, can terrorize and coerse their will on the legislature. Lunching with powerful State Senator Russell Pierce on a regular basis (author of SB1070) completes the strategy sessions.

The Department of Corrections is the 2nd largest budget item on the state budget. The MCSO is the largest budget item on the Maricopa County budget. The state's GDP is #1 Agriculture and #2 tourism. CCA's interest in creating a prison state in Arizona isn't illegal immigrants, it is the 2 million Americans incarcerated in the other 49 states who are having a difficult time with their budgets as well. Arizona is in transition economically and it isn't because of Latinos crossing the border as they've done for 200 years, it is because tourism is being replaced by more prisons which will provide the jobs for over a million new residents--inmates--and because government funding to states is based on census counts. The census counts inmates in the state of residence, not their state of origin and the for-profits routinely ship their human cattle across state lines to fill beds. CCA is traded on the NYSE by the way, it is into more than prisons and is expanding its product lines into new areas of human predation - for profit - all the time.

Guest
Guest

There is just no limits to the corruption in Arizona leadership.

What a toilet Arizona is.

KungFuU
KungFuU

"JournalistMajor08" needs to pull his head out of his ass, which probably why he scored a job blogging anonymously for Chuck Coughlin. Check CCA's own Web site http://www.correctionscorp.com..., they have facilities in Arizona and ICE is one of CCA's biggest cash cows. Ask any immigration lawyer. They're always going to CCA to see clients.

As for Senseman working with the Policy Development Group, which lobbies for CCA, that's been documented up the yinyang. Check this article from the AZ Capitol Times:

http://www.pscoa.org/privatiza...

As for his wife working for PDA, look at PDA's website for a pic of her:

http://www.policydevelopmentgr...

K. Senseman is listed as a lobbyist working for CCA:

http://www.azlobbyists.com/cli...

As for Coughlin, he admits his firm was taking CCA money while he was advising Brewer on 1070.

J.Major says, "This article is so blatantly false, it's slander." But he offers no proof, just his own jerkoff statements. So is In These Times and CBS 5 wrong too? Lemons piece is solid, and he let Coughlin hang himself with his own lies. The $11 mil thing is verified by the fucking marshal himself. Yadda-yadda-yadda...

I think J.Major needs to head back to J.school...

Who are the real predators?
Who are the real predators?

Stephen, Great public service in daring to report the reality of "illegal immigration" which many informed people know it's all about "control" and $$$'s. They are building their empire at the expense of vulnerable people.

"Such early contributions are limited to $140 per person. But if that seems like chump change, consider that CCA also contributed a whopping $10,000 to the campaign for Prop 100, the state sales-tax initiative, the success of which was considered key to Brewer's bid to be more than an "accidental" governor.

The proposition was approved overwhelmingly by voters in May.

What's the big deal with the CCA contributions? CCA operates six prisons in Arizona, three of which house detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement."

solutions
solutions

Brewer's entire governorship is being run by these people- we need to vote Brewer OUT OF OFFICE!

-Antonio Bastada-
-Antonio Bastada-

Teddy, you poor useless image of a man. I guess you haven't seen once beautiful Paradise Valley neighborhoods reduced to Mexican slums. You haven't seen relatives and friends get into auto accidents caused by uninsured illegal drivers with no license, leaving them to pay the auto repair bills and passing on higher insurance rates. What about the illegal who can't find work, what does he do to survive? Perhaps he starts selling drugs to our children or worse - robbery. I'll bet you haven't seen the billion dollar impact of welfare anchor babies (and having them in our emergency rooms free of charge). Young illegal girls, 16 years or so, already pregnant and pushing a stroller walking into a WIC/DES office (with their mothers who also already claim welfare) to get their free ride. No, I don't think you see anything clearly at all. But we "Americans" here in Arizona who pay our taxes and follow the law, see it all crystal clear! Just rebury your head in the sand.

thatone
thatone

In later years the prison system has become more profitable than anything else for our corrupt Arizona officials. Is CCA the new name for GEO Prisons?? Last year in Pensylvania 2 judges were convicted of taking brives from Geo prison systems to convict more juveniles and send them to their prison. They were able to exonerate thousands of these poor victims. It's the same case here in Arizona. Half of the prison population doesn't belong there, they were put there simply because that's how our corrupt officials make their money.

Ted
Ted

Misdemeanor crime is not generally enforced at the point of a gun, unless you are Joe Arpiao, the meanest dimwit in America! The goofball sheriff is costing his county millions, over 50 so far in judgments alone and the crime rate is rising exponentially in the county while it has fallen in every other Arizona county. Something is very wrong in Maricopa County, Arizona and the problem delusionally calls itself America's toughest sheriff!

Ted
Ted

Poor Tony Bastada, I guess he'd have a very hard time determining if he was being robbed when a thug stuck a gun in his side. So Tony I guess in your feeble little mind those tens of thousands of Border Patrol agents the federal government just sit in their air conditioned offices all day waiting for the shift change?

Tony, it is true that watching Glenn Beck and the Fox hate machine rots peoples brains, which in your case obviously could prove totally debilitating, if not fatal. As close to Mad Cow disease as you can get without actually injesting the diseased meat according to some scientists!

charly47
charly47

you see the truth ANTONIO BASTADA!!!! you immigrant child!!!!!

charly47
charly47

well if you guys just yahoo search or google (corrections corp. of america) and visit they're site you will see that they do have facilities in arizona and that they do have a partnership with OUR facilities. So pretty much they would be making millions of OUR dollars if SB1070 went through. Oh yea so, why did OUR state tax go up??? oh thats right to feed all of those "CONS"........

-Antonio Bastada-
-Antonio Bastada-

Every story "created" by this Stephen Lemons is all about some fictional non existent racism against Hispanics or some BS story attacking Arizona officials and the laws our community is asking for and desperately needs! Click on his name at the top of this story and take a look at all his articles. See a trend?

Stop living on soundbites
Stop living on soundbites

I find it interesting that the greater the ignorance of a subject, the louder the voice is about it. According to the Arizona State Legislature's own data, sales tax and income tax revenues in the state have been diving at a 60 degree angle (to the bottom) for over 5 years. The state legislature "reversed mortgaged" all taxpayer owned assets in 2009 to raise enough money to keep operating (reverse mortgages for the uninformed are a way of converting assets to cash during the last years of life). Maricopa County controls 60 percent of the Arizona Senate and 67 percent of its House of Representatives. That's why Maricopa Cty's Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, and former County Attorney, Andrew Thomas, can terrorize and coerse their will on the legislature. Lunching with powerful State Senator Russell Pierce on a regular basis (author of SB1070) completes the strategy sessions. The Department of Corrections is the 2nd largest budget item on the state budget. The MCSO is the largest budget item on the Maricopa County budget. The state's GDP is #1 Agriculture and #2 tourism. CCA's interest in creating a prison state in Arizona isn't illegal immigrants, it is the 2 million Americans incarcerated in the other 49 states who are having a difficult time with their budgets as well. Arizona is in transition economically and it isn't because of Latinos crossing the border as they've done for 200 years, it is because tourism is being replaced by more prisons which will provide the jobs for over a million new residents--inmates--and because government funding to states is based on census counts. The census counts inmates in the state of residence, not their state of origin and the for-profits routinely ship their human cattle across state lines to fill beds. CCA is traded on the NYSE by the way, it is into more than prisons and is expanding its product lines into new areas of human predation - for profit - all the time.

-Antonio Bastada-
-Antonio Bastada-

Another BS story! Where do they dig this crap up? The laws on 1070 are already Federal law! The problem is the Federal Government doesn't enforce any of it. So we "Arizona" will enforce it ourselves! And what is this campaign - donation crap have to do with getting illegals out of our state and keeping them out! These fake human rights people make me sick - they all just want to make a name for themselves. They should all head over to Somalia, where they are needed.

Arizona's race to the bottom..
Arizona's race to the bottom..

This is the most important story of the year that "illegal immigration" has masked -- the mass incarceration of Arizona's people under draconian mandatory minimum sentencing, three-strikes laws and truth in sentencing with no end in sight. Now the public will know why Arizona is racing to the bottom in it's quest for $$$'s from taxpayers and the Federal government's $$$'s for "head-counts" and "violent criminals". Arizona doesn't get money for Non-violent criminals. Someone investigate the Arizona Prison Report 2009 written by Fischer, who worked for ADC, reclassified inmates to suit the figures they wanted to get 95% of Arizona's inmates are "violent"!! We all know better. Thomas proud of his 200,000 convictions?? What is that costing taxpayers? How many are innocent? That is the question NO ONE wants to answer or acknowledge. If you think it can't happen to you, think again.

Alialibubu
Alialibubu

I don't see any credible sources that can be verified as to the validate any of this! Now that you have graduated, maybe you should take the time to Read SB1639 from the last Administration and you will clearly see where Prisons for Profits house inmates and are lobbying Jan's Land! Jan's Law with millions of dollars. MCSO spent 50,000,000 Million dollars $475,000 on civil rights claims. Then Rent SB1070 aka "Z" People. Starring hispanics, detained, rendered, in a Halliburton Prisons for Profit Immigration Tent near you! Section 1070 Arpaio on Two for One GOP Super Tuesday!

JournalistMajor08
JournalistMajor08

Yeah? This article is so blatantly false, it's slander! I live in Phoenix and happen to know that CCA does not house inmates at all, like this article is suggesting! Where is the evidence to back this information up from the author? I don't see any credible sources that can be verified as to validate any of this. Who is this author anyways? He sounds biased throughout the whole piece, and never lists any credible sources! Anybody in there basement could have written this garbage.

-Journalist Major--Graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix 2008

benevolent dictator
benevolent dictator

The article may be enlightening as to some of the alliances created by SB1070 but does nothing in desuading me of its enforcement. This is like arguing if it is OK for a Navy SEAL member to hit a target in the mouth to subdue him for arrest (as opposed to killing him). It is war and there are abnormal acts of conduct in abnormally hostile enviroments. SB1070 is an attempt to maintain US sovereignty due to dereliction of duty on the federal governments part. US sovereignty is the foundation for maintaining the US Constitution.

Immigration MUST be a controlled process so as to indoctrinate the immigrants into our culture (Know the US Constitution, Know the language of the host country, Know that the economic model of capitalism promotes self-reliance and individual independence) so that full assimilation may occurr. This promotes harmony by homogenizing the values of the citizenry.

Axiom: Your home is a soveriegn place that you control. You have a process that screens people that you allow into your home so as to maintain harmony. Without home sovereignty any person can walk into your home and do what they want and take what they want from your home. Without home sovereignty you would loose control and there would be no harmony between you and the violators of your home sovereignty. You would cease to have a home.

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

The illegal alien annexation is like "Ripley's believe it or not?" You either trust the US government who persistently voices lies or uses reverse psychology on the public. The ultra-wing of the Liberal press which has manifested itself as the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times or the incarnate Huffington Post and others that release a torrent of media verbal feces, which a lot of us are inclined to actually believe, as their own hypocrites do. Personally, I would boycott all anti-American rags, but I don’t live in those illegal alien “Sanctuary Cities. “ More moderate Conservative (Not Republicans or Democrats tainted with Liberal philosophies) who takes the time to investigate the facts and not the "Politically Correct" spew that many of us have been indoctrinated with? To begin--how many foreign nationals have settled illegally in Arizona and America?

For the last ten years the same figure has appeared in heavily oriented Liberal progressive newspapers of around 10 to 11 million? And if you have been programmed enough you give it credence, you will believe it? But that was a generation ago and despairing, penurious foreign nationals still keep on coming, yet some of us trust it as accurate? A more acceptable number is around 18 million and up, according to NumbersUSA. Web-site. There are US Border Patrol administrators who dare to speak-up as long as they remain anonymous, documented that out of ten illegal entrants that cross, only--ONE--is caught. The fact is that hundreds of thousands return, even after the judge has deported them incessantly; even after they have left by their own recognizance. THIS IS WHY WE SHOULD DEMAND THAT ILLEGAL ENTRY TO OUR COUNTRY BECOMES A FELONY, WITH FIRST OFFENSE CARRYING A TERM OF FIVE YEARS?

The expenditure message of the Liberal newspapers and equally responsible the anti- American universities professors and places of learning, where, the roots of extremism in accumulated lies and rhetoric. The hard academic left has poisoned the moderate editorial ideology, to destroy the roots of our culture and history and interpretation of the US Constitution. The federal judge, whose decision on Arizona's policing law, is full of irregularities, as she didn't interpret the law on several points? As a Bill Clinton appointee Judge Bolton likely deliberated her rulings from the bench, not according to constitution? The same with the Radical Ninth District court in San Francisco which is a laughable Mickey Mouse court of Liberal perception. Eventually the law from Arizona will land in the Supreme Court of final jurisprudence. Always we hear that illegal immigration is a great gain for our economy, but the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) released a negative picture of costs.

That the illegal alien household expenditure on just the federal level costs, Hospital, education and incarceration, to the uninformed taxpayers is 113 Billion dollars annually, plus another $60 billion in money transfers to foreign countries in remittances for families left behind. Pro-sovereignty groups are under constant attack from the liberal shadow government, who has become a silent part of the open border syndicates, lobbyists and the Council of Foreign Relations. First thing that Americans must do is keep up a voice barrage on Democrats and Republicans for a-- PERMANENT E-VERIFY. This would have now been the law of the land, if Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) hadn't intervened in the Senate chamber. He should be the first removed from office, as he and cohorts of Liberal-Dems is a strong representative to force through another economic damaging Billion dollar--AMNESTY. Another Amnesty would give illegal alien workers. Access to our Social Security and devastate taxpayer’s pensions, especially to senior citizens who have worked all their lives. An agreement the Bush administration was reached with Mexico on Social Security benefits that would allow illegal aliens granted amnesty in the future to claim credit for the time they worked illegally.

We must train the politicians already in Washington, that the Arizona law represents the American people’s defense, against 30 years of unequivocal failure to seal the border and deportation. That even now the fence not completed, and does not represent the original specifications of two fences stretched 1800 miles from the Pacific to Gulf of Mexico. Secretly--behind closed doors, the Democratic leadership in the 2006 Senate Omnibus Law Sen. Kay Baily Hutchinson, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, (R-TX) attacked a major provisions of a second independent 15 foot chain-link fence that was eliminated. With a militarize border carrying automatic weapons the Arizona's law would never have been signed by Governor Brewer? The gang slime and cesspool of criminals would never have materialized in such numbers in border cities, as double parallel fences policed by 6000 permanent federal troops and US Border patrol as Mexico does with Guatemala, would have stopped the carnage in the border region.

What Obama hopes to do with unarmed military in small numbers sitting at desk, is amazingly stupid and misguided as any hopes of stopping the potential deaths is political suicide; a serious danger to National Security. Why defend foreign nations with soldiers and money, when our government for decades refuses to defend this country? The tea Party, Independents, rogue Democrats, Republicans and pro-sovereignty Liberals and millions of well-informed Americans see that this is a way to appease the corrupt authorities in Mexico. Every US patriotic citizen and legal resident must demand from their confused lawmakers at state and federal level in demanding E-Verify permanently. This will gradually remove illegal aliens by auditing workplaces (old and new workers--temporarily or permanent jobs) and bring to justice employers who are flouting the law and put them in prison. WE AS THE VOTERS OF AMERICA CAN DO THIS, RIDDING OURSELVES OF SENATORS LIKE REID, McCAIN, PELOSI, SCHUMER, GRAHAM, FEINSTEIN PUSHING FOR AMNESTY AND THE DREAM ACT. WHAT WE SHOULD DEMAND FROM THE LEGISLATORS IS IMMEDIATE REVITALIZATION OF THE “SAVE ACT & CLEAR ACT.” ALL INCUMBENTS NEED TO JOIN THE JOBLESS. FIND FACTS AT NUMBERSUSA & GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION AT JUDICIAL WATCH. Bombard the Washington switchboard at 202-224-3121

Nottelling
Nottelling

Why the heck is Yahoo News suddenly posting this liberal crap rag paper on my opening page? The credibility of these articles are on par with The weekly World News of The Globe....you know, Elvis Presley's ghost has been seen at Michael Jackson's grave....

Dngnb8
Dngnb8

I would suggest that an author verify his information before posting an article. Posting hyperbole as fact only makes one look like a moron

pamfila
pamfila

Yes, hopefully you are using Rachel Maddow's name in a righteous manner...Illegals are pretty sharp...Just start checking those welfare offices and foodstamps programs...yes, those illegals (sorry, just like little rats) sneak into our home, USA, stealing SSI#s to fool the farmers, (who demand only paying minimum wage for those working the HOT SUN, for minimum wages...I dare you to come here to Le Grand; you will see leeches who violate our country's laws...yet you want your little children to obey parents' laws????? C'mon...all our young people go to school seeing illegals hired by our American farmers - because they want to be rich?????? Lying to our Government for grants, etc....COMEON!!!! The illegals will steal own license plate sticker, which YOU paid to DMV, so that one of our police officers does not stop them for outdated license plate....Wake up and smell the coffee!!! Ring a bell???

Yolanda Miranda
Yolanda Miranda

illegal immigrants cost the state of arizona??? ... you have not notice that Arizona is now a ghost town without the illegals.But you're also missing the pointf, Illegalls is just an excuse for Brewer to profit from it.And most importantly, giving too much power to law enforcement is dangerous for the freedom of all american citizsens.Right now, law enforcement in Arizona is abusing their power not only with the illegals but with the anglosaxons as well. Over there is not the land of the free anymore.

Rc191178
Rc191178

Not sure, what your post is implying? I know that Pearce could not have passed his bigoted law through, the States house/senate.

He was opposed by the Az Chamber, who uses this labor force, he is trying to target? NO?

The only, way they were going to "buy" off on the passage, was to to water some of the points, that had to due with the "business" portion....., as well as make sure the "FOR PROFIT" bushiness owners (CCA), got compensated for housing the detainees, ..... furthermore, to be paid for courtesy the US Gov...?

Imagine that??

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Regards,Truth08

Abolish Private Prisons
Abolish Private Prisons

Great post with links that support the conflict of interest by those in "control" and writing laws that negatively impact the people of Arizona and the nation.

STRONG
STRONG

SOLUTIONS YOU'RE RIGHT 100% WE NEED TO VOTE BREWER OUT OF OFFICE SHE'S GOING TO TAKE THE STATE OF ARIZONA TO FILE BANKRUPTCY IN A SECOND SHE DOESN'T CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR FAMILIES SHE HAS ALL THE MONEY SHE NEEDS!!!

Me
Me

GEO is the new name for Wackenhut if I recall. Separate corporation from GEO, a competitor for the same business.

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Get Informed people!
Get Informed people!

You need to go back to school and study some history. Start with "Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment" by Mona Lynch. Then read "Jingle Jangle" by Jim Rix, the Ray Krone story of Maricopa County's malicious prosecution of an innocent man who spent almost 20 years in prison for an alleged crime his never committed. Also read "Accidental Felons" by Daniel Horne, who was given the choice of 10 years in prison for a DUI or one year in MCAO jail and labeled as a "violent felon". Where's the fair justice in this? Then read "Backspin" by Alison Hicks who is also producing a movie on how her life was destroyed by Sheriff Arpaio. After reading these few stories, Mr. JournalistMajor08, then make an informed comment. Until then you have NO credibility and you make the Cronkite School look bad.

Norma
Norma

Because the people need to know the facts, not the lies that are put out by certain people. If it hurts to read facts, just stick to fiction.

 
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