Boycott Arizona

In the post-World War II period, some Western Marxist intellectuals promoted the idea that deepening social contradictions would ultimately result in a substantial increase of social consciousness. Although this suggestion led to some indefensible acts, in essence it is a political truth.  History is there to probe it, as Arizona´s right-wing is probably going to find out in the next few years after their misguided support of a draconian anti-immigrant law that will cost them dearly.

For those who missed it, on April 23, 2010, Arizona´s Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed state Senator Russell Pearce´s SB 1070 bill into law.  The legislation declares the illegality of being an undocumented immigrant and authorizes law enforcement to question and arrest those suspected of being in the state without the proper documentation.

Governor Brewer, the Republican establishment, and right-wing dinosaurs from organizations such as FAIR defended the new law arguing that the state is under siege by drug dealers and criminals, and that the federal government had failed to act.

Their argument fails in several fronts.  To start, it is a disservice to the immigration debate, and a cheap inflammatory tactic, to equate undocumented immigrants with criminals. Quite to the contrary, academic research suggests that immigrants tend to have lower incarceration rates than native residents.  One interesting article that helps clarify this issue is “Why are Immigrants´ Incarceration Rates so Low?” by Kristin Butcher, from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Anne Morrison, from Piehl Rutgers University.

Furthermore, for a state such as Arizona to try to legislate immigration and border protection when these matters are the sole jurisdiction of the federal government is a political maneuver that undermines our constitutional order.  The United States Constitution in its Article 1, Section 8, clearly states that “the common defense and general welfare” of the country, as well as the responsibility to establish a uniform rule of naturalization”, are powers delegated to the United States Congress.

As President Barack Obama pointed out, this is a “misguided” piece of legislation that “undermine(s) basic notions of fairness”. Some have suggested that this is an immoral law that is equivalent to the pass laws enacted by South Africa´s apartheid government. Even more, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, likened it to the police tactics of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia.

When in the mid-1990s California´s Republicans promoted Proposition 187, which was as mean spirited as Arizona´s law, not only was it never implemented because it was found to be unconstitutional, but it cost the Republican Party the loss of the Latino electorate and its political future for generations to come.

In Arizona, SB1070 is already awakening the social consciousness of local residents and people throughout the country who are not going to tolerate such a blatant attack on our humanistic traditions and institutions.

Progressive Americans who are against intolerance and bigotry should raise their voice in opposition to Arizona´s apartheid, and demand that the law be repealed.  Furthermore, those who have business in or with the state should consider boycotting Arizona as long as SB1070 is in place.

And as far as the federal government is concerned, the Obama administration should have the political courage and determination to propose and pass through the U.S. Congress, with no further delays, a bill that guarantees a path to citizenship for the 12 million undocumented immigrants who every day go to work or study in our farms, restaurants, factories, offices, schools, and universities.

Not doing so makes us accomplices of the crime that is being committed by the Afrikaners of the state of Arizona.  This, without doubts, is the central civil rights issue of our generation.


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  1. Arizona can pass race base laws, pass Birthers laws and the state can continue to boycott Martin Luther King Day, well the rest of the Country can boycott the state of Arizona and spank them where it hurts them the most their pocket book. Their phony patriotism is sickening, they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat War profiteering contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion)
    of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton,
    Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to
    investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that.

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