Sunday, May 2, 2010

Arizona's Leading Newspaper Speaks Out Against Xenophobic Arizona Politicians, SB1070 and Calls for National Comprehesive Immigration Reform!

The Arizona Republic, Arizona's leading newspaper, has come out AGAINST sb1070 and against Arizona's pandering politicians! They are also speaking in favor of National Comprehensive Immigration Reform!

Our friend, the Arizonian, a native of Arizona and usually "ANTI" leaning, says this:
"The sad part Dee, is that it wasn't like this 15-20 years ago. Not until all these idiots moved here from Cali and the Midwest. Most of us "Natives" don't agree or believe in this law."
It is CLEAR that the majority of Americans and the majority of Arizonians DO NOT SUPPORT THIS HEINOUS RACIAL PROFILING bill SB1070. Now is the time for our President and Congress to act and pass National Comprehensive Immigration Reform! God Bless America and our President as they move forward to support our Nation in this difficult cause:

Editorial from the Arizona Republic:
We need leaders. The federal government is abdicating its duty on the border. Arizona politicians are pandering to public fear. The result is a state law that intimidates Latinos while doing nothing to curb illegal immigration. This represents years of failure. Years of politicians taking the easy way and allowing the debate to descend into chaos.

The Arizona Republic has been calling for comprehensive immigration reform continuously since 2002. For a brief time, our congressional delegation led the nation on this front. But no more. Now, it seems our elected officials prefer to serve political expediency instead.

Those who failed Arizona:
JAN BREWER was looking out for her own political future, not Arizona's best interests, when she signed the anti-immigrant law that ignores Arizona's Latino heritage and creates a backlash that will hurt the state's economic development. The governor's GOP primary race would have been tougher if she'd vetoed the bill, so she ducked her responsibility to the people of Arizona. Now, she gets a bump in the polls, and Arizona gets beat up on the international stage.
JANET NAPOLITANO came down with amnesia after she abandoned her job as governor of Arizona and moved to Washington, D.C., to be Homeland Security secretary. Ensconced in a Democratic administration, she forgot all the arguments she once used to demand that the Bush administration address immigration reform and reimburse Arizona for the costs of the broken border. Put in charge of Obama's effort to craft immigration reform, she couldn't get the thing out of neutral.
JOHN McCAIN, the one-time maverick and former champion of comprehensive immigration reform, also came down with a convenient loss of memory and principle. Facing a primary race against J.D. Hayworth, whose demagoguery on this issue is practiced and predictable, Sen. McCain became a man afraid of his own record. He locked himself behind a door marked "Do not disturb until the border is secure." Here's some straight talk the senator should understand: The border cannot be secured as long as the current irrational border policies remain unchanged.
JON KYL was also brave enough - once upon a time - to work across the aisle for the sake of achieving comprehensive immigration reform. Now, he has linked arms with McCain in stonewalling. There may be little political advantage in helping a Democratic president and Congress achieve what Republicans could not, but Sen. Kyl's role in GOP Senate leadership should not be more important than fixing what's broken in his own state.
J.D. HAYWORTH is the mouth that spewed when it comes to illegal immigration. The former congressman used his seat in the House and his radio show to pound his chest and shout down every attempt to discuss the genuine complexity of this issue. He hasn't changed. Fear and anger are his sidekicks. Self-promotion is his noble steed. His diatribes helped validate a wickedly distorted image of all migrant workers as heinous criminals.
PHIL GORDON lashed out against the law in shrill tones that did not serve his state or city. The Phoenix mayor made a flamboyant call to challenge the new law in court without first consulting the City Council, then vowed to go around his fellow elected city officials when they disagreed with him.
RUSSELL PEARCE probably has done more than anyone in the state to turn this from a complex public-policy discussion into what seems like law sketched on a cocktail napkin. This legislation, his brainchild, shows how a narrow focus on persecuting illegal immigrants blinds him to the consequences of what he is doing. We wonder if state Sen. Pearce even considered rights of legal residents and Latino citizens. Or if he cares how his law introduces real fear into real people's lives.
RAÚL GRIJALVA also fails to see beyond a narrow band of self-interest. As a representative of a heavily Latino district, he faced no political risk in responding to a divisive law with an equally divisive call for a national boycott of Arizona. Grijalva, a U.S. representative, must know that lost convention business will hurt Arizonans who are struggling to keep their jobs in these tough times. For a congressman to call for destruction of his own state's economy is irresponsible and beneath contempt.
JOE ARPAIO and ANDREW THOMAS, a showboat tag team as sheriff and county attorney, were responsible for ratcheting up the heat and dimming any light on this issue. Arpaio's immigration sweeps stirred anti-immigrant sentiment and made "driving while Latino" a suspicious activity. Thomas' decision to use a law aimed at criminal smugglers to prosecute illegal immigrants was a perversion of that law-enforcement tool.

These politicians - Republicans and Democrats - used this issue to bait voters. Voters should get wise and demand leadership and solutions. Despite the turmoil and passion surrounding this issue, there is a broad consensus that immigration is a federal responsibility and it demands federal action. State laws cannot fix it.
There is also agreement that Arizona suffers disproportionately because of federal border policies, as was seen Friday when a Pinal County sheriff's deputy was ambushed and shot by suspected drug smugglers.

Arizona can no longer afford to tolerate elected officials who show so little interest in solving one of the state's most pressing issues. We need leaders who will push to enact comprehensive reform. We need Arizona leadership - as a delegation all working together -sponsoring and spearheading federal legislation to fix immigration. Reform must secure the border so that the people entering this country are doing so legally and we know who they are. It must eliminate the access to jobs that migrants are willing to risk their lives to reach. It must include an efficient system to verify worker eligibility and tough sanctions for employers who hire the undocumented.

It must provide a path to legalization that has to be earned by the current undocumented population. If they choose not to earn it, they choose not to be citizens and live in this country. Reform must create a legal pipeline for future workers that is demand-based and temporary. With a legal framework in place, there will be no reason to be in this country without permission. Foreigners who break our laws will be prosecuted, punished and deported.

Comprehensive reform will make the border safer. When migrant labor is channeled through the legal ports of entry, the Border Patrol can focus on catching drug smugglers and other criminals instead of chasing busboys across the desert. Real leaders will have the courage to say that. Real leaders are what we need.

Arizona, our time for excuses is over.


Vicente Duque said...

"The Arizona Republic" : Big Threat Against Arizona's Economy : Tourism industry could be among biggest losers in immigration fight - Grave impact on Hospitals, Doctors, Real State, Sports, etc ....

This is a Serious Economic Matter - Racism not good for Business - Every sector of the Arizonan Economy is watched for bad repercussions of the Boycott

The Arizona Republic
Tourism industry could be among biggest losers in immigration fight
by Dawn Gilbertson
May. 2, 2010

Some excerpts :

Arizona's multibillion-dollar tourism industry, still struggling to recover from a bruising recession, has been among the highest-profile targets of immigration-law opponents.

Calls for a boycott of Arizona meetings and vacations started within Arizona, with U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva asking for a convention boycott a few days before Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill into law April 23.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the only publicized cancellation to date, but hotel and convention officials say that 19 meetings have been cancelled and several other groups have taken Arizona off the list of sites under consideration in the past week. The cancellations could have an economic impact of more than $6 million, the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association said.

The National Minority Supplier Development Council, which is scheduled to bring about 7,000 attendees to its national conference in downtown Phoenix from Oct. 24-27, has effectively put the state on notice.

In a statement, President Harriet Michel, who had urged Brewer to veto the bill, said the group "deplores this clearly discriminatory action."

The organization is talking to its members about the issue and closely watching how matters unfold, with lawsuits and petitions trying to stop the law from going into effect in 90 days, spokeswoman Kim Brown said. "Basically, we're taking a wait-and-see attitude so we can determine what's in the best interest of the organization," she said.

In a show of support for the industry, the American Hotel and Lodging Association said it will not cancel its June Summer Summit meeting at the recently opened Talking Stick Resort just east of Scottsdale.

But the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators on Thursday said it is showing its disapproval of the "misguided legislation" by relocating its annual Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Conference from Scottsdale. It was due to be held June 10-12, with more than 60 state legislators attending, the group said. The black caucus' website now says location to be determined for the June meeting.

Jason Llorenz of the national Hispanic caucus said the group supports Arizona business but doesn't feel it's appropriate to meet in the state at this time.

Vicente Duque

Anon4 said...

Here are a couple of web sites that I thought might be of interest to you. They are about various sports players who are concerned that when they go to Arizona to play their sport, that, because of the new law, they might be treated unfairly.

Dee said...

Thank you Anon 4.

I was planning on doing a blog about the Sports boycott. I'm starting one tonight. I appreciate the urls.

Montana said...

I saw Jay Leno at Correspondent Dinner his best line was; “That was my favorite story (this year) Republicans and a Lesbian bondage club. It’s ironic, Republicans don’t want lesbian getting married but they do like watching them “tie the knot”. So I thought that was interesting.”

You can say the same about Tea Party, they say they respect the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence but they do not mind passing laws, through weak Governors who only care about getting reelected on the backs of undocumented workers, that will not pass Constitution muster, just like Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago, keep passing them Arizona and the rest of us will continue to challenged them and you will fail in a court of law (and yes we will boycott you). 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 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.

Vicente Duque said...

Video of Keith Olberman : Mexico to Boycott Tourism, Travel and Imports from Arizona - One third of Arizona's exports go to Mexico - Fools get what they ask for.

Enraging and insulting customers and clients ??

That is very smart of AryanZona !

April 27, 2010

Keith Olbermann - Mexico Issues Travel Warning About Going To US

Video : Well Known Sports Writer Dave Zirin against Arizona's Sport - Tax Money goes into Diamondbacks pockets - Boycott the Arizonan Diamondbacks

Millions of dollars in public funds go for the Baseball Stadium and other favors and support for the Diamondbacks.

Let's see who is Dave Zirin, a great enemy of Rush Limbaugh in Sport and Political Matters. They have had ugly fights.

From Wikipedia :

Dave Zirin is an American sportswriter. He champions athletes and issues which might be overlooked by corporate sports media and addresses the tendency of the media to objectify and employ athletes as pawns in money-making efforts.

Zirin's column, Edge of Sports, appears on Sports Illustrated’s website and he is the host of XM satellite’s weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. Zirin is a frequent contributor to The Nation, a columnist for SLAM Magazine, and The Progressive. He was named one of Utne Reader's 50 Visionaries who are Changing Your World for 2009.

His first book, What’s My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States (Haymarket Books) has entered its third printing.[1][2]

Zirin has taken his blend of sports and politics to ESPN's Outside the Lines, the Rachel Maddow Show, CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutch where he discussed steroid use in baseball with John Rocker and José Canseco; C-SPAN’s Book TV, and the WNBC Morning News in New York City, and MSNBC's Morning Joe.

April 28, 2010

Boycott Arizona Diamondbacks? - April 28, 2010

Vicente Duque

JennsR said...

McCain has never FAILED to do anything! Living in Arizona, as the writers of AZ Republic must, they have got to have their heads in holes to say such an incorrect statement. I am not an avid news viewer, however, even I know how much McCain has done over the past several years in attempts to secure our borders. McCain was told by Obama that he would make immigration reform top on his priority list, yet another failure on Obama's part. Living in Arizona it is not difficult to see, hear and feel the ramifications that the illegals have on each and every one of us. I applaud McCain for sticking to his guns, fighting for troops and creating a 10 point action plan for the government to HOPEFULLY follow!

RtRepub said...

McCain has a 10 point plan that will not only protect us from illegals, will not protect our economy, but will employ more people from our state. McCain has the experience we need. I would not gamble on JD for anything. JD is pure corruption, remember what he did to us last time in Washington? Well, he was unethical on the radio and had to step down. JD was unethical and still is unethical, something we do not want or need!

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