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ACLU Gins Up The ‘Astroturf’ Against AZ

Here is the latest bit of ‘grassroots’ activism from ACLU:

What Happens in Arizona Stops in Arizona.

Arizona’s new law is a watershed moment for its blatant disregard of America’s most fundamental values of fairness and equality.

Only a vigorous rejection of this dangerous, un-American law will prevent it from spreading to other states.

There are numerous reports that state lawmakers elsewhere are already considering bills similar to that of Arizona’s. Even if you think your elected representatives and governor are sympathetic on this issue, they need to hear from you that you will not tolerate a dangerous racial profiling law in your state. Please write your state representatives and governor now.

Message

Don’t let our state become Arizona

[Please personalize your message]

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to express my outrage about the bill that was just signed into law in Arizona. It invites and virtually compels racial profiling, and I don’t want such a law to spread to my state.

Among other flaws, the law requires every police officer in Arizona to ask people for their papers based only on some undefined "reasonable suspicion" that they are in the country unlawfully. To avoid arrest, citizens and non-citizens will effectively have to carry their "papers" at all times.

By signing this bill into law, Governor Brewer has threatened the civil rights and liberties of millions of people living and working in Arizona. She is forcing every police agency in the state to divert scarce resources away from promoting public safety and solving serious crimes.

It is discriminatory, unfair and inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution and comes at a high cost both to Arizona taxpayers and to our treasured civil liberties.

Arizona’s transformation into a potential police state has already spawned similar efforts elsewhere. I strongly oppose any effort to adopt this kind of legislation in our state.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. 

What a pack of lies, even by the standards of the ACLU.

Of course it is a rhetorical question — but when was the last time the ACLU ever went to bat for the rights of US citizens?

If they ever do, it will be the first time.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “ACLU Gins Up The ‘Astroturf’ Against AZ”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    May I suggest sending this retort to your representative:

    Message
    Don’t let our state become a Third World cesspool!

    [Please personalize your message]

    Dear [Decision Maker],

    I am writing to express my glee about the bill that was just signed into law in Arizona. It invites and virtually compels enforcement of long standing and just laws, and I want such a law to spread to my state.

    Among other attributes, the law requires every police officer in Arizona to act within established guidelines for interaction with the public and expressly prevents profiling based only on some undefined “reasonable suspicion” that they are in the country unlawfully. To avoid arrest, citizens and non-citizens will simply have to produce valid identification that they are already bound by law to carry.

    By signing this bill into law, Governor Brewer has ensured the civil rights and liberties of millions of tax payers and lawful citizens living in Arizona. She is forcing every police agency in the state to deport immigration criminals who divert scarce resources away from the public and who are often involved in committing serious crimes.

    It is discriminatory, unfair and inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution not to enforce immigration law and comes at a high cost both to Arizona taxpayers and to our treasured civil liberties.

    Arizona’s transformation into a potential secure state has already spawned similar efforts elsewhere. I strongly support any effort to adopt this kind of legislation in our state.

    Thank you for your attention to this matter.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Bravo, BbtT!!! Bravo!!!

      I’m sending a copy of your letter (personalized, of course) to our Governor and all the other pertinent elected officials in my State.

      Thank you!!!

  2. Right of the People says:

    Banned,

    That is brilliant. Unfortunately here in the Peoples Republic of Vermont I don’t think it would make a bit of difference. Over 90% of voters were against “Civil Unions” and we still got them.

  3. joeblough says:

    Arizona’s new law is a watershed moment for its blatant disregard of America’s most fundamental values of fairness and equality.

    Ummm … “fairness and equality” are most emphatically NOT America’s “most fundamental values“.

    That would be France you’re thinking of. (yadda yadda … égalité, fraternité … etc )

    We’re more concerned with a few little things we like to refer to “unalienable Rights”. The ACLU might have heard of documents we have which mention things like “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.

    We’re also concerned with an obsure little thing we call a right to property — as in “get the hell off my property!!!”.

    It used to be considered a civil liberty, back in the days when the word liberty referred to liberty.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      And certainly, Bravo’s to you, too, Joe!!!

      God Bless you and yours .. God Bless America!!!

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    If the ACLU is against AZ’s new law .. EVERY red blooded, patriotic American and State should be for it!!!

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    I wonder if the ACLU has heard about Mexico’s policies – laws?

    Specifically: “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.”

    Maybe they need to start the MCLU, ‘ay.

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Well, interestingly enough…whenever the police in South Carolina have to deal with people, they want to see some form of (legal) ID. They’ve been doing this as long as I can remember.

    Yet, South Carolina has not appeared as a blip on the radar of the ACLU. Or the NAACP, or any other alphabet organization. Plus, we seem to have an extraordinarily low number of illegal immigrants here. I know a lot of Mexicans here….they treat me well…I like them….but they are here legally.

    Hm.

    SoooooOOOoooo…..it looks again like the alphabet organizations want to hunt mosquitoes with bazookas. But then, that’s their style, isn’t it?


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