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AP: Backlash Against AZ Law Is Growing

From those whippers up of hysteria at the Associated Press:

Day laborers, faith, immigrant and civil rights advocates gather to make posters, T-shirts and banners for use in Saturday’s planned immigration rally at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) headquarters on Thursday, April 29, 2010, in Los Angeles. Banner reads in Spanish: "We’re All Arizona."

Backlash against AZ law is growing

Lawsuits target AZ law amid calls for boycotts

JONATHAN J. COOPER and PAUL DAVENPORT, Associated Press Writers

Friday, 30 Apr 2010

PHOENIX (AP) – Backlash against a new Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration is broadening from the political arena as opponents file lawsuits, entertainers and other countries denounce the measure and protesters chant for a boycott of the state at an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game in Chicago.

A lawsuit from 15-year Tucson police veteran Martin Escobar was one of three filed Thursday, less than a week after Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill that critics claim is unconstitutional and fear will lead to racial profiling.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government may challenge the law, which requires local and state law enforcement to question people about their immigration status if there’s reason to suspect they’re in the country illegally, and makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally

Entertainers entered the fray Thursday, with Colombian singer Shakira visiting Phoenix to meet the city’s police chief and mayor amid her concerns the measure would violate human and civil rights.

"It goes against all human dignity." she said of the law.

"Mexican-Americans are not going to take this lying down," singer Linda Ronstadt, a Tucson native, said at a news conference on a lawsuit planned by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Immigration Law Center.

And at the Billboard Latin Music Awards ceremony in Puerto Rico, singer Ricky Martin denounced the law, saying it "makes no sense."

About 40 immigrant rights activists gathered outside Wrigley Field in Chicago Thursday, chanting "Boycott Arizona" as the Cubs open a four-game series against the Diamondbacks. A small plane toting a banner criticizing the law circled the stadium. A Cubs spokesman declined to comment, while Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said the team was there to play baseball.

While debate over the law swirled nationwide, Arizona lawmakers Thursday approved modifications to the law. The changes include strengthening restrictions against using race or ethnicity as the basis for questioning by police and specifying that possible violations of local civil ordinances can trigger questioning on immigration status.

The law’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Russell Pearce, characterized those changes as clarifications "just to take away the silly arguments and the games, the dishonesty that’s been played." …

In Mexico City, Mayor Marcelo Ebrard announced he would try to join lawsuits seeking to overturn the law, with a statement from his office calling the measure "a planned Apartheid against Mexicans."

Officials in El Salvador urged people to avoid traveling to Arizona, according to the Foreign Ministry. In Nicaragua, officials called on the Organization of American States and the United Nations "to take the necessary measures to safeguard the rights of the Hispanic population."

The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders also sued Thursday, and sought an injunction preventing authorities from enforcing the law. The group argued that federal law pre-empts state regulation of national borders, and that Arizona’s law violates due process rights by letting police detain suspected illegal immigrants before they’re convicted.

In his lawsuit, Escobar, the Tucson police officer, argued he’ll be sued whether he enforces the law or not, either for violating civil rights or for refusing to enforce it.Tucson police said Escobar acted on his own.

At least three Arizona cities — Phoenix, Flagstaff and Tucson — are considering legal action to block the law.

Politicians from around the country also weighed in. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter said he would veto a new law like the one in Arizona, while Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry said such a law would be wrong for his state because it has a tradition of rejecting harsh anti-immigrant policies…

Not that we believe a word of this article. But let’s for the sake of argument say that there is a tremendous backlash in this country about Arizona’s new immigration law.

Why is there so much “outrage” such a giant “backlash” over this bill, when there’s been precious little outrage – precious little backlash — over the incredible number of murders and kidnappings done by illegal aliens?

What are our priorities here?

By the way, the photo at the top is right.

We are all Arizonians now.

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

10 Responses to “AP: Backlash Against AZ Law Is Growing”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Say what you will about the open borders crowd but don’t believe for a minute that their planners are stupid when it comes to political maneuvering.

    They know that they have to absolutely squash this thing in its infancy or other states will follow AZ.
    If they can’t stop it, and if the Democrats actually include the national ID card in their “immigration reform” bill, the illegals will stream back to whatever countries they came from (and they don’t want them back).

  2. U NO HOO says:

    “the dishonesty that’s been played”

    Dishonesty is all Obama and his ilk know.

  3. proreason says:

    I want the bill for my state so Shakira will come here too.

    I’d love to discuss my political views with her.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This is the kind of backlash I can support. I think it’s magnificent that such umbrage to a law that’s designed to rid the state of illegal aliens does so through a boycott as well.

    Reminds of the seven year old who says to the teacher, “I’ll show you, I’ll just fail this test. THEN you’ll be sorry.”

    I was a resident of AZ for over 20 years. I was all for anything that kept people who I didn’t care for from darkening our highways. The news was always filled with violent crime and often due to something related to “undocumented” aliens.

    My hat’s off to the people of AZ. And, as NNC says, it will probably catch on and leave the illegals ultimately with CANADA for any kiond of sanctuary. That will bring about an interesting tmie as they seem comfortable with telling us how to deal with it. Hope it works out really well for them.

  5. retire05 says:

    Linda Ronstadt? Isn’t she the 3/4 white (1/4 Hispanic) singer whose nose collapsed on stage due to her prolific cocaine use and ended her “engagement” to California’s Democrat, Jerry Brown? Why, yes, she is.

    So now we are back to the “one drop” rule as Ronstadt uses the same “race” determination as Obama does, based on skin color and not heritage. Ok, so I have decided to be a Swede, although I have my father’s dark Cherokee hair and eyes.

    And where are all the reports on TEA Partiers preparing for a protest? Or where are the marches to protest the murder of Robert Rosas, Jr., the American Hispanic who was shot in the back of his head, neck and torso eight times by an four illegals, one who was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison yesterday by an American HISPANIC judge?

    God, I am so sick of this racist crap. The only ones pushing it are the Democrats who are seeing votes in their eyes with the amnesty they want to give to 12-20 million illegals.

    • jackal40 says:

      “Mexican-Americans are not going to take this lying down,” singer Linda Ronstadt, a Tucson native.

      Nope, they’re taking to the streets and heading back home – why don’t you follow them Linda. I dislike when celebrities use the former pop status to weigh in on issues they don’t know all that much about. The only illegals she’s used to dealing with were the ones supplying here habit (maybe the ones doing her yard – might even be the same ones).

  6. TwilightZoned says:

    Hmmm…I saw a poll, don’t recall by whom, yesterday that stated:

    39% of the American people support AZ bill
    30% of the American people do not support the AZ bill
    31% either never heard of the bill or don’t have an opinion (These people really scare me. Probably part of the 48% that don’t pay taxes either.)

  7. RightWinger says:

    I’m still waiting for this “backlash” to spill over against Mexico, what with their ZERO tolerance policy against Central Americans trying to sneak across Mexico’s southern border. Why are the leaders in El Salvador and Nicarauga so upset about Arizona when their citizens must sneak across Mexico first to get to Arizona? From what I’ve read, if they get caught sneaking in they either get thrown in jail or the policia rob them blind and then kick them up the road to the next policia shakedown.

    If everybody is so upset with the AZ law (which is patterned after the Federal Law), then why even bother having it in the first place? Oh yeah, I forgot. We need the laws to prevent all those white Europeans from sneaking onto our land.

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