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The CPUSA Calls For Boycott Of Arizona

From the CPUSA’s Peoples World (formerly the Daily Worker):

Lawmaker calls for Arizona boycott, governor signs draconian immigration bill

by: Pepe Lozano
April 23 2010

President Obama said the controversial anti-immigrant bill that passed Arizona’s state legislature last week and is expected to be signed by its governor is "misguided." (The bill was signed by the governor late Friday afternoon, April 23.)

The president’s remarks come days after hundreds of immigrant rights activists staged civil disobedience protests and vigils at Arizona’s Capitol opposing the measure, which has drawn national attention.

The bill would make it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally and require local police to question people about their immigration status if there is a reason to suspect they are undocumented.

Critics of the measure say it would encourage racial profiling, lead to unwarranted arrests and greater distrust of local police in the Latino community that could translate into fear of reporting crimes.

Speaking at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members on Friday in Washington, Obama said, "Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others."

The president referred to the recent efforts in Arizona, which he says "threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe."

Obama said he has instructed his administration to examine the Arizona bill to see if it violates people’s civil rights.

"If we continue to fail to act at the federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country," said Obama. "As a nation, as a people, we can choose a different future, a future that keeps faith with our history, with our heritage, and with the hope that America has always inspired in the hearts of people all over the world."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, signed the bill late today. Many predicted she would, although others, including members of Congress, civil rights groups and attorneys had hoped she would veto it because it unconstitutionally authorizes discrimination, they say.

The Arizona measure is arguably the most anti-immigrant legislation to date and would require anyone whom police suspect of being in the country illegally to produce an "alien registration document," such as a passport or an Arizona driver’s license.

In a telephone press conference Wednesday several police chiefs nationwide voiced their opposition to the bill saying it threatens public safety and limits the ability to fight violent crime. Arizona is ground zero when it comes to dealing with the country’s broken immigration system, they said.

George Gascon is the chief of police in San Francisco, Calif., and was also the former chief of the Mesa, Ariz. police department. He said the bill could have a tremendous negative impact and create significant problems for local authorities.

Gascon notes the professional opinion by mainstream police agencies across the country has always been that it is important to separate immigration laws from local ones.

"We need to recognize how this will affect the entire community," he said, especially when it comes to racial profiling.

"To say that this is not going to happen – the reality is that it will probably occur," he said.

Meanwhile Latino lawmakers are demanding more federal accountability and a stronger voice from the Obama administration in the call for immigration reform.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is calling for an economic boycott of Arizona.

"If state lawmakers don’t realize or don’t care how detrimental this will be, we need to make them understand somehow," he told reporters Thursday.

"Just as professional athletes refused to recognize Arizona until it recognized Martin Luther King Jr., we are calling on organizations not to schedule conventions and conferences in Arizona until it recognizes civil rights and the meaning of due process."

In a steamy and passionate letter that floated online earlier this week Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said, "It is open season on the Latino community in Arizona."

Giving police a broad mandate to arrest people for looking a certain way isn’t just an invitation to racial profiling, "It’s like waving a green flag and saying ‘gentlemen start your engines," said Gutierrez. "It’s an insult to American justice and one of the harshest assaults on basic civil rights in recent American history."

Gutierrez adds, "We need the federal government to assert its supremacy on the immigration issue and make it clear to state legislatures, cowboy cops, and the American people that the federal government is in charge and effectively enforcing and regulating immigration."

"Obama the President needs to stand up for what Obama the candidate and what Obama the Senator, and what Obama the Chicago community organizer stood for and lead the Congress toward reform," Gutierrez said.

Democratic leaders in Congress said on Thursday they will try to pass immigration reform legislation this year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would bring immigration legislation to the floor this year and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would try to move the bill if it passes in the Senate.

Related link: Stephen Colbert rips Arizona immigration bill

Isn’t it telling who is upset?

Also, note the “related link.”

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, April 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “The CPUSA Calls For Boycott Of Arizona”

  1. confucius

    From AP:

    Ariz. immigration debate pressures McCain

    By Jonathan J. Cooper And Paul Davenport
    April 22, 2010

    PHOENIX – Republican Sen. John McCain, who once championed a path to citizenship for the nation’s roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants, is now pushing for a crackdown on illegals amid the toughest re-election fight of his career.

    McCain’s hardline stance on immigration comes in the face of a credible GOP primary challenger, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, and the possibility that the party’s 2008 presidential nominee could lose his Senate seat because many conservatives don’t consider him one of their own.

    Engaged in a fierce contest with the tea party-backed Hayworth, McCain has moved to the right on numerous issues, including gay rights and climate change, and disavowed his long-standing maverick label.

    Facing pressure from conservatives in his own party, he began backing off his support of an immigration overhaul during his presidential primary campaign. Early in 2008, McCain privately told congressional Republicans that he had been hurt politically by his push for immigration reform and had learned that sealing the border should be a top priority. …

    Arizona has an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants. …

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/201.....r_politics

    Not very mavericky for The Maverick. Smells more like desperate.

  2. Mithrandir

    The actions by the Arizona legislature threaten “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans.”–Obama on the immigration reform in Arizona.

    Meanwhile Obama’s Aunt Zeituni Polly Onyango has been living in the U.S. illegally (on welfare with no job) since 2000. Seems there is a conflict of interest regarding “fairness” from our president.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new.....battl.html

    _______________________________________________
    Look at this interview, Matthews and his ilk really need to look at their own racial stereotypes and attitudes regarding white people and Tea Partiers. I have dealt with white people in college who were so bigoted against their own race, that it is obvious they have racist tendencies, disturbed opinions, and logically impaired judgment. Look at this interview as an example of impaired judgment:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

    • proreason

      “The actions by the Arizona legislature threaten “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans.”

      How did Obamy become the greatest egotist and narcissist of the last 100 years? How could he make such a statement that is in direct opposition to 70-80% of the country?

      Most narcissists have a fawning parent who teaches the child that he is a unique genius. But Obamy’s father and mother both abandoned him, and there is no evidence his adopting grandparents thought he was anything special.

      Many narcissists are uniquely beautiful, or smart, or athletic or have a magnetic personality. But Obamy was an even stranger-looking child than his is now, he was an average student throughout his life, he is at best an average athlete who throws like a girl, and if he has a magnetic personality, where are his friends?

      Many narcissists have impressive life accomplishments, but Obamy has none. He moved on from every “job” he ever had before accomplishing anything. He didn’t write his own “autobiography”. He failed as a Community organizer. He didn’t get one thing done in 8 years as an Illinois State Senator, and during his US Senate “career”. His efforts as “CEO” of the Annenberg Challenge have been described as a failure. The only thing we know of his very brief career as a Civil Rights lawyer is that his fellow lawyers resented him pecking away on his laptop with his feet up on the desk. He didn’t even write a single paper as “president” of the Harvard Law Review.

      So he didn’t have adoring parents, was not a successful child, and has no adult accomplishments. How could it be that that he has the biggest ego in the world?

      It is because he was picked very early in life by the Marxist revolutionaries in this country to be a candidate to become their spokes-liar. It probably happened via Frank Russell in Hawaii when Obamy was an adolescent. He was picked because all of his earlier influences had been Communist and because he was bi-racial, bi-religious, bi-national and clever enough and spoke well enough to be trainable to become a consumate liar. He was trained for 30 years, and his ego was fed for 30 years. He was told every day and in every way that he is a unique genius, pre-destined to revolutionize the world. By the time he was 20, this was already set in his mind. Every move past that point was directed by his handlers who continued to feed his ego.

      The man with zero accomplishments is convinced he is the greatest man who has ever lived.

      Overruling the will of 300 million people isn’t something he gives even a moment’s thought.

    • Right of the People

      Pro,

      You have just perfectly described the Manchurian Candidate. The only difference is that they didn’t have to kidnap the boy and take him away to brainwash him, they did it in place.

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    “President Barack Obama added his voice to the debate Friday, calling the measure misguided.

    Just like when that cop “acted stupidly”

    Way to go, Barry. How’s that size nine loafer taste?

  4. Steve

    From Medill News Service:

    Truckers plan boycott over Arizona immigration law

    by Abby Sewell – Apr. 23, 2010

    WASHINGTON – Two or three times a week, truck driver Jesus Serrano hauls loads of Mexican-grown produce from warehouses in Nogales, Ariz., which is just across the U.S.-Mexico border, to distribution centers in Los Angeles.

    Serrano plans to stop making the trip now that Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a stringent anti-illegal immigration bill into law, however, and he has recruited other truckers to join him.

    Serrano, the independent owner-operator of a Los Angeles-based trucking company, said that about 70 drivers based in California and Arizona had agreed to stop moving loads into or out of Arizona in protest of the new law. He hopes to get 200 truckers on board for a five-day boycott that will start within 48 hours of the bill’s signing.

    Brewer signed the bill Friday, over protests from groups that are concerned about potential racial profiling and other issues. The Arizona Senate had passed the measure Monday after the state House of Representatives OK’d it last week.

    The law will require police to check the immigration status of anyone they have "reasonable suspicion" to think might be in the country illegally.

    As a U.S. citizen of Mexican descent, Serrano said, he was disturbed when he heard last week that the Arizona House had passed the bill. He began talking to other independent truckers who drive the Nogales-to-Los Angeles circuit, and they planned the boycott over CB radios, on cell phones and at truck stops, Serrano said.

    "We’re Hispanic; we’re Mexican. We’ve been saying, Are we going to be getting stopped on our way to the store when we’re walking to get lunch somewhere?’ " Serrano said.

    About 40 percent of the Mexican-grown produce that’s consumed in North America comes through Nogales, according to Amy Adams, a spokeswoman with the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas. Serrano said that a revolt among independent truckers would create backlogs in moving that produce out of Nogales warehouses.

    However, Collin Stewart, the chairman of the Arizona Trucking Association, hadn’t heard of the boycott plans and said he wouldn’t expect what he described as a "CB radio revolt" by independent owner-operators to affect distribution significantly.

    "I would not imagine there would be any kind of major reduction in the flow or volume of freight," he said. "Usually these things are relegated to a small group of individuals. The immigration debate is a hot topic in Arizona right now, but it always is."

    On the other hand, Jaime Chamberlain, the owner of two Nogales-based distribution businesses and the incoming chairman of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, said that a boycott by 70 truckers could have a significant impact on freight rates, which would translate into higher prices. He also thought the state would take an economic hit from lost sales revenue.

    "If there are truckers who do feel that this is not a good bill and not a good law, and if they refuse to drive through the state of Arizona, that’s not good for Arizona, because every single one of these truckers spends money in our state," he said.

    Brewer’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment on the truckers’ boycott. At a news conference Friday when she signed the bill, the governor said it wouldn’t bring about racial profiling.

    The Arizona bill has stirred a national debate, including among the state’s representatives in Congress. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., publicly supported the measure this week, while Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., decried the bill and called for businesses across the country to boycott Arizona if it became law.

    President Barack Obama added his voice to the debate Friday, calling the measure misguided.

    What excellent news!

    This means more trucking jobs for Americans.

    • BigOil

      Now Barry can tally up some real “saved and created” jobs. Accomplished without having to dole out a trillion dollars worth of stimulus.

    • jackal40

      I’d actually agree to credit The One with adding those jobs just to piss other folks off. The only way more of this gets into the MSM is for other people to get angry about it.

      Reminds me of the South Park episode in which time travelers from the future return to get jobs – all of the South Park workers are angry ’cause ‘They took ur JOBS’!

  5. beefeater

    Gutierrez adds, “We need the federal government to assert its supremacy on the immigration issue and make it clear to state legislatures, cowboy cops, and the American people that the federal government is in charge and effectively enforcing and regulating immigration.”

    Well now, isn’t that the problem Gutierrez?

    • proreason

      ” isn’t that the problem Gutierrez?”

      not really.

      It’s the problem to the 70% of the country that opposes illegal immigration.

      But Guitierrez’s problem is acquiring access to wealth redistribution for his mates in Mexico.

      And Obamy and the libwits problem is creating a permanent majority for radicals by legalizing 13 million illegals.

    • fallingpianos

      “Libwits” is the right term for these people. They can’t even be consistent amongst themselves. Sure, they have the same goals (communism), but they can’t even get their propaganda straight:

      …Obama said, “Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level…”

      “If we continue to fail to act at the federal level…,” said Obama

      Gutierrez adds, “We need the federal government to assert its supremacy on the immigration issue and make it clear…that the federal government is in charge and effectively enforcing [emphasis mine] and regulating immigration.”

      So, the federal government is “effectively enforcing” immigration laws and “fail[ing] to act responsibly” at the same time regarding those same laws.

      Got it.

  6. crate

    Wait … now if they boycott Arizona and stay out of it,,, Then mission accomplished IMO!

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    “Just as professional athletes refused to recognize Arizona until it recognized Martin Luther King Jr., we are calling on organizations not to schedule conventions and conferences in Arizona until it recognizes civil rights and the meaning of due process.”

    Man, I’ve seen some non-sequiturs in my time…but this one is a duesy.

    1)Arizona always recognized MLK, Jr. It was the need for a holiday in a state that found too many holidays already and they drew the line with that one.
    2)Civil rights and immigration law have nothing to do with each other.
    3)The law was exactly the result of DUE PROCESS. Deliberated, debated and voted on.

    Odd how criminals and their advocates cry foul when the system works against their favor but doing things without due process and by shoving them down our throats is fine if it gives them a bigger cookie or more of someone else’s.

    Unreal.

    • MinnesotaRush

      I’m thinking Arizona’s convention and conference business will likely feel a huge spike upward in the aftermath of their very terrific new law and this ill conceived and misguided boycott.

  8. Right of the People

    I might have to consider transferring to Arizona.

  9. Perdido

    Well, here’s the solution:

    http://www.tenthamendmentcente.....-official/

    (Sorry, I don’t know how to create a link here…)

  10. misanthropicus

    When one can’t gerrymander by map, then injecting new populations into the existing contours is the best next method, and soon the political business is all that party’s –

    Any time when one rightfully tries to oppose the dems’ plans of changing the demography of this country and inject millions of Dem voters over night in the, already troubled electoral configuration, they counter-attack yelling discrimination, human rights, etc.
    Immigrating in the USA is not a right – it is a privilege and all those who want to enjoy this, must go through the due process of law. Process which, in the case of Arizona, has been grossly trampled upon PHISICALLY, LEGALLY AND MORALLY.
    And I am not surprised the the community activist in chief is so incensed about the prospects of not losing some future SEIU thugs amongst his foot soldiers – Obama is all about weakening this country, and one of the means in this operation is modifying the country’s demographic make-up. Isn’t this type of population the one who would be more willing to rescind the electoral college process as un-responsive and un-representative?
    Long overdue legislation – hope other states will follow course -

  11. wardmama4

    I do believe that AZ is going to benefit from this – in ways never expected by the idiots calling for boycott. To me, calling yourself Mexican while living & working in America (and supposedly a US citizen) – does your cause no good. If you are Mexican [-"We’re Hispanic; we’re Mexican'-] Serrano – GO HOME

    This is America – I want America to have citizens who are proud of where they came from – but prouder still of where they are citizens of and willing to merge, assimilate and do everything in their power to uphold, uplift and move America forward.

    God Bless America

  12. skclewis

    Here’s a quote from Teddy Roosevelt on immigration back in 1919 that addresses the situation we face today:

    “We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.

    But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.”

  13. canary

    … said Obama. “As a nation, as a people, we can choose a different future, a future that keeps faith with our history, with our heritage, and with the hope that America has always inspired in the hearts of people all over the world.”

    listen to the people of Arizona. They spoke, get over it. They don’t want to change America into a different country.

    Too bad the liberals can’t restart the overpopulation scare. Too many people and body heat will cause global warming. More factories, cows, cars, aahhh!




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