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The nation glares at Arizona

Arizona just won’t learn. Two thousand and ten isn’t the first time that the state has invited a boycott by pursuing a culturally insensitive (or openly racist) policy. Led by Stevie Wonder, Americans boycotted the state in 1987 and 1988, after Gov. Evan Mecham (R) rescinded Arizona’s recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “You folks don't need another holiday,” he explained to a group of African American community leaders. “What you folks need are jobs.” Mecham then proceeded to throw gasoline on the fire by defending the use of the word “pickaninny” to describe African American children.

Though Arizonan public officials have toned down their verbal idiocy since Mecham and the MLK Day controversy, Americans of every stripe have ratcheted up the outrage that once again bears down on the Grand Canyon State. This week, the Los Angeles City Council voted 13 to 1 to ban most official city travel to Arizona and to avoid future contracts with Arizonan companies. With its resolution, Los Angeles joins San Francisco and Oakland as major cities that have passed similar anti-Arizona resolutions. In Illinois, school officials at Highland Park High School in suburban Chicago have decided not to let their girls basketball team travel to Arizona to compete in a tournament, and the Illinois House has passed a resolution condemning the law. And the upcoming NBA Western Conference Finals series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns promises to be electric for reasons that have nothing to do with the enticing Kobe Bryant vs. Steve Nash backcourt matchup.

So America finds itself divided, with seething glares and stares directed at Phoenix from all corners of the nation. As more cities pass resolutions that preclude the conducting of official business with Arizona companies, Arizona’s economy will go hungry and Arizonans will find their state lurching closer and closer to “pariah-state” territory. We can only hope that the public leaders of the Valley of the Sun learn their lesson this time.

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | May 14, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Nice try Katrina Vanden Whoville. Have you seen the polls? The only people "glaring" at Arizona are the incensed libs in the comfort of their union halls, faculty lounges, coffee klatches and the like. Dream on honey...

Posted by: sladenyv1 | May 14, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

This is more liberal propaganda. Every poll has found that the majority of Americans fully approve of Arizona's efforts to stop the flood of illegal immigrants that infests the state.

Only about 30% do not approve. That is the lunatic fringe comprised of illegals and their sympathizers.

Who cares about them anyway???

Posted by: battleground51 | May 14, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Propaganda?
Arizona will lose big economically. Call it what you want.
They are losers.

Posted by: vrob125 | May 14, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Why does the WaPo always take the anti-American side of a controversy??

WaPo seems to be working against America and for Mexico.

The Mexican leadership is simply using America as a dump for it's unwanted humanity.

America is sick and tired of being dumped on.

The polls reflect that and there will be heckfire to pay in November. Obama and his people are on the wrong side of current events today and history tomorrow.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 14, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Katrina Vanden Whoville. you are out of your mind. read the polls, pay attention to the polls. figure out how to write correctly and properly with correct facts and not your made up for crap
go arizona and boycott california

Posted by: robertbeaver | May 14, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

lady pay attention to what you write and report facts and not your guess work. polls say what is totally different to what you expouse.
go arizona and boycott californis

Posted by: robertbeaver | May 14, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The big, bad boycotts by the illegal aliens and their sympathizers don't add up to a hill of beans in the big picture.

If Arizona kicks all the outlaw immigrants in the state out, it will save ten times more than it loses by being victimized by bogus boycotts.

Besides, the boycotts will put thousands of illegals out of work in Arizona. Just another incentive for them to move on.

And how about all those other states that are clamoring for their own "Arizona" laws? Are they begging to be boycotted too?

Posted by: battleground51 | May 14, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, many commenters correctly cite polling data showing support for Arizona as the champion of bigotry. These polls indicate that intolerance and a failure to understand the history and culture of the American Southwest as well as the true nature of the American "melting pot" or "mixing bowl" are problems which are broader than the Grand Canyon State. How does an enlightened society react when the polls show the majority of us to be wrong? That's a challenge worth examining.

Posted by: cybridge | May 14, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

They should be glaring at congress for not having the backbone to take care of the issue of illegals. No state would be in this position if the federal govt. did it's job.

Afraid of losing votes instead of pushing to control the borders. We should all be boycotting Washington for failure to do it's job!!!

Posted by: hazel223 | May 14, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The nation glares at Arizona ? really ? methinks maybe just liberals are glaring ?

Apparently most Americans SUPPORT Arizona... including half of ALL Democrats ! according to the latest polls. Who knew Democrats were.. well .. so racist ?

Arizona is simply enforcing federal law... its new law expressly forbidding the dreaded "profiling".

Ironically, the fear and fantasy over Arizona by liberals.. is doing what the law itself likely will fail to achieve.. an accelerated flight to sanctuary cities and states ! and a decline in new arrivals.

I think Arizona should offer a free ticket to Los Angeles to any illegal immigrant.. no questions asked.

Thanks Vanden Heuvel

Posted by: pvilso24 | May 14, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

No Katrina, the seething glares are in YOUR direction, as millions of Americans are fed up with the government's inaction and with clueless liberals who live in homogeneous places like Upper Northwest DC or Bethesda passing judgment on the rest of us.

Posted by: bbface21 | May 14, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Propaganda? Here's some propaganda. I predict that Arizona's self-inflicted wounds will cost the state $1 BILLION in revenue over the next 5 years, unless their crap is repealed in its entirety.

Do you even know what "propaganda" means???

Posted by: CardFan | May 14, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

As a resident of what we here in Tucson call Baja Arizona, I appreciate your column. We pretty uniformly hate this law. Here's why.

The present border between Arizona and Sonora is not a natural border. The natural, or historic, border is the Gila River, about 150 miles to the north.

In 1853, Tucson was a thriving outpost of Mexico, with the largest cathedral west of the Apalachians - or possibly the Atlantic, properous ranches, and busy trade with the communties to the south along the Santa Cruz River. It was about 100 years old at that time. The expedition that founded the Mission of San Fransisco set out from here, the furtherest outpost of Nueva Espana. Everyone spoke Spanish.

Following the Mexican War, in 1853, Mexico was forced to sell this real estate to the US. It was known as the Gadsden Purchase. The border was drawn in DC, and pleased no one. Mexicans were given entitlement to their land, so they stayed. They are still here. Those families are essentially the Mayflower families of this region. They know who they are. This has always been a bicultural town, with strong economic, familial and cultural ties to Sonora. Sonora is our major trading and commercial partner. This section of the border was never really sealed. There has always been a steady flow back and forth to the mutual benefit of everyone. Economic migration has been seen as a mutual benefit. You heard more Spanish spoken on the streets and in stores 50 years ago than now.

Two things have upset this happy arrangement. The first is the determination of US officials to somehow take care of the "drug problem" at the border, bringing violence and crime previously rare. We wish it would stay up north where the pot heads live. The second is the huge influx of xenophobic midwesterners and easterners to the recently built Phoenix area. Plus a growing trend toward isolationism in general.

The worst result is the tendency to conflate economic migration with the drug trade, when in fact they have essentially no relationship. The other huge problem is the failure to realize that in many areas, 30% of the population is not only Hispanic, but has been here for three generations and more. For some reason they take offense at the notion they should carry their birth certificates at all times while a recent arrival with blue eyes does not.

This may help explain why our City Council is so opposed to this law. About 1/3rd of the City Council and perhaps 1/2 of the Police Force would be at risk of being stopped and asked for ID, even though their ancestors were here before English settled Vermont.

The good news is, this will absolutely boost Hispanic turnout in November. Stay tuned.

Posted by: pgr31 | May 14, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Propaganda? Really? I will bet that polls conducting over the Martin Luther King holiday expressed that a majority of Arizonians didn't want that holiday either. But the boycott proved otherwise.

I can find a poll to support any claim I make. It doesn't make it necessarily true. The truth is these are bad laws and a misstep by republicans to pander to their racists base. The backlash will be felt by all of Arizona.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | May 14, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

You are always wrong.

Americans are glaring at the National Council of La Raza who calls for Arizona to be boycotted.

I call for the boycott of supporters of the NCLR - and their anti-American, racist tactics - sign the petition here:
http://www.gopetition.com/online/36214.html

The following is an exerpt from an LA teacher/professor who calls for revolution in the name of reclaiming what originally belonged to Mexico at a La Raza UCLA rally. "Why is it that these people, these frill, racist, white people want to keep us out of this country?..We have a long history in example of our commandante, Fidel Castro. We have Hugo Chavez, Eva Moralzez, we have Brazil, Ecuador, you name it...We no longer will fall to these lies called borders...We see ourselves, all of us here, as the Northern front of a Latin American revolutionary movement. There are more than 40 million of our people north of the Rio Grande. That means to them that’s 40 million potential revolutionaries north of the border inside the belly of the beast...Our enemy is the same enemy as Hugo Chavez had… Our enemy is the same enemy that keeps Africa poor. Our enemy is the same enemy that keeps Asia poor. Our enemy is capitalism and imperialism."

Hear more militant illegal immigrant and La Raza white-hating here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajkAP_M4ZAM

Think your borders are secure? Watch a half million pour across at ONE point in AZ here: http://www.borderinvasionpics.com/Invasion.html

Duh.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | May 14, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Lefties love poll results when the results support their views. If not, they say things like "I can find a poll to support any claim I make." The truth is that most Americans support the law. Not only that, most Hispanic American citizens support the law. Arizona may get hurt economically. May not. We'll see. Since most Hispanic Americans support the law, logic leads us to believe that indeed Hispanic turnout WILL be boosted in November. And that'll be good for the Republicans. It's anybody's guess. We'll soon find out. The Federal government didn't do it's job, so the state of Arizona is doing it themselves. The border is a living hell. Innocent Americans are being murdered. Something other than additional waiting had to be done. In my opinion, Lefties love their perceived intellectual and moral superiority. It's easy. And as long as it's not their loved ones being murdered and their property destroyed...

Posted by: drachir | May 14, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

So L.A., San Fran, & Oakland have voted to ban official city travel to Arizona and future contracts with Arizonan companies? Good! Maybe it will help them (and the rest of California) get their spending under control.

Posted by: gavlonitis | May 14, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

I take the other approach with Arizona. The residents of that state are tired of being treated as second class citizens by their federal government. Thhat government does not enforce the Immigration laws already on the books and will not reimburse the Arizona countires for numerous expenditures of taxpayer monies to support the illegal group. If Arizona really wanted to make a statement they could just wholesale refuse to admit the illegals for any form of medical care, welfare or admission into the public schools system. If they did take that hard line then you could really hear the screaming from the left.

Posted by: npsilver | May 15, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

There is nothing patriotic about harassing American citizens whose ancestors happen not to come from northern Europe. The new rash of laws in Arizona is blatantly unconstitutional. I predict that they will be struck down by the courts by the end of the year. Until that happens, my wallet and I will avoid Arizona.

Posted by: bettenoir | May 15, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Katrina,

Here's glaring at you, kid.

Posted by: elgropo1 | May 15, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

One thing is for sure...if the flood of illegals pouring into Arizona were thought to vote Republican, Katrina and those of her ilk would be down there building the fence themselves. As well as jacking up anyone who looked like George Lopez, asking to see their papers.

Posted by: jpmenavich | May 15, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Let's add a little balance to the article. This high school that refuses to go to AZ is nevertheless going to China with its wonderful record on human rights and its treatment of women. And despite the rebuff by LA, all polls show that the marjority of Americans support the AZ law. Perhaps the columnist is looking in the mirror and the glare is bright.

Posted by: bg392 | May 15, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

pgr31,

You've apparently been a resident of Baja Boohoo just long enough to qualify for a library card. Your precious white guilt compels you to random displays of obsequiousness; you've gone native. Your compassion for 1/3 of the city council and 1/2 of the police department sees no irony in the "risk" that they may have to check each other's I.D.'s under the new law. (A Keystone Kops police state?) Further, you see no irony in slurring easterners and midwesterners as "xenophobic." What about you? I'm betting you're a (legal) transplant. Am I wrong?

Posted by: elgropo1 | May 15, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

The hard Left attacks. As we can look back on history, consider the "Chicano" movement. That was an attempt to radicalize the Hispanic public to make common cause with counter culture and Black power revolutionary. Guess what? Mexican Americans and the other Hispanics don't think the same way. So the movement withered away. Now we have La Raza and what's left of the Left trying once again to build a radical coalition. Sorry guys, but bad ideas don't attract majorities.

Posted by: Puller58 | May 15, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Katrina, Would you be happy if AZ did away with the 4th of July and only celibrated the 5th of May? Even happier if the mexican flag waved above the AZ statehouse? How about if AZ just adapted mexican laws?

Posted by: gfhoward258 | May 15, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

There is nothing patriotic about harassing American citizens whose ancestors happen not to come from northern Europe. The new rash of laws in Arizona is blatantly unconstitutional. I predict that they will be struck down by the courts by the end of the year. Until that happens, my wallet and I will avoid Arizona.

Posted by: bettenoir

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If the courts were to "strike down" the AZ law, the federal law would have to be ruled unconstitutional as well since the law mimics the federal law that is already in place. The only difference is that AZ has chosen to enforce it.

Posted by: bethg1841 | May 15, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Eric Holder condemned Arizona and hadn't even read their bill. They are trying to protect themselves because Obama and company will not. Walk a mile in their shoes and have the illegals coming in and killing you on your own ranch and then see how you feel. This law is softer that the federal law. It allows officers to ask questions only after a legal stop and failure to produce identification that all of us have to produce. Obama shows no leadership. He likes the attacks and the calls for boycotting innocent Arizonians that had nothing to do with the enactment of the law that nobody seems to understand is the same as the law of the land. We are becoming a socialist miserable country, divided by the worst choice for president we have ever made.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | May 15, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Vanden Huevel,

What is the weather like on your planet?

Posted by: Hawkeye95 | May 15, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure that if polls were taken in 1963, then there would be a majority against civil rights laws. Remember, Goldwater and Reagan (not to mention the Southern so-called conservatives) called it "socialism" and the downfall of America.

Maybe AZ can pass a law calling for separate water fountains and bathrooms, too!

This is nothing more than the southern strategy in all it's vile flexibility. The Republican business interests wanted this to happen - it lowered working wages, was a new onslaught against organized labor and workplace safety regulation, and made the off shoring of manufacturing easier. Then they could play the other side of the coin and get use the "God, guns gays, blacks, Mexicans, Muslims" line, and the trained parrots would just keep repeating over and over again while their pockets were gladly picked.

I know self-reflection is new to most of the posters here, but look at what is said and the words used in these posts. As Michael Wilbon has said in this same paper, "It doesn't take long to figure out a man's agenda".

The modern Republican Party can be personified by Herbert Hoover and Jesse Helms: incompetence and bigotry.

Posted by: terry_rudolph | May 15, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

bettenoir Your prediction may be correct.
Let Arizona take a look at your personal financial statement and see if they really care about your wallet. IF you're loaded with dough AND you had previous plans to spend plenty of it in Arizona real soon, they might care.

Posted by: drachir | May 15, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

In all the above comments, the only one who seems to have any real knowledge of the history of the situation is pgr31. It coincides with my much more limited grasp of the history of the Southwest.

He (my apologies if it's she) makes a series of good points. The history of the region is far richer and more complex than can be expressed on a bumper sticker or in a sound bite.

A lot of the other comments sound like knee-jerk reactions and reiterations of various urban legends. Maybe if a lot more people took a bit of time to learn how things got to where they are, and who is really doing what, we could get some sort of serious dialogue going and figure out a solution to the problem. Name-calling and finger-pointing from either side have rarely worked in the past and I don't see them getting any better.

Posted by: mbaltmanis | May 15, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

'm sure that if polls were taken in 1963, then there would be a majority against civil rights laws. Remember, Goldwater and Reagan (not to mention the Southern so-called conservatives) called it "socialism" and the downfall of America.

Maybe AZ can pass a law calling for separate water fountains and bathrooms, too!

This is nothing more than the southern strategy in all it's vile flexibility.

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Only Racism. It has nothing to do with the violent crime and drugs, the degradation of working-class neighborhoods, the strain on social services and schools and the perception that many new immigrants lack the desire to assimilate and become part of the American Experience.

I've been telling liberals for months to give up the race card, it doesn't work anymore. People from all walks of life are too fed up and won't feel guilty about expressing their sentiments.

Posted by: bbface21 | May 15, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

America is not divided. The division is between citizens and government/business/compliant news reporting.
There is not one other nation on earth which allows, no less encourages, millions, millions of illegal migrants to swarm across its borders. Not one.
The federal government feeds us reasons why we American citizens cannot object to this: it would be racist, we can’t deport them: there are too many.
Our government is broken. It can’t or won’t control Wall Street. It can’t or won’t control immigration. It cries foul when a front line state, a member of the union, takes matters into its own hands.
I don’t feel like I live in the United States of America. I feel like I live in a feudal society where the rich get richer, where the rich are addicted to an endless supply of cheap labor while the middle class pays more and more tax to bail out rich investment mistakes and provide health and social services to the endless supply of cheap labor.
This really isn’t about race or ethnicity at all. This is about Big Brother feeding us a line of bull disguised as political correctness to serve its own end.
I want the border secured. I want illegal aliens deported. All of them. I want employers to pay a living wage to American workers.

Posted by: Delu0918 | May 15, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Something must be done about the unskilled, uneducated, foreign speaking masses that are pouring across our southern border by the tens of millions. This mass exodus from the corrupt bedlam called Mexico, is potentially ruinous for The United States. It is creating a whole new underclass of impoverished, aggrieved, and angry victims.

That may be what the Democrats want but it's not what the majority of real Americans wants. America has enough problems with its own disadvantaged citizens. We cannot deal with Mexico's surplus peasants too. They must be sent back to Mexico. There is no other way.

The alternative is an America that is permanently divided into an impoverished, angry Meximerica and what is left of the old America. One English speaking and the other Spanish speaking. A country divided in such a way will eventually cease to exist.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 15, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The only one's who are objecting are the libturds who need the votes this November. Just can't help yourselves by playing the race card at every opportunity. This is getting all too predictable, object to "the one", have the race card played. Send Sharpton & Jackson to create a phony story of oppression then blame the tea party. You people are a real piece of work.

Posted by: elcigaro1 | May 15, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Another factoid from the bottom of the barrel left-wing intelligencia. The nation is supportive of enforcing the laws, and LA is not even remotely representative of the "entire nation". Get a life and step out of the bubble.

Posted by: NoWeCant | May 15, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Article like this make me want to punch Liberals in the face. Two thirds of the country support the law yet this WoMan changes the facts to suit her argument. Then when 3 Americans are brutally murdered in Mexico all the press wants to do is attack the morals of the victims. Liberals are disgusting lot and they should have no say in the running of our government.

Posted by: wjj_johnson | May 15, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The law will not make AZ any safer, cost it's citizens more to enforce, lose a billion in income, have suits against it for illegal searches when the sheriff of it's largest county says speaking spanish is probable cause. It will stop illegals from testifying in other crimes. The GOP worried about Tea Party support have more than less supporting the AZ law. The Tea Party is 20% of the electorate, blacks/hispanics over 35%. Big longterm mistake by the GOP. Push the envelope getting similar measures in GOP states I can guarantee a turnout larger than the Tea Party.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 15, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

jameschirico What in the world does this sentence of yours mean? "The GOP worried about Tea Party support have more than less supporting the Arizona law?" Did you mean ...have more or less supported the Arizona law? Please use better English.

Posted by: drachir | May 15, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Three financially broke sanctuary cities whose politicians rely on illegal alien supporters to remain in their power positions don't like the Arizona bill.
Suprise!

THe Eric Holder Arizona Law reading group proclaims the law's unconstitutionality based on press reports.

The people who say "well if people disagree with me, they must be racists" and "so what if the polls are 70%, every body else doesn't understand what the real world is" are out today.

It is interesting that the supporters of the bill seem to have actually read it, and the opponents of the bill decry bad polls, claim unconstitutionality (without providing a reason) and say (but who else will cut our grass and do our cheap jobs--say, isn't that a a racist comment there.

Posted by: Paladin7b | May 15, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Many states, I think I heard 20, are writing the AZ law and plan to pass it. The illegals have gone all over the country and they are driving everyone crazy. The immigrants that come here legally are fine. They do not want the illegals either! We can not support our own citizens and the illegals, too.

Let Obama find his voters somewhere else.

Posted by: annnort | May 15, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow--the crowd that claims to be best buds with Jesus, that INSISTS the US is a Christian nation, and that clamors for Christian prayer to be brought back into public schools grants itself full permission to go on a vitriolic rampage the minute anyone disagrees with it.

Jesus must be screaming with laughter at the hypocrisy.

Posted by: SaffronLove | May 15, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

why don't you moron republicans tell the truth. the barn door facing south was opened wide by GEORGE W BUSH and you sat on your fat backsides for eight long years and took no action.

now that you've got a democrat to blame for it you are suddenly all hot and bothered.

most americans can see thru your political tricks. you are fooling no one.
i think you're the ones that have the big surprise coming your way in november.

i personally beleive the border shud have been closed years ago. but you republicans were afraid to demand it of geo W bush.
now you arizonans will be the one to pay for your support of bush just like the gulf states will pay for their support of bush and the oil companies.

drill baby drill hahahahahahah if it weren't such an ecological disaster.

Posted by: surlydoc | May 16, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Why can't the media, leave the people of Arizona, go about their business, as they see fit. The Federal government has let them down, no great surprise. Wait until we are a welfare state. Many more instances of paralysis, from big government will surface.

Posted by: dangreen3 | May 16, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Why can't the media, leave the people of Arizona, go about their business, as they see fit. The Federal government has let them down, no great surprise. Wait until we are a welfare state. Many more instances of paralysis, from big government will surface.

Posted by: dangreen3 | May 16, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

I'll bet the moronic liberals that run those "sanctuary cities" would scream bloody murder if Arizona rounded up the 500,000 outlaw immigrants in Arizona and bussed them all to, say, San Fransisco or Los Angeles.

What a hoot that would be. Gavin Newsom and that guy that runs Los Angeles into the ground would be on the phone calling out the National Guard.

Hypocrites all, all the time. The truth is that California has been taken over by illegal immigrants and their sympathizers and it wants other states to feel it's pain.

Truth is, California waited too, too long to take action. California is a ruined state. May as well give it to Mexico now.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 16, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Arizona should have its name changed to Dryarea, Arizona being Spanish you know.

Seriously, the law passed is unconstitutional on its face, mob opinion polls aside. Now saying that may well rile the right wing constitution haters who like to call themselves "Patriots" but what else is new.

Posted by: timothy2me | May 16, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Go here and read:

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/viewpoints/articles/2010/05/15/20100515arizona-immigration-law-robb.html

Straight from Arizona to you.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 16, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Arizona should have its name changed to Dryarea, Arizona being Spanish you know.

Seriously, the law passed is unconstitutional on its face, mob opinion polls aside. Now saying that may well rile the right wing constitution haters who like to call themselves "Patriots" but what else is new.

Posted by: timothy2me | May 16, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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Amd another member of the Eric Holder reading club makes his contribution on the law.......

Posted by: Paladin7b | May 16, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

This ditwit seems to ignor the fact that 64 percent Plus of America is in favor of Arizona and discussed with Congress for not enforcing the Federal law. We have given 8 to 9 million illegal aliens amnesty now washington wants to give another 20 amnesty. There are 4 million Illegal aliens entering the U.S. annually that will be ANOTHER 40 million in ten years taking your jobs. Do you that E-Verify makes it impossible for someone to get a job without a "good" social security card? Yet just about all Democrats voted against it and ALL but 2 Republicans voted against it also. SO DO NOT VOTE Republican or Democratic simply because it is your party otherwise the beat will go on and on and on. Throw these Idiots out of office regardless of party. Simply type in your search bar your Senator or Congressman's name and ask is he/she for amnesty? You will find out they are for amnesty in 99 percent of the cases. Listen to ALL candidates and vote in those who will do as YOU want.

Posted by: Wattshill1 | May 16, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

This ditwit seems to ignor the fact that 64 percent Plus of America is in favor of Arizona and discussed with Congress for not enforcing the Federal law. We have given 8 to 9 million illegal aliens amnesty now washington wants to give another 20 amnesty. There are 4 million Illegal aliens entering the U.S. annually that will be ANOTHER 40 million in ten years taking your jobs. Do you that E-Verify makes it impossible for someone to get a job without a "good" social security card? Yet just about all Democrats voted against it and ALL but 2 Republicans voted against it also. SO DO NOT VOTE Republican or Democratic simply because it is your party otherwise the beat will go on and on and on. Throw these Idiots out of office regardless of party. Simply type in your search bar your Senator or Congressman's name and ask is he/she for amnesty? You will find out they are for amnesty in 99 percent of the cases. Listen to ALL candidates and vote in those who will do as YOU want.

Posted by: Wattshill1 | May 16, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the nation ISN'T glaring at Arizona. East coast journalists apparently are, but poll after poll is showing that a whopping 60% to 73% of Americans SUPPORT the AZ law. I am a Democrat, and even I support it.

Posted by: retabroad | May 17, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The politicians in Los Angeles and other cities in California are whipping up the mobs. They cry out for boycotts against people that had nothing to do with passing the laws. People who earn a living providing tourist services are being punished because their legislators passed a bill in self-defense, that mirrors the federal law which the Obama administration will not enforce.
THE BAD JOKE IS THAT CALIFORNIA HAS THE EXACT SAME LAW. Penal Code 834b provides in almost identical language what the 10 page law of Arizona provides.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | May 17, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

THIS AUTHOR IS GLEEFUL AT THE PROSPECT OF PEOPLE IN ARIZONA SUFFERING LOSS OF INCOME BY IDIOTIC BOYCOTTS. "So America finds itself divided, with seething glares and stares directed at Phoenix from all corners of the nation. As more cities pass resolutions that preclude the conducting of official business with Arizona companies, Arizona’s economy will go hungry and Arizonans will find their state lurching closer and closer to “pariah-state” territory. We can only hope that the public leaders of the Valley of the Sun learn their lesson this time."

WHAT DOES SHE WANT THEM TO DO ABOUT IT. SHOULD THEY CONTINUE TO LET THEIR RANCHERS BE MURDERED ON THEIR OWN LAND?

THE FAILURE IS NOT ARIZONA'S. THE FAILURE IS IN OUR STARS. PELOSI REID AND OBAMA.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | May 17, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, "The Nation" refers to Katrina's publication. She doesn't respect the citizenry, or the fact that the majority of the citizenry of the US supports Arizona's new laws.

Spoiled, rich Katrina doesn't care about the pain suffered by average citizens, because she isn't subjected to the pain she demands be imposed upon all of us. She's a billionaire. According to her socialist ideology, we don't deserve rights and freedoms, we should be forced into harness to serve her ends, so we shouldn't have the power to oppose what she supports.

The facts are, Arizona has just informed Los Angeles, that if they truly wish a boycott, then Arizona will be happy to stop selling electricity to Los Angeles (AZ supplies 25% of the electricity used in LA) and is sure it can find others to buy it. Thus far, the former illegal alien gang banger, and MeCHA member mayor, of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa has been too cowardly to respond.

Posted by: jenn3 | May 18, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

pgr31, "Thriving", I think you'll find that indigenous Americans disagree with you. Firstly, Mexicans aren't indigenous to the US, or to the lands south of the border, they are Spanish. These same Hispanics enslaved, tortured and slaughtered many Apache, Ute and Navajo people. The Spanish mission architecture the tourists ooh and aah over, wasn't built by Mexicans, but by the slave labor of Navajo, Utes and Apache, they were also put to forced slave labor in mines. When they sought to defend themselves and loved ones, they would have a heel or foot chopped off, if they tried to escape, they would be shot.

The Spanish committed genocide of the indigenous peoples south of the border, and those few that remained didn't "intermarry" with the Spanish. They are NOT indigenous. Those same Spanish invented the trans-Atlantic slave trade, bringing over more than 8 million African slaves, and working virtually all of them to death. People like you lie about history, because you're racist, and want to hide the truth. You're advocacy reveals your racist, pro-slavery mindset, but then again, the left are racist and pro-slavery, you and Katrina reflect a plantation owner mindset.

Mexico is a wealthy country, with zero national debt. It's the 4th largest oil producing nation and 12th wealthiest in the world, with billionaires and a large and thriving middle class. Why don't you demand that it raise taxes on it's people, to support it's poor, instead of demanding that struggling US citizens be burdened with more debt to subsidize illegal aliens?

None of the lands that make up the US belonged to Mexico, Mexico sought to steal lands that didn't belong to it, as a means of expanding the Spanish empire. It failed, yet even then it was treated fairly and paid a large sum in recompense to avoid further war.

Posted by: jenn3 | May 18, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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