Rachel Maddow: The Racist Roots of Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law:
Colorlines: Don’t Call Me Racist, and Other Arizona Lies
Welcome, ladies and señores, to the media-savvy race game, where the objective is to say anything to avoid being called a racist. This explains how last Friday Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law that basically says, “Cops can use the color of your skin as one factor for demanding proof of citizenship,” and then went on to tell reporters that “racial profiling is illegal.” It also explains how President Obama can call the new Arizona law “misguided” while his own administration’s first year in office had the highest levels of deporting immigrants in history.
Wheelchair Dancer: Arizona’s Immigration Laws
[W]hat kinds of offenses make people removable? (Note: even the very word choice — removable — makes it sound like you are taking out the trash.) Turns out that besides the biggies, like you know, murder, the case for removability can be built from smaller things such as traffic offenses…I can see it being used as an excuse to enter homes, to conduct raids, to begin to hunt people down. I can see it being used as a way of legalizing the immigration equivalent of witch hunts.
The Unapologetic Mexican: SB 1070, The Latest Volley in the Long War
SB1070 makes nativist groups like FAIR happy. It makes proven racists like Mark Krikorian happy. It does not make those who must enforce this new law happy. It makes millions of the rest of us very unhappy. For very good reasons.
When President Obama condemned Arizona’s draconian and potentially unconstitutional immigration law last Friday, he predicted that “if we continue to fail to act [on immigration] at a federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts to open up across the country.” Indeed, it’s already happening.
More links after the jump…
Like A Whisper: Four Things You Can Do To Restore Civil Rights in AZ
Immigration Impact: New Arizona Enforcement Law Sparks Calls for Economic Boycott
LA Eastside: BOYCOTT ARIZONA NOW!!