Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Papers Please" on Facebook

Among many others, the image here has been posted on Facebook and is making the rounds. The group 1 MILLION Strong AGAINST the Arizona Immigration Law SB1070 membership has surpassed 525,000 people in just two days, a number including myself, Liza, Mariana, my daughter, a certain math professor, and others I know personally. It's growth is escalating and now exceeds 10,000 per hour. An informal perusal of the many, many faces shows massive Latino membership joined by African Americans, Asians, Native Americans, and Anglos from locations all across the country, and they are furious.

One particularly interesting comment came from Native American Guillermo Aguinaga Pantoja: That land belonged to us..long ago.. How come the strangers themselves want to send away the real inhabitants? Stop that awful, racist, and inhuman law!!

Legal speak and intricate explanations cannot even dent the common sense interpretation that this is not only state sanctioned, but state ordered racial profiling. The bill provides for suing police departments that don't sufficiently inspect the brown people. SB 1070 PDF.

Six months in jail if you don't have your paperwork?

I won't highlight the numerous headlines available elsewhere about the exploding boycott movement and travel warnings. I will note the curious silence of the tea leaders about big government demanding people show their papers. I guess big brother's okay when it comes to bashing brown. Tea hypocrisy is legion.

Governor Brewer is no more of a white supremacist than Barack Obama is a socialist, but since tea has led the way with the over the top vitriol and demonizing of elected officials, we've got the gander getting a dose and what's been heaped on the goose. Somehow I don't think Fox News is going to Photoshop or use stock footage of rallies to inflate the appearance of their size.

The Arizona Department of Commerce's Facebook page is being bombarded with messages including:

Dear ACCI, please make available on this page a list of all your businesses, both large and small, along with contact information of executives of same. This will help us organize and distribute information on which companies to boycott nationwide.
Thanks,
The United States of America


and

Is it me or does this seem a little like the gestapo rounding up Jews during world war II...I'm just saying...

FB users also posted a link to a scathing video by Rachel Maddow exposing the characters principally responsible for writing the law. In addition to the comments, they added the photos shown here (I merged them together) to the AZ Dept. of Commerce photo album. The text over Hitler and with Brewer, "Welcome to Arizona. Now show me your papers." The text on the car reads, "I'm Mexican. Pull me over."

Cafepress, in a development eerily like the legend of Denmark's population wearing yellow stars to render the Jews invisible to the Nazis, is now selling T-shirts declaring "I am an illegal immigrant" over the shape of the state of Arizona. The Shirt sale Facebook Page.

This is really happening.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Dustin said...

There is no way that Jan brewer could have been elected, and only by Janet Napolitano leaving could she have slid in to the governor's seat. While I could not have predicted this fiasco, I must say I knew she was bad news.

Combined with the general stupidity of our state legislature, and the brilliant mind of Russel Pearce, Arizona is now capable of all different kinds of stupidity.

To be fair, I don't know that this bill can be laid at the feet of the tea party. To my recollection, finding ways to disenfranchise filthy brown people is something of a state hobby, and was being agitated for long before the tea party showed up. While nothing this extreme was proposed, I think you might recall "immigration reform" as being a top issue as far back as the heady days of the 2006 congressional elections.

In any case, this crap was going on long before SB1070. This bill just made it much more widespread, as well as state endorsed. As someone who traverses one of the border patrol checkpoints on a daily basis for two years now, I can tell you that racial profiling was already alive and well in Arizona.

4/28/2010 5:24 AM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

Welcome back, Dustin. I don’t think x4mr (or anyone) is saying the Tea Party produced this legislation, although those who did (watch the Maddow video) clearly share Tea sentiments. People are already bickering back and forth about what the law really does, with supporters saying it only enforces what the Feds will not and detractors screaming about racial profiling. What it really means on the street is still conjecture and is as much interpretation, belief, and implementation as it is legal intricacies.

Whatever is in the bill, the fear on the street and the animosity across the country is legal, and this is going to make Evan Mecham’s refusal to honor an MLK holiday look like a casual oversight. Arizona is going to pay for this big time. The MLK debacle cost the state an estimated $300-$400 million before it finally impeached Mecham and mended its ways. Brewer won’t be impeached, but she just gave the Goddard campaign a shot at victory we would never have anticipated two months ago.

If the Goddard campaign taps this energy correctly, Brewer is toast. Also, Jonathan Paton voted for Papers Please and has voiced his support for it, and if the Giffords campaign works it right, she will get every minority vote in the district.

Regardless of what the law actually says should happen, which is not obvious to me after reading it, it is a Public Relations DISASTER. I hope Brewer and the AZ conservatives do dig in and hold their ground in obstinate refusal to acknowledge the outcry. I want them to remain self-righteous to the day they are voted out of office after costing Arizona over a billion dollars.
ASU and UA don’t need no stinking out-of-state or foreign students. Those greasy out-of-towners don’t pay no tuition. X4mr knows all about that.

4/28/2010 8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FB users are going absolutely viral, with numerous groups forming in response to this law. The Goddard campaign has jumped all over this and is posting regularly with links to its FB content. People are organizing to work against Brewer’s reelection and boycott specific activities like baseball training, Arizona parks, conventions, hotels, and other businesses. Truckers are organizing alternate routes to avoid driving through Arizona. California is quickly moving to sever all business ties to Arizona organizations. Mexico is following suit and New Mexico (44% Hispanic) will as well.

The Million Strong group membership passed 610,000 this morning and added over 10,000 in the last hour. They are well on track to surpass their 1 Million goal by the end of the weekend.

Navigator is right. Arizona is going to lose a fortune because of this.

4/28/2010 9:12 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Nav,
Spot on as usual. The bill is slippery and intentionally so, and a LOT lives in the words "reasonable" and "probable cause."

The key language occurs in Article 8, 11-1051, parts B, E, and G.

B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENT OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN, OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON.

and

E. A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, WITHOUT A WARRANT, MAY ARREST A PERSON IF THE OFFICER HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON HAS COMMITTED ANY PUBLIC OFFENSE THAT MAKES THE PERSON REMOVABLE FROM THE UNITED STATES.

So what does the above mean, exactly? That's the point. Further, in G. it calls for lawsuits should anyone think a particular police department or agency is somehow restricting enforcement to LESS THAN THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED. What does that mean?

Finally, G states that the first violation is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, which in Arizona translates to a $2500 fine and six months in jail. SB 1070 adds an additional $500 fine plus charges for the jail costs, and it eliminates the possibility of suspending or commuting the sentence ON ANY BASIS until the sentence imposed is fully served.

Nav is also right about ASU and UA students. While the law probably won't impact in-state student recruiting, it could be a significant blow to recruiting out-of-state and international students, and the high tuition (over three times) these students pay is an important revenue stream.

The bill is going to create far more harm than good for Arizona. The good news is that America may finally be waking up to the absurd hijacking of the discourse by Fox and Limbaugh, Inc.

4/28/2010 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Dustin said...

I must have been cracked out, I thought I read something about the tea party, but I must have been thinking about a previous post.

4/28/2010 6:29 PM  

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