Friday, April 23, 2010

Paton Supports AZ Immigration Bill

The whole country is talking about Arizona's SB 1070 that would require all brown people to carry papers under threat of immediate arrest. The Star's Rhonda Bodfield has a good piece capturing some of the reactions from the likes of Stephen Colbert ("Harassing Latinos with racial profiling isn't an inevitable side effect of Arizona's anti-immigration law - it's the entire point.") to US News & World Report ("members of the Arizona state House have made a strong bid for this year's coveted 'nuttiest legislative body' award").

President Obama has remarked on the bill, "Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others. That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which 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."

Someone forwarded me an email today from Jonathan Paton's AZ CD-8 campaign. He voted for SB 1070, strongly supports it, and his email expresses outrage over CD-7 Rep. Raul Grijalva's remarks Tuesday suggesting that the bill is inherently racist. Racist? Really?

Grijalva also suggested that businesses should leave Arizona if Gov. Jan Brewer signs it. Paton's email also calls for CD-8 Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to join him in denouncing Grijalva's remarks, and then it goes on a tirade that all of this is Giffords fault, actually criticizing her for supporting the STRIVE Act of 2007, which was a harsher bill than the failed 2005 McCain-Kennedy Secure America bill that many Republicans supported including Sen. Kyl., of course McCain, and GW Bush. STRIVE was an excellent bill that recognized the reality that we cannot locate the 15 million people who don't have papers, let alone ship them out of the country. What does he want, Operation Wetback times 15? Funded how?

AZ CD-8 was 20.4% Hispanic (fastest growing ethnicity) in the 2006-2008 survey. The 2010 census will return a larger number. It's possible Paton figures if Brewer signs the bill, by the general election, the brown people will be too afraid to go to the polls, assuming they're not already in prison.

Update: Rep. Grijalva has closed his offices after staff received multiple death threats.
Update II: Governor Brewer signed the bill.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glassman Response to S.B.1070

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- U.S. Senate candidate Rodney Glassman released the following response to the passage of S.B.1070:

"This legislation is a rash attempt to score political points. The federal government has failed to secure our border and that must change. John McCain has been in Washington for 28 years and while he has been on all sides of the issue, our immigration problem has gotten worse under his watch.

S.B.1070 is the type of legislation that undermines the trust between law enforcement and neighborhoods that so many have worked so long to achieve. It does nothing to secure the border or stop the violence in our border region. It does nothing to address the reasons so many cross our borders without going through legal channels. This bill is nothing more than an unfunded mandate that shifts the financial burden onto cities and towns already grappling with budget cuts."

4/23/2010 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

The blogs are going nuts over the passage of this bill, which will put immigration front and center in the national discourse.

I think this is good news for Democrats in what could be a perfect storm. Arizona just put the tempest in the tea pot!

4/23/2010 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Observer is right.

This is pouring gasoline on a fire.

4/23/2010 10:04 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

Chris Matthews did a pretty good job last night summarizing the immigration debacle, and the fundamental log jam is the obstinacy of the right regarding those who are already here. X4mr is spot on now as he was two or three years ago. Strict border enforcement is not the issue. We can all get behind that, as STRIVE did. Where everything falls apart is addressing the people that have been here for 5, 10, 15 or more years, and 15 million is probably a fair estimate. Some say it could be much lower, even below 10 million. Others say over 20 million.

The notion of a 15 fold Operation Wetback is so ludicrous and stupid, but that appears to be what those on the right want to do. The truth is that they are in denial that the solution must provide something workable for this population, which they refuse to address. Giffords had the courage not only to support STRIVE, but to co-sponsor it.

Paton's bashing Giffords about STRIVE may or may not be good politics. In this tea frenzied environment, I think the impending exchanges and ads will make all minority votes Giffords for the taking. Her campaign needs to figure out a way to get out the young, female, and minority voters. Her campaign should duly note his voting for SB 1070.

By the way, just for academic sake, "tempest in a tea pot" means much ado about nothing, but nice try. As x4mr's earlier posts speculate, perhaps the tea party movement in the end will be a tempest in a tea pot.

Immigration reform is not.

4/24/2010 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Robish said...

There needs to be a clear and achievable path to citizenship for those who want to be law-abiding, tax-paying, productive American citizens, and who simply want a better life for themselves and their families.

It's sadly ironic that the segment of the population that sees itself as more patriotic than the rest of us wants to deny so many people the chance to live the American Dream.

Also sadly ironic, is that the segment of the population that casts itself as more supportive of law-and-order is the one that continually defies the wishes of actual law enforcement personnel, who do NOT want to see everyone be able to carry a concealed weapon wherever and whenever they choose, and do NOT want to be distracted from their law enforcement responsibilities by new legal demands that they act as immigration officers, border patrol agents, and Big Brother.

4/24/2010 10:43 AM  
Anonymous New Visitor said...

This is my first time here, and I've just spent some time reading quite a few stories/comments, and this is an intelligent blog. Imagine actually understanding (and linking to solid information about) the Strive Act of 2007 when discussing immigration. At the prior story about the Tea movement, commenter Liza quoted Noam Chomsky and posted a video that just about says it all.

I consider myself rather educated and informed, and I know a lot about immigration and economics. Robish and Navigator and “x4mr” (curious about the story behind that name, since his real name is at the profile) are “spot on” about the undocumented worker infrastructure inside the United States economy. What has not been said (at this story) is that these are an exploited people far more than a free loading people. That they are a drag on the USA, clogging its prisons and hospitals and schools without paying taxes, is pure nonsense. If you want to know more consider the data at

What x4mr says about the Strive legislation is correct. I don't know much about Gabrielle Giffords or Jonathan Paton, but if Giffords co-sponsored Strive, and Paton is against it, then a vote for Giffords is the best vote. Strive provides for strict border enforcement and prescribes a rigorous but fair program where decent, working people can be effectively legitimized and integrated into society. It is anything but “free amnesty for criminals.” Given the full circumstances of this challenging issue, Strive is excellent legislation. Opposition to it, and the animosity and hatred towards undocumented workers, are rooted in the same racism we see in the Tea movement.

On another note, I've added about 15 movies to my Netflix queue. Thanks.

4/24/2010 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

The Center for American Progress has a March 2010 report that puts the number at 10.8 million. The fact is that we don't know the real number. Using that number, their analysis says that if we implement a massive deportation effort, it would cost $285 billion dollars over five years.

Startup $200 billion:
-Apprehension $158 billion
-Detention $29 billion
-Procession $7 billion
-Transportation $ 6 billion

Ongoing over 5 years: $85 billion

If you are serious about understanding the issue and really being able to discuss solutions, this solutions paper is excellent.

The key components are:

Earned Legalization
Employment Verification
Future Flow
Naturalization and Citizenship

When it comes to real immigration reform, Jonathan Paton doesn't know jack and is talking out his ass.

4/25/2010 10:33 AM  

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