Arizona is all about innovation and setting new standards. They’re on the path to becoming the first U.S. state to completely whitewash itself since “racism ended” with the election of President Obama.
First, they pass that immigration bill. Fine, economic recession, blame it on immigrants, not like it’s the first time. Then they forbid people with accents from teaching English. Okay…but I hope someone tells the English that they have accents. Then they outlaw Ethnic Studies. Well then, no lesson plans on Kiwi and Bambu for you University of Phoenix! NOW…they’re going after children…who are constitutionally protected by law!!!
Wow Arizona. Attacking citizens who don’t even have the right to vote you out. Very brave of you.
But I guess it matches up with everything you’ve been doing. Why have Ethnic Studies when you’ve kicked out all the colored kids?
All the other anti-non-white people measures they’ve taken are facing constitutionality battles (though they should be no brainers). This new assault is so clear-cut that newly naturalized U.S. citizens who just completed their citizenship tests (thus, know more about this country than 90% of these so-called “real Americans”) know that this law is unconstitutional and has no chance of sticking. The worst part? The Arizona lawmakers who proposed it KNOW THAT! But they’re doing it anyway. Why? Because apparently in grade school:
1) they were the kids who did something wrong, knew they did something wrong
2) had the teachers tell them they were wrong
3) had all the other kids tell them they were wrong
4) but still made a scene during class about how they were still right
I hope anyone who knows me and/or reads my blog understands the moral and legal lines Arizona is crossing at the moment.
Morally, do we really need to punish and blame children, especially when they had no say on where they were born? Legally, do we have the authority to deport U.S. FUCKING CITIZENS!?!?!?
I used to believe that being a U.S. citizen meant something. That as the son of immigrants who busted their asses to get here, that blue passport was fought for with blood, sweat, tears, and other bodily fluids by my parents and everyone else who are just trying to survive in this messed up world. But I’ve slowly understood that unless you look like the “ideal” American, your rights are not quite as guaranteed as that constitution thing they keep telling you about, promises. This is something that white Americans can’t completely understand (from our perspective). Which is why things like Ethnic Studies is important in closing that gap (ironic in this situation, but not really).
Arizona seems to love going after those who can’t defend themselves. First undocumented immigrants. Then immigrants who have to deal with the societal stigma of having accents. Then teachers and other educators who get paid next to nothing anyway. Now children. Who’s next? Disabled people? The elderly? The guy down the street with no arms?
Now that Arizona is on that road to racial purity, we can only place bets on what they’ll do next. My money is banning languages other than English from being spoken in public. Or interracial marriages being banned ala the Nuremburg Laws.
Looks like Hitler was 80 years too early.
P.S.: If I ever hear the term “anchor baby” used in my vicinity, I’m kicking you in the face.
“Anchor babies” isn’t a very endearing term, but in Arizona those are the words being used to tag children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants. While not new, the term is increasingly part of the local vernacular because the primary authors of the nation’s toughest and most controversial immigration law are targeting these tots – the legal weights that anchor many undocumented aliens in the U.S. – for their next move.
Buoyed by recent public opinion polls suggesting they’re on the right track with illegal immigration, Arizona Republicans will likely introduce legislation this fall that would deny birth certificates to children born in Arizona – and thus American citizens according to the U.S. Constitution – to parents who are not legal U.S. citizens. The law largely is the brainchild of state Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican whose suburban district, Mesa, is considered the conservative bastion of the Phoenix political scene. He is a leading architect of the Arizona law that sparked outrage throughout the country: Senate Bill 1070, which allows law enforcement officers to ask about someone’s immigration status during a traffic stop, detainment or arrest if reasonable suspicion exists – things like poor English skills, acting nervous or avoiding eye contact during a traffic stop. (See the battle for Arizona: will a border crackdown work?)
But the likely new bill is for the kids. While SB 1070 essentially requires of-age migrants to have the proper citizenship paperwork, the potential “anchor baby” bill blocks the next generation from ever being able to obtain it. The idea is to make the citizenship process so difficult that illegal immigrants pull up the “anchor” and leave. (See pictures of the Great Wall of America.)
The question is whether that would violate the U.S. Constitution. The 14th Amendment states that “all persons, born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” It was intended to provide citizenship for freed slaves and served as a final answer to the Dred Scott case, cementing the federal government’s control over citizenship.
But that was 1868. Today, Pearce says the 14th Amendment has been “hijacked” by illegal immigrants. “They use it as a wedge,” Pearce says. “This is an orchestrated effort by them to come here and have children to gain access to the great welfare state we’ve created.” Pearce says he is aware of the constitutional issues involved with the bill and vows to introduce it nevertheless. “We will write it right.” He and other Republicans in the red state Arizona point to popular sympathy: 58% of Americans polled by Rasmussen think illegal immigrants whose children are born here should not receive citizenship; support for that stance is 76% among Republicans.
Those who oppose the bill say it would lead to more discrimination and divide the community. Among them is Phoenix resident Susan Vie, who is leading a citizen group that’s behind an opposing ballot initiative. She moved to the U.S. 30 years ago from Argentina, became a naturalized citizen and now works as a client-relations representative for a vaccine company. “I see a lot of hate and racism behind it,” Vie says. “Consequently, I believe it will create – and it’s creating it now – a separation in our society.” She adds, “When people look at me, they will think, ‘Is she legal or illegal?’ I can already feel it right now.” Vie’s citizen initiative would prohibit SB 1070 from taking affect, place a three-year moratorium on all related laws – including the anchor baby bill – to buy more time for federal immigration reform. Her group is racing to collect 153,365 signatures by July 1 to qualify for the Nov. 2 general election.
Both sides expect the anchor baby bill to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court before it is enacted. “I think it would be struck down as facially unconstitutional. I can’t imagine a federal judge saying this would be OK,” says Dan Barr, a longtime Phoenix lawyer and constitutional litigator. Potentially joining the anchor baby bill at the Supreme Court may be SB 1070, which Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed into law in April. It is set to take effect July 29, but at least five courtroom challenges have been filed against it. Pearce says he will win them all.
View this article on Time.com