Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Arizona AB1070

The text of the bill is available online.

This article by JJ Hensley, How migrant law will affect Arizonans Arizona Republic 04/22/10, provides a nothing to see here, move right along version of the law's provisions. It's contradicted by the story of the couple in this report about an incident just before the Arizona Governor signed the new stop-and-search-the-brown-people law: Truck driver forced to show birth certificate claims racial-profiling AZFamily.com 04/21/10.

Jon Stewart in his skewering of SB 1070 also mentioned that the law had a provision allowing US citizens to decline to provide documents, which is a little different from the claim in the Hensley article that someone could satisfy the law's requirement by simply stating to the police that they were a US citizen. But I don't see either in the text of the law.

Momentum is building for a boycott of Arizona, as in this editorial from the Los Angeles Latino paper La Opinión: Diga NO a Arizona 04/24/10, English version Say ‘No’ to Arizona.

The Arizona stop-and-search-all-the-brown-people law isn't likely to make Latino voters friendlier toward the Republicans. But they're also not as likely to be as tolerant of the Obama administration jerking them around on comprehensive immigration reform as Anglo liberals were on being jacked around over the public option. What is it going to take for the Democrats to just get totally fed up with being rolled by smarmy old white guys like Mitch McConnell and nasty little characters like Lindsay Graham?

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