Monday, June 14, 2010

A National Insecurity Issue

It’s a complex issue... - Rep. Duncan Hunter on immigration
This is a National Security issue. It’s not complicated. - Rep. Duncan Hunter on immigration again

This is pretty much sums up the perception of so-called "anchor babies" among the right wing. In fact, I found this particular lead image in the comment section of Free Republic.

Russell Pearce, the Republican bigot who spearheaded the abominable SB 1070, is about to unveil his newest abomination and this time time they're going after A) children and B) children who are legal US citizens.

And, as with its granddaddy SB 1070, this bill would try to usurp the federal government's power by choosing to ignore the 14th amendment that grants citizenship to all who are born on US soil.

This isn't a new trend or idea. At least as far back as April of this year, Congressmen like Duncan Hunter openly advocated stripping children of their US citizenship and deporting them with their parents. In fact, Hunter told a crowd of fellow right wing fanatics that something like this ought to be started in Arizona.

Looks like he's getting his wish. And SB 1070 is already working wonders for the Republican Party a month before it goes into effect: Not only has it made Gov. Jan Brewer the fair-haired Crypt Keeper of the state GOP, it's also resulted in a mass exodus of Mexican Americans both legal and otherwise who are sickened and frightened by what Arizona's turning into. But as with anything else in life, the self-imposed deportation is a two-edged sword: Not only are they taking reliably Democratic votes with them, they're also taking their hard-earned money.

Some Arizona businesses are reporting a 75% drop in revenue since the exodus began. Yet, despite the immediate negative impact on the state's economy, the sunburned white people of Arizona are tickled pink that the state's being left to those who stole it from Mexico.

This is what happens when people give the right wing an unchallenged inch. They then grab a yard. With the return of Nazi Germany with SB 1070 now this bill that seeks to ignore the 14th amendment, Arizona is showing signs of wanting to secede from the Union by ignoring the Constitution that seeks to protect all its citizens.

Of course, a more humane alternative to stripping citizenship and enforced deportation is to put these parents on the fast track to citizenship since their American-born children "anchor" them to our country in the longterm. After all, it would be interesting to see how many ancestors of today's right wing gained their citizenship through the same 14th amendment they'd love to abolish. But then again, no one ever accused the right wing of being humane.

Now even the definition of citizenship is up for grabs and the people doing the grabbing is the radical wing of the Arizona Republican Party. And with SB 1070 and this proposed legislation, the gap separating these Hispanics from concentration camps is getting narrower.


At June 14, 2010 at 7:48 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

The only visible difference between the photo attached of Sheriff Joe 'Gestapo' Arapio and Nazi concentration camp residents of the 1930s is that the Nazi's prison uniform stripes were vertical.

At June 15, 2010 at 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hysteria rules,,,the 14th amendment was written to give citizenship to newly freed slaves who were being denied access to the ballot by southern politicians claiming that they were not citizens.

At June 15, 2010 at 7:58 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said... the TIME article reminds us.

And what's the real reason for SB 1070 again...?

At June 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM, Blogger William N. Grigg said...

Russell Pearce is an ambulatory wad of congealed malice. The same is true of Arpaio, of course. The chief difference is that Arpaio is a cynical, opportunistic careerist who re-tooled himself as an anti-immigrant zealot for political gain -- and Pearce is a True Believer. He is utterly monomaniacal where the "Brown Peril" is concerned.

A few years ago, Pearce proposed legislation that would have denied marriage licenses to those unable to provide proof of citizenship -- including, as it happens, foreign nationals legally residing in Arizona. He has candidly admitted that his campaign against "anchor babies" is an effort to intimidate mothers. Like the Brownshirts whose company he keeps, Pearce won't be satisfied until Arizona enacts an updated version of the Nuremberg Laws.

Pearce's politics are as brown as the malodorous stuff that fills the space where his gray matter should be.

At June 16, 2010 at 1:12 AM, Blogger andrea said...

Duncan Hunter is my congressman. It's so depressing.

At June 16, 2010 at 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's only yours if you claim him. He may be the elected official, but he's not YOUR representative.

Unfortunately, you HAVE NO representative in this instance.

Ms Wilberforce


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