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Boycott Over Immigration Threatens Economy, Jobs:
Tim King Salem-News.com
Arizona's severely unpopular new law that makes local cops responsible for detecting and arresting illegal immigrants, runs against the grain of everything the nation was founded on.
(LOS ANGELES) - "Tear Down the Wall" is the chant being heard by increasing numbers of Americans, as the U.S./Mexico border comes increasingly into view as a modern day Berlin Wall.
But nothing, absolutely nothing, has stirred emotions like Arizona's new criminal profiling law. They say police in a state that borders a Hispanic nation can somehow distinguish between "illegal" immigrants, without relying on the color of their skin. I wasn't born yesterday, were you?
Arizona's Governor, Jan Brewer (R) said the charges that the law will lead to profiling are "just pure rhetoric".
Brewer added, "I find it really interesting that we have people out there that are attempting a boycott in favor of illegal actions in Arizona. That to me is just unbelievable."
There are issues in a supposedly free country when it comes to orchestrating laws like this; many see it as purely racist and say no law or wall or fence or gun will ever prevent the crossing of the U.S. border. I agree completely.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, said he would approve the Arizona business boycott that LA City Councilors passed 13 to 1 today.
Gee Gov. Brewer, seems your view of this as an "attempt" at a boycott may have been a great underestimation. Los Angeles states they will not conduct business or establish any new contracts with Arizona businesses, unless the highly contested immigration law is repealed.
Councilman Ed Reyes told the LA Times, "As an American I can not go to Arizona today without a passport. If I come across an officer who's having a bad day, and feels that the picture on my ID is not me, I can be... deported, no questions asked. That is not American."
This is a move that has the potential to affect at least $8 million in contracts with Arizona. One interesting twist, is that the Taser company, which Salem-News.com has seriously tangled with in the past over stories of wrongful death lawsuits, stands to take a big hit over this move. Talk about a win-win situation.
The quote of one particular statesman, Che Guevara, oddly, seems to underscore the notion of freedom in ways that are seldom seen in the USA. "If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine."
Arizona is the closest thing the U.S. has to a police state as it is, I think every third person in Arizona is either in law enforcement or related to someone who is. I have seen them on the Interstate, very recently in fact, in droves!
No state needs as many police as Arizona. Police are a lost lot for the most part in America anyway; they enforce laws to raise government revenue, and to ensure that insurance companies are being paid. They arrest people who possess a plant that God placed on the earth, marijuana, and they beat the holy living sh*t out of preachers who won't bend over to their fascist will at Border Patrol checkpoints.
Americans are in general, a mixed lot. There are plenty of racists; to the point that the loser states in the south still emblazon the crappy confederate battle flag into their state symbols. When you think about it, that is exactly like former German Nazi states retaining the swastika as a "symbol of our history". Oh well, the Germans have their dark history, but seem to have some idea of what the word "recovery" means.
Arpaio & Arizona's Abu Ghraib
Let's talk about Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
His idea of justice is making male inmates wear pink underwear. First, everyone in jail is not a convict, stupid! Second, we all know that hate and blame get people a long way. That is the story of Hitler and Limbaugh and Savage and Beck. They exploit the weakest aspects of their audience's psyche and go for blood, scaring weak, sheeplike people half to death with the crap their producers drum up.
But the worst thing about Arpaio and his jail in Phoenix that I knew about, was the series of sponsored Webcams that he had his people set up years ago throughout the cell areas, and in the women's bathroom areas. I worked for KVVU FOX-5 in Las Vegas (Henderson) Nevada until 2001, and it was right around that time that we pulled up those Webcams. Tent cities, pink underwear, bathroom jail Internet cameras. I don't think Arpaio could even spell the word dignity.
So this is the mindset of the folks we're talking about. I lived in Yuma, Arizona and worked for their NBC affiliate, KYMA, from 1995 to 1997. I saw plenty of Arizona, I was there when the Yuma County deputy, Jack Ray Hudson, out of his mind from being an undercover cop on meth, murdered two senior police officers who caught him in the act of stealing evidence. What a tragic mess!
What is to be expected by people who vote for the Bushes and McCains of the world? The big corporate business supporters, the oil families, etc.; they are the recipients of GOP kindness.
These people "only know what they know" and the danger is ever-present. The staunchest Republican supporters are the last we will ever reach. Of course in Arizona, they think John McCain "is a damned liberal" too.
There are good people in Arizona, bad people, and the middle ground; good people who are brainwashed into accepting racial profiling. This is sad.
Another huge aspect of what is taking place, is the United State's continual position of keeping the Mexican drug cartels in business. The U.S. is tired of the term 'Drug War' and maybe that is because a real drug war is taking place in Mexico that threatens places like... of course, Arizona. This new immigration law has greatly strained relations between the U.S. and Mexico, and some progress had been made.
Even Mexico decriminalized possession of small amounts of drugs, but the U.S., just yesterday, announced its new direction with regard to a national drug policy, and while it makes concessions for medical marijuana users and state control over its own laws, it keeps marijuana in a place where its illegality fuels crime, rather than letting this nation share in the billions and billions of dollars in annual revenue.
I have been putting together plans for a television program that would go right to the heart of criminal and racial profiling. That may have to come off the drawing board soon.
Here is a copy of the bill: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070p.htm
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: email@example.com