By Jesse Marx
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By CP Staff
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wasn't merely skeptical; he appeared contemptuous of the Justice Department's argument trying to stop Arizona's cops from deporting undocumented Mexicans.
"But if, in fact, somebody who does not belong in this country is in Arizona, Arizona has no power?" asked the incredulous Scalia. "...Are you objecting to harassing the — the people who have no business being here? Surely you're not concerned about harassing them?"
Nor did Scalia suffer cara de culo alone.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts concluded an observation by noting, "It seems to me that the federal government just doesn't want to know who's here illegally or not."
With these comments the United States Supreme Court signaled that its expected ruling this month will, in significant part, validate Arizona's Senate Bill 1070.
If that happens, being brown will permit cops across America to ask: Which brown are you?
A journalist I work with, Monica Alonzo, grew up on the hardscrabble west side of Phoenix with brown skin.
Although she was an American, something as simple as stopping to fill her gas tank could prompt a cruel refrain: "Go back to Mexico."
She remembers the white school board members who voted themselves out of paying taxes to support the mostly Latino school in the town of El Mirage. Her cousin was routinely pulled over when he ventured into a neighboring white community.
But these are memories, not complaints. This treatment did not stop Monica Alonzo. She made herself into an award-winning investigative reporter.
Today, she buys gas where she chooses.
She put the petty meanness behind her and made something of herself.
But SB 1070 changed everything.
In Arizona, brown people, citizen and immigrant, must now prove their papers are in order. We sic badges and dogs on people of color. Sheriff Joe Arpaio's men wear ski masks and arm themselves with automatic weapons to stop Mexicans with cracked windshields. Families are separated, with parents deported and children left to fend for themselves. Those who remain are terrorized.
After one Arpaio sweep through the town of Guadalupe, children were too frightened to attend their Catholic confirmation lest relatives be arrested.
Like the pre-Civil War era of free and slave states, America is about to divide along color lines.
Six states already have a version of Arizona's bill and are awaiting the ruling for implementation. In all, 16 states filed amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to support SB 1070.
Where once we depended upon the federal government to protect minorities from firehoses and segregated schoolhouses named Booker T. Washington or George Washington Carver, this month the Supreme Court is poised to tell us how far local cops can go to detain brown people.
As if the federal government hasn't gone far enough.
In fact, President Obama has deported 1.5 million Latinos, more than any president. Such a massive displacement of humanity does not come without brutality.
In the first six months of 2011, 46,000 mothers and fathers were shipped back to Mexico and left their children in America. And more than 20,000 other parents were ordered out but have yet to depart. Roughly 22 percent of all deportees were forced to abandon children — children who are American citizens.
What SB 1070 does is criminalize the undocumented. The law forces all police officers to ascertain a person's immigration status whenever a cop interacts with a brown person. Lights on a license plate too dim? A call about domestic violence? If an officer harbors any suspicion, he or she must ask for proof of citizenship. And if a cop doesn't do that, any citizen can sue the cop for not taking deportation seriously. To protect against lawsuits, the cautious cop must question all Latinos.
The stated purpose of SB 1070 is "attrition through enforcement," a chillingly efficient phrase.
How does the cop on the beat tell a Mexican from a Mexican-American?
And so, the 74 percent of all Latinos in America who are, in reality, U.S. citizens must be harassed about their origins. Unlike everyone else, they must carry papers.
Obama sells the roundup of brown people through a program called Secure Communities. The alternative is clear enough.
Have we forgotten that the Irish, Italians, Jews, and Cubans generated almost as many mug shots as American dreams?
Polls show that SB 1070 and similar laws in other states are supported by voters at rates between 60 to 70 percent nationally.
In states that have passed laws allowing local law enforcement to hunt the undocumented, the financial impact has been devastating.
Last August, Monica Alonzo examined labor shortages in the farm economy, where an estimated 80 percent of the workforce is undocumented.
She learned that efforts to recruit Americans to pick crops have failed abysmally.
In the late 1990s, Alonzo reported, "California launched a 'welfare to farmwork' program in the Central Valley at a time when regional unemployment was as high as 20 percent.... A massive campaign addressed training, transportation, and other obstacles to getting workers in the fields. Though there were more than 100,000 potential workers, only three jobs were filled."
Things weren't any easier in Washington state. There, "a labor shortage for the 2006 cherry harvest prompted an advertising blitz to recruit about 1,700 needed workers, particularly for the much larger apple harvest that was just around the corner. Only 40 people took jobs."
Of course I do not know what it takes to become a citizen. I am a naturally born citizen of five generations. My great great grandparents came to America via Ellis Island and entered the country LEGALLY. They came looking for work as well. I highly doubt there is any validity to your claims of it takes 40 years to become a citizen. Last year alone 694,000 people became citizens of which 94,000 were from Mexico. In the last 3 year over 260,000 came from Mexico as LEGAL citizens. Of the 694,000 in 2011 over 50% of them were younger than 40 years old but greater than 18. In fact, the average age is 39 years old of all immigrants. Seems it takes less than 40 years. In total since 2008 over 700,000 people have become citizens of the United States of America. I highly doubt ANY of them have been trying for 40 years to be naturalized. Besides the blatant violation of the immigration laws, illegals do not pay taxes on the money they earn. Then this money is transported from the USA to Mexico further hurting the local economy. All that seems to come back is guns, drugs, and more illegals. I am so overwhelmed by the POOR ME attitude that people have. My post has nothing to do with race. I am driven by the higher costs to me because of the illegal actions. My taxes have to pay for the enforcement of such laws as well as the money spent to pay for things like education and medical expenses for illegals.
I Voted for Obama. That's not going to happen again, He will not get the LATINO vote (that's for sure) He promised Green cards and all we got deport cards. I hope they pass SB1070 through out all 50 states and see who will be picking americas crops? US will be importing potatoes from Peru. If you approve of 1070, wait till you have to pay three dollars for an avocado. We are up next in the lottery, Just like black people, once slaves now millionaires,,,
Clearly you have no clue what it takes to get papers in this country - the waiting list is nearly 40 years for some immigrants who have done it the right way. It's nearly impossible to get papers the "right" way. I am an citizen married to someone "undocumented" and we have a child together. Even he CANNOT get papers and he has done nothing wrong except cross the border. Most latinos are only here to try and make some extra money to send back this money to their loved ones back home. Its the most innocent crime. When you come from a poor country all you try to do is survive and provide for your loved ones. I am so overwhelmed by uneducated comments such as these because they are so racist. Maybe you should cross the Mexican border and never come back. See how you survive...
This article is a bunch of bull. "Undocumented" illegals should be considered criminals. Get your papers in order and enter the correct way or face penalties. If people were to cross from the United States to Mexico we would be arrested for illegal boarder crossing.
Enough with the term "undocumented". These people have entered the country illegally, hence they are illegal aliens.
"In the first six months of 2011, 46,000 mothers and fathers were shipped back to Mexico and left their children in America. And more than 20,000 other parents were ordered out but have yet to depart. Roughly 22 percent of all deportees were forced to abandon children — children who are American citizens."
Be still, my bleeding heart! Who exactly is to blame for leaving minor children behind when parents are deported? We let you take your minor children with you. They can choose to return when they grow up or elect to stay with their parents. All we ask is respect of our nation and laws.
SB 1070 won't "criminalize Mexicans", but it should impact those groups, nationalities or races, by the percentage of of their contribution to the violation of US immigration system. You might consider SB 1070 to be discriminating, but discrimination against illegal aliens is allowed in employment and immigration enforcement. Don't like it? Fix the Third World. Export teachers to teach abroad, don't import illiterate students that bog down the US tax payers. Deport illegal aliens with their US education so they can carry Liberty and honesty to clean up corruption in Third World nations. The USA is a developed nation, now fix the rest of the World.
The usual open border entities are defying--THE AMERICAN PEOPLE--and are implicit in this weakening of our laws are Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder running the Department of Justice. Now we have Washington, D.C. Mayor-Vincent Gray denying the principles that govern us, signing a executive order similar to the directive in Los Angeles, that prohibits police officers from detaining foreign nationals even though it’s a mandated law, “SECURE COMMUNITIES”. All these so called politicians, the governors, Mayors and other elected political appendages of every level of government should be thrown in the street, when they are adverse to public’s will. For decades the government have repeatedly ignored, that mainstream demands was to build a secure barrier between the U.S and Mexico. There has been no real deterrent of overstays that disappear after leaving airports.
Anybody who has investigated the Democratic leadership would find they slowly weaken 287 G that gave regular police training to question suspicious people about their immigrant status? But oddly currently however the administration has mandated ‘Secure Communities’ which curbs illegal aliens who have been caught, and now subjected to fingerprinting and reviewed by Homeland Security and the ICE branch. Arizona County Sheriff Joe Ariapo was marked by radical groups as was his office; his deputies having a incredulous success until illegal immigration groups didn’t condone him apprehending not just alien criminal, but illegal aliens who have snubbed our laws in his jurisdiction.
We all must realize that BLANKET AMNESTY on the immediate horizon if Obama is returned in November to the white House. Liberals will pull out all the stops to collapse anything that smells of immigration enforcement, including the left’s politicians ignoring illegal aliens voting nationwide.
By now most business are cognizant of the federal program E-Verify? It distinguishes US citizens and legal residents from illegal labor. Although not flawless, it has a 99.6 success rate and observably will overtime become even more constructive to business that believes in the "Rule of Law." Opponents in both the business sector and even on Capitol Hill have released a torrent of abuse against the application and both parties have refused to vote on this mandated law. That includes its function to reveal counterfeit documentation and spurious ID and reject foreign workers, so American can be hired. So even if you are flagged, and eligible to work, irregularities are resolved by GOING TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE TO BE EXONERATED? ONLY ILLEGAL LABOR WILL AVOID TURNING TO SSA FOR RESOLVING THIS ISSUE.
The open border conspirators may be defeated, when the federal Supreme Court a makes a major decision this month on Arizona policing laws. It could change the outlook of all 50 states, which are observing with great scrutiny if the central government says only there power is absolute. That Arizona cannot protect its own people from unfettered movement of illegal aliens, that they must keep paying for the thieves that are stealing our sovereignty and public entitlements But as E-Verify are perfected it needs to become a permanent tool in the incomplete arsenal of immigration enforcement. It needs to reach out to every company, big and small, in our country and every individual who works there? E-Verify eventually will expel foreign national from the workplace, without financial appropriations on a large scale. These people will self-deport when they cannot be hired anymore.
Businesses will be facing huge fines and prison as the ultimate deterrent. In time it will save our ailing schools, health care, home mortgages and government welfare system. Look to NUMBERSUSA for honest an answer, that includes costs to taxpayers for the new blanket AMNESTY. Which Senators and Republicans, which Governors, Mayors and other elected officials are anti-US American Worker and immigration upgrades? Illegal Immigration, the leaking border region, chain migration, sanctuary cities will certainly be an issue before we arrive at the presidential election. Sanctuary states as California, Nevada, and New York are overwhelmed by the need for more taxes, to pay for the overload of foreign nationals.
California is already suffering from a 16 billion dollar deficit and its liberal Governor, and mostly far left assembly are already determined to siphon of more taxes, from one of the highest taxes rates in the nation. Even more dismal for the future of California is that individuals are trying to pass a state approved Amnesty, for their millions of outlaws. How more insane can this be, when they are already running a huge deficit, by giving illegal aliens welfare, food stamps, health care in the form of MediCAL, Section 8 housing and a education for their children to K-12, although this isn’t true as they are passing laws so these students can appropriate state tax payer dollars for college. Many of educated U.S. born children cannot get into college, as they cannot afford the tuition fees.
Not many Americans have comprehended that if; IF Congress passed an amendment of ‘THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL’, there wouldn’t be any more open door of instant citizenship for their children. The 400.000 children who are smuggled through entry ports would no longer qualify for instant citizenship, thereby disabling to some extent unfunded court mandates. It would not be that feasible to bring their unborn child, here unless one parent was a citizen. If enacted the ‘BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP LAW’ would end this hundred billion dollar gift certificate by the left and some Republicans. It would lower classroom size, halt the multiculturalism that is destroying our school performance and return some sanity to our laws of immigration enforcement.
As an example Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has a miserable enforcement grade of "C-". He was out to erase E-Verify, under fund the border fence from the beginning of the Democratic administration. He is also solely to blame from the earliest vote to halt the incomprehensible theft of illegal aliens stealing $4.6 billion dollars in child tax credits, when most of the children have no residence in the United States. This is bar far the most disgusting state of affairs and Congress has just woken up to the situation.
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Every American state should take a page from the state of Missouri, who denies they have any illegal aliens in their midst. The "Show Me" state has once again shown us how it should be done? There wants to be more publicity and disclosure concerning what Missouri has done; so, let's pass this around the country. Incidentally, Missouri is not running a deficit as with California, Nevada and other pro-illegal immigration states?
In 2007, Missouri placed on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the official language of Missouri.
In November, 2008, nearly 90% voted in favor! Thus, English became the official language for ALL governmental activity in Missouri. And so NO individual has the right to demand government services in a language OTHER than English.
In 2008, a measure was approved requiring the Missouri Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials to validate the immigration status of all person arrested, inform the federal authorities if the person is found to be in Missouri illegally. Missouri law enforcement officers receive specific training with respect to enforcement of federal immigration laws.
In Missouri, illegal immigrants do NOT have admittance to taxpayer’s benefits such as food stamps and health care through the state’s Health net. In 2009, a measure was passed that ensures Missouri’s public institutions of higher education do NOT award financial aid to individuals who are illegally in the United States.
In Missouri, all post-secondary institutions of higher education are required to annually certify to the Missouri Dept. of Higher Education that they have NOT consciously awarded financial aid to students who are unlawfully present in the United States.
So, while Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, South Carolina, Florida has made national news for policing laws, it is important to remember, Missouri has been far more proactive in addressing this inexplicable issue - but on a step-by-step basis. States as Florida are waiting on the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s cry for help, from their crippling financial immigration occupation?
The state of Missouri has made it clear that illegal immigrants are NOT welcome in the state and they will certainly NOT receive public benefits at the expense of Missouri taxpayers.