Arizona

Deporting US Citizens ... In The Name Of Compassion

An effort is underway in Arizona to extend the state's draconian anti-immigration laws even further by challenging the 14th Amendment's language "all persons born ... in the United States ... are citizens of the United States."

That would no longer be the case if Sen. Russell Pearce has his way

The author of Arizona’s controversial immigration law is considering a new proposal that would block the children of illegal immigrants from becoming citizens if they are born in the United States.

Critics of the bill Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce is weighing say it would fly in the face of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants citizenship to anyone born within the country.

Pearce has been hinting for months that he may introduce legislation targeting so-called “anchor babies” but had not detailed his plan until an interview last week with Time magazine.

“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 said of Hispanic immigrants.

Pearce contended that the bill would not violate the 14th Amendment, saying only that “we would write it right.”

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is already on board:

In an interview with KGUN9 News on the eve of the hearing, Governor Brewer's message was clear: if you're here illegally, go back home. Her answer does not change in the case of families who might be separated by deportation or repatriation. Brewer said, "It is illegal to trespass into our country. It has always been illegal. And people have determined they want to take that chance, that responsibility.... They made a decision. And you pay those consequences, unfortunately."

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She told KGUN9 News, "It won't tear families apart. They can take their children back with them."

And so if the AFA's Bryan Fischer, who advocates deporting entire families if one of them is here illegally as a sign of "genuine compassion"

Members of the pro-family movement must agree. We believe in the importance of the family in general and in the importance of intact families in particular. In the name of genuine compassion, we should oppose breaking up families in the enforcement of immigration law.

Thus our repatriation policy should be to send entire families back to their land of origin if any one of them is in criminal violation of our immigration law.

If a family has a member who is here legally, and the family decides to leave him (generic use) here while the rest return to their homeland, that's their decision. They, and not the U.S. government, would be breaking up their own family. We would not be doing it to them, they would be doing it to themselves.

Americans who support both the rule of law and the importance of the family will be happy to hear that Gov. Jan Brewer agrees with them. Good for her.

So if a child was born in the United States to parents who are here illegally, they ought to be deported right along with them, even though they are US citizens ... all in the name of compassion. 

Right Wing Round-Up

  • SF Weekly: Federal law gives gay citizens with foreign partners tough choices: Leave the U.S.A. Lose your love. Break the law.
  • Mother Jones: Nevada Tea Partier's Memory Hole.
  • David Neiwert: Arizona's immigration battle becomes a major nexus for white supremacists and the 'mainstream'.
  • Warren Throckmorton: More on Bryan Fischer’s theories about homosexuality and the Nazis.
  • Think Progress: Hot mic catches Fiorina dissing Hannity: ‘Very bad choice’ to go on his show.
  • Media Matters: Savage: "Most" Jewish people killed in the Holocaust "went like sheep to the slaughter".

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW President Michael B. Keegan: A New Debate on the Court and the Constitution.
  • Think Progress: Defending Raghead Comment, South Carolina State Senator Says ‘We’re At War’ With Foreign Countries.
  • Ezra Klein: The concerned speed-readers of America.
  • Sarah Posner: Scott Roeder's Religion.
  • Good As You: Only 13 groups have the SPLC's 'anti-gay hate group' label. Here's NOM applauding one of them...
  • The Advocate: OK City Pol Likens Gays to Pedophiles.
  • Phoenix New Times: Chris Simcox Allegedly Threatened To Kill Family and Cops, According To Wife's Order of Protection.
  • Andy Birkey: Bachmann’s Christian counseling clinic receives state funds.
  • Joe.My.God: Florida AG Bill McCollum Hired Dr. George Rekers Against The Advice Of Own Staff.
  • David Neiwert: Foxheads freak out when Rep. Linda Sanchez points out the white supremacists lurking behind Arizona's immigration law.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • A new political organization is being launched in Louisiana called the Christian Party which will focus on applying the teachings of Jesus Christ to the political process.
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann loves the media ... just not the "mainstream media" where they ask her questions and stuff.
  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer continues to blame everyone else for mistakenly thinking that her claim that her father “died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany” meant that her father had died fighting the Nazis in Germany.
  • Al Mohler warns that if Don't Ask, Don't Tell is repealed, it will destroy religious freedom and fundamentally remake American society.
  • The AFA's Bryan Fischer succinctly explains the situation in Israel: "The real tragedy here is Islam. Islam inspired the deadly confrontation which led to the deaths of 10 hate-boat workers. Islam with its implacable, mindless and demonic hatred of Jews and Israel is to blame."
  • Finally, the quote of the day from the Family Research Council on President Obama declaring June to be Gay Pride Month (aka "sexual deviance month"): "President Obama took it a step further and added 'bisexuals' and 'transgenders' to the list. In fact, he called on 'every America' to spend the month celebrating their movement--a movement dedicated to destroying marriage, free speech, public health, religious liberty, and (after the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal) national security."

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Ten Commandments judge Roy Moore finished fourth in Alabama's Republican primary for Governor.
  • Anti-gay Utah State Sen. Chris Buttars had heart surgery, but expects to return to work after the summer.
  • CBN's David Brody profiles Andrew Breitbart.
  • BOND's Jesse Lee Peterson was tossed out of a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting for protesting the Board's decision to boycott Arizona over the state's immigration law.
  • Randall Terry reports that his television program is being picked up by more carriers.
  • Why does Politico keep giving Gary Bauer space to place these sorts of moronic op-eds?
  • CWA's Penny Nance calls investigative reporter Joe McGinniss, who moved in next to Sarah Palin, a "peeping tom."
  • Finally, if you are going to claim that your father "died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany," it is your fault when people mistakenly think you meant he died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany instead of ten years after World War II ended in California.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW Statement: Senator Cornyn Exposes Right’s Hypocrisy on Judicial Philosophy.
  • Justin Elliot: Souder: I'm Happy That Abstinence Vid With Mistress Now Defines Me.
  • Will Bunch: Beck pushes distorted view of George Washington's Christianity to No. 1.
  • Wonk Room: Tony Perkins: ‘If You Want A Military That Just Does Parades,’ Allow Gays To Openly Serve.
  • Zachary Roth: Far-Right Extremists Gather At 'Liberty Convention'.
  • Crooks and Liars: Sarah Palin attacks Maddow for doing her job and says Rachel was 'prejudiced' against Rand Paul.
  • Raw Story: Arizona governor defends harsh immigration law with frog puppet.
  • Jim Burroway: Scott Lively Initiates Renewed Push To Pass Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Gary Bauer wants it known that Democrats who cite the Bible are complete phonies and fake Christians.
  • Gary Bauer's wife wants it known that expecting the End Days to come soon is no reason to disengage from politics.
  • Richard Viguerie boldly declares that "recent election defeats of establishment Republicans means congressional Republican leadership will develop backbone, especially in the Senate, and aggressively challenge the entirety of the Democratic agenda ... [and will] now much more aggressively fight Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court."
  • Cliff Kincaid goes after Rand Paul for his libertarianism.
  • Note to the Associated Press, CAIR "considers" Pamela Geller to be anti-Islamic because Geller is rabidly anti-Islamic. It's not a matter of interpretation; it's a simple fact.
  • Finally, Bryan Fischer declares that Jesus Christ would not only support Arizona's draconian immigration law, but would "sign it so fast it'd give you a nosebleed" if he was the Governor.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Zachary Roth: Tea Party Leader: Allah Is 'Monkey God'.
  • Alan Colmes: Arizona Official Threatens To Shut Off Power To California As Payback For Boycott.
  • David Weigel: Running down the other big GOP primaries.
  • Kevin Drum: Rand Paul, More Than Just Another Nutcase.
  • Steve Benen: The Bart Simpsons of Congress.
  • Finally, Michael Kinsley asks whether Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia can be impartial of if he "is an extremist advocate of the so-called 'Nine Children Agenda.'"

"ALIPAC Withdraws From AZ Rallies Over Nazi Groups & Tancredo"

That is the title of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC's most recent email announcing that it is "withdrawing support for any rallies in Arizona in June to support SB 1070 due to the discovery of racist group involvement and the actions of former Congressman Tom Tancredo".

ALIPAC says they are dropping out because, as One People's Project established, the event is being organized by Dan Smeriglio of Voice of The People USA, who has been "working with skin heads and Nazis":

The video and screen shots of Dan Smeriglio's Facebook account indicates that he has willingly been working with members or racist skin head groups long after he knew their identities and politics. In fact, Dan's Facebook profile, which remains his main way of broadcasting a rally for June 5, promoted one of Europe's most popular neo-Nazi rock groups until a few days ago.

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Unfortunately, our plans to get the skinheads out and away from the Phoenix effort was thwarted, when retired Congressman Tom Tancredo, who had self titled himself as the 'key note speaker' at the June 5 event started telling leaders and candidates to come back to the June 5 rally. Tancredo even claimed that ALIPAC's concerns about Dan Smeriglio were false, when he had not reviewed the video and screen shots which we find to be fairly conclusive.

Some fine folks in Arizona took action at the end of last week and assured us that Dan Smeriglio's involvement was being completely removed from the June 5 rally and that we would have no more difficulties from Tom Tancredo.

Unfortunately, we found out yesterday that Dan Smeriglio is still involved with the Facebook effort to support the June 5 event, even though the neo-Nazi rock group and friends and their comments have been sanitized from his Facebook pages. We also found out that Tom Tancredo is continuing to try and persuade leaders to abandon the June 12 event for the 5th event.

ALIPAC will not work with any group or event that is working with or supportive of neo-Nazis or anyone working with them. We do not feel comfortable asking our national network to travel into Arizona at great expense to attend an event that Tom Tancredo is attempting to undermine.

 

Right Wing Leftovers

  • The ACLJ calls Arizona's anti-immigration law "sound and constitutional" and "plans to file an amicus brief in support of defending the law."
  • The Family Research Council says there is only one option for Obamacare: Repeal!
  • On a related note, groups that fought abortion coverage in health care reform are now using a provision in the bill to try and limit abortion coverage by private insurers.
  • Along with Fred Barnes, Marco Rubio addressed the Florida Family Policy Council dinner, which also honored Don Wildmon of the American Family Association.
  • Bill Donohue has gotten into a tiff with the National Catholic Reporter, which called him "a buffoonish bully, a carnival barker posing as a defender of the faith."
  • Finally, the quote of the day from Focus on the Family's Glenn Stanton lamenting the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill:  "The arrival of the Pill was supposed to have Andromeda unleashed from her chains, as its proponents told she would be. But maybe the proper analogy is not woman becoming unfettered from the chains of her biology, but rather her trading the God-given power of her femininity for the lie of thinking she will find happiness if she approaches sexuality more like a man."

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Tapped: Arizona Governor Signs Bill Banning Ethnic Studies.
  • Crooks and Liars: Buchanan: Obama 'Dummied Down' Supreme Court by Giving Appointments to People Who Are Not the Best and Brightest.
  • Steve Benen: GOP Reconsiders The Importance of Empathy.
  • TPM: Perpetual Money Machine: Conservative PAC Raises Millions In Order To Raise More Millions.
  • Joe.My.God: George Rekers: I Am Getting Spiritual Counseling For My Weaknesses.
  • Towleroad: Laura Bush on Marriage — Gay Couples 'Should Have the Same Rights' as Everyone Else.
  • Alan Colmes: SC Luv Guv Back With Argentine Mistress.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Religious Right leaders Mat Staver, Richard Land, and Samuel Rodriguez are poised to try and sell some form of immigration reform to their allies on the Right who vehemently oppose it.
  • Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, and Dr. Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission will honor two men "who lost their life in the line of Christian duty" this weekend, even though local authorities say there is no evidence that the crime had anything to do with religion.
  • In the latest craziness from WorldNetDaily, the website reports that a "purported communist activist [claims] he served as political mentor to President Obama's Senior Adviser David Axelrod."
  • I always assumed that LifeNews.com was a news website, not a political organization.  But I guess I was wrong, seeing as it is sponsoring both I Oppose Kagan and Stop Kagan.
  • Finally, the stupidity of ALIPAC seemingly knows no bounds as the group claims that Fox is trying to prevent people from seeing the trailer to the upcoming film "Machete." You can see the trailer here.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Joe.My.God: Iowa Sen. Merlin Bart: Gay Families Don't Deserve To Use State Parks.
  • Mother Jones: The Man Behind Arizona’s Immigration Law.
  • News Hounds: Sarah Palin Lectures Fox News Viewers: Our Constitution Creates Law Based On The God Of The Bible And The Ten Commandments.
  • Crooks and Liars: Head of the St. Louis Tea Party vows to "destroy the left".
  • Texas Freedom Network: Mind Meld at Liberty Institute?
  • Think Progress: The ‘Woodstock’ of Tea Parties planned for 9/11 anniversary.
  • Good As You: The state of NY (by way of CT) happens to disagree.
  • David Weigel: Anti-gay activist Ryan Sorba angles for CNN special.
  • Adam Serwer: Ed Whelan Compares Elena Kagan To A Prostitute.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Americans United: Mat Staver, Closet Separationist: Falwell Lawyer Says Religious Groups Should Not Take Federal Funds.
  • Eric Lach: Iowa GOPer: When I Said Let's Microchip Illegal Immigrants, I Wasn't Advocating It.
  • Wonk Room: Email From Author Of Arizona Law Reveals Intent To Cast Wide Net Against Latinos.
  • Crooks and Liars: Maddow Eviscerates President of the Federation for American Immigration Reform Dan Stein.
  • Think Progress: Arizona Expands Its Discrimination: Teachers With Heavy Accents Can’t Teach English, Ethnic Studies Are Banned.
  • David Weigel: Why Republicans aren't signing the Contract From America.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Cliff Kincaid's America's Survival, Inc has released a "new blockbuster report argues that the admission of open and active homosexuals into the U.S. Armed Forces threatens the lives of our service personnel."
  • The vice-president of the American Family Association of Kentucky, John Brewer, is among the candidates in the Republican primary for the 28th Kentucky House seat.
  • Guess what?  The AFA's Bryan Fischer thinks Arizona's new immigration law is great.  Who ever would have imagined?
  • Ken Cuccinelli "has demanded that the University of Virginia turn over documents related to a former UVa climatology professor at the center of the so-called 'climategate' scandal."
  • Exciting: "Fox News personality and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is in Nashville to record a music project with various country artists. A source close to the sessions, who declined to provide any other details, said it will probably be officially announced in June in conjunction with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Nashville."
  • Finally, the quote of the day from the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, hailing Rep. Jack Kingston's call for a Congressional investigation into why Perkins and Franklin Graham saw their speaking invitations withdrawn: "I join Congressman Kingston in his call for a thorough Congressional investigation, which will hopefully put a stop to this Administration's efforts to compel the military to do its political bidding. DOD should stand for the Department of Defense - not the Department of Disinvitation of Bible-believing Christians." Ummm ... wouldn't that make it the DODOBBC? 

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Think Progress: Limbaugh suggests Obama is ‘touchy’ about Arizona law because he can’t produce his own ‘papers.’
  • Alvin McEwen: Matt Barber switches from lying about LGBTs to just plain lying.
  • Fort Worth Weekly: Phone Records Raise Questions About Tarleton Being Pressured to Cancel "Gay Jesus" Play.
  • Alan Colmes: Duncan Hunter, Jr. Would Even Deport Some American Citizens.
  • Raw Story: Arizona sheriff won’t enforce law that’s ’stupid and racist’.
  • Steve Benen: Sue Lowden, Still Struggling.
  • Huffington Post: Ken Blackwell, Author Of 'Blueprint,' Tries To Convince Jon Stewart That Obama Is A Tyrant, Fails.
  • Justin Elliot: DeLay Money Laundering Case May Finally Be Headed To Trial.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW statement: Supreme Court Weakens First Amendment.
  • Sarah Posner: Exposing the Christian Right's New Racial Playbook.
  • Americans United: ADF Lawyer Makes Nice With Florida Radio Extremist.
  • Rachel Tabachnick: Hijacking the National Day of Prayer.
  • Warren Throckmorton: Lou Engle issues statement regarding The Call Uganda and Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
  • The Washington Note: Eugene Delgaudio's Really Weird Rant: Beware the RADICAL Homosexuals.
  • Sam Stein: RNC Accuses Obama Of Shredding Constitution, Nominating Sex-Offender Defenders.
  • Think Progress: GOP congressional candidate: We should put microchips in undocumented immigrants, like we do with dogs.
  • Wonk Room: Following Passage Of Arizona Law, At Least Seven States Contemplate Anti-Immigrant Legislation.
  • David Neiwert: Glenn Beck is outraged by comparisons to Nazi Germany. Who would do such a thing? Besides Glenn Beck, that is.
  • David Weigel: Birthers prepare to march on Washington.
  • Good As You: Giving you $15 lies for free: The one time we *do* wanna use ENDA to put FRC out of business.
  • Truth Wins Out: DC Mayor Honors PFOX’s Regina Griggs.

Early Right Wing Round-Up

  • TPM: Court Martial Charges Brought Against Birther Army Doc.
  • Think Progress: Obama: ‘Irresponsible’ Arizona Immigration Bill ‘Threatens To Undermine Basic Notions Of Fairness’.
  • Crooks and Liars: Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James tells us, "This is Alabama. We speak English."
  • Raw Story: Gingrich: Tea Party will become ‘militant wing’ of GOP.
  • Steve Benen: Back in the Kitchen.
  • Media Matters: Glenn Beck: A Vatican-approved, "wildly important" warrior against forces of "great darkness"?

Arizona Follows Right Wing Playbook In Passing Draconian Immigration Law

It was not too long ago when Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce was considered an embarrassing crank by the state's Republican establishment, and with good reason:

Russell Pearce, had long been considered a politically incorrect embarrassment by more moderate members of his party — often to the delight of his supporters. There was the time in 2007 when he appeared in a widely circulated photograph with a man who was a featured speaker at a neo-Nazi conference. (Mr. Pearce said later he did not know of the man’s affiliation with the group.)

In 2006, he came under fire for speaking admirably of a 1950s federal deportation program called Operation Wetback, and for sending an e-mail message to supporters that included an attachment — inadvertently, he said — from a white supremacist group.

Not surprisingly, Pearce holds ultra-militant anti-immigration views and has used his position as chair of the Senate’s Appropriation Committee to turn them into law: 

Passage of the law, which would, among other things, allow the authorities to demand proof of legal entry into the United States from anyone suspected of being in the country illegally, testified to the relative lack of political power of Arizona Latinos, and to the hardened views toward illegal immigration among Republican politicians both here and nationally.

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The bill makes it a state crime for immigrants not to carry authorization papers, requires the police “when practicable” to check the immigration status of people they reasonably suspect are in the country illegally and allows people to sue cities and counties if the law is not being enforced.

Just as we predicted in our recent Right Wing Watch In Focus, "(P)reviewing the Right-Wing Playbook on Immigration Reform," supporters of this draconian legislation engaged in a variety of standard right-wing strategies for justifying the need for the bill, from portraying immigrants as terrorists to accusing them of "invading" America:  

But supporters of the bill pointed out the problems caused by illegal immigration. Republican Senator John Huppenthal, a sponsor of the bill, says he’s seen evidence of neighborhoods that have been “nuclear-bombed by the effects of illegal immigration.” Republican Senator Al Melvin pointed to the murder of an Arizona rancher last month, possibly at the hands of an illegal immigrant, and the federal government’s failure to act on illegal immigration as the reasons for his vote; and another senator cited 40 murders committed by illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration was called an “invasion” several times on the Senate floor.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Washington Independent: Arizona Legislature Advances Tough Immigration Bill.
  • RH Reality Check: Virginia Governor Signs Bill Creating Pro-Choice License Plate.
  • Truth Wins Out: Nation’s Pediatricians Criticize Counterfeit Christian Group’s Letter to Schools.
  • Alan Colmes: Theological Scholar Forced To Resign After Supporting Evolution.
  • HRC Back Story: Openly Gay Mayoral Candidate Wins in Gainesville, Florida.
  • Steve Benen: Mississippi County Faces Desegregation Order.
  • Finally, poor WorldNetDaily gets no respect despite the fact that they consider themselves a valid news organization: "I think it’s a slight to both Les [Kinsolving] and WND. He’s treated like a pariah in the association. He’s treated like a pariah by his colleagues at every briefing. Half the time he’s standing there with his hand up, and the guy from the AP will just close down the briefing. He’s treated with disrespect by journalists. It’s really sad because it’s not uniform, or universal, that they disrespect elder statesmen of the press corp, because Helen Thomas is treated like a queen. She asks questions that are just as bizarre as Les, but because her ideological leaning is to the port side, she’s treated like a queen. And Les Kinsolving, who is not much of an ideologue, to be honest with you, but his association with World Net Daily pigeon holes him, and he’s treated with disrespect."
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