On April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Janis Brewer (R) signed Senate Bill 1070, the most radical immigration legislation in the United States, effectively permitting racial profiling in the state of Arizona. The law requires police to demand immigration papers from anyone who they have a "reasonable suspicion" is in the country illegally. This blog will chronicle the major events regarding this racist and inhumane law.
We enthusiastically encourage a boycott of the State of Arizona until the law is repealed.

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3.25.2011

Arizona Republicans Folding: Keep Boycotting!

White Supremacist-friendly Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce is still fighting with the vigor of Joseph McCarthy and must be shut down. News of the effects of Arizona's racist policies have graced headlines recently. Please keep up the pressure.

via The New York Times

"Arizona established itself over the past year as the most aggressive state in cracking down on illegal immigrants, gaining so much momentum with its efforts that several other states vowed to follow suit. But now the harsh realities of economics appear to have intruded, and Arizona may be looking to shed the image of hard-line anti-immigration pioneer..."(READ MORE)

12.29.2010

SB 1070's Hate-FIlled Sister Law HB 2281

via Truthout

While much condemnation has rightly been expressed toward Arizona's anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, a less-reported and potentially more sinister measure is set to take effect on January 1, 2011. This new law, which was passed by the conservative state legislature at the behest of then-School Superintendent (and now Attorney General-elect) Tom Horne, is designated HB 2281 and is colloquially referred to as a measure to ban ethnic studies programs in the state. As with SB 1070, the implications of this law are problematic, wide-ranging and decidedly hate filled...(READ MORE)

10.20.2010

Nevada Republican Calls Hispanics Asians

via Politico
"Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle said at a recent event with Hispanic high school students that some of the students in attendance looked “a little more Asian” to her.

Angle has landed herself in hot water for a previously reported remark from the event, in which she claimed that she was “not sure” whether her illegal immigration ad featured Hispanics.

But on Monday morning, the Las Vegas Sun’s John Ralston pulled another nugget from the meeting — Angle said that some of the members of the Hispanic Student Union looked like they might be Asian.

“So that’s what we want is a secure and sovereign nation, and, you know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that,” Angle said, according to video posted by the Nevada paper. “What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country.”"(READ MORE)

Arizona Sued Over New 'Anti-Hispanic' Schools Law

"Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- Eleven Tucson, Arizona, educators sued the state board of education and superintendent this week for what the teachers consider an "anti-Hispanic" ban looming on Mexican-American studies.
The suit comes in a state already roiled by a controversial immigration law that is being challenged in court..." (READ MORE)

10.05.2010

9.27.2010

Anti-Immigration Hero Deputy Possible Fraud

via Talking Points Memo

"AZ Sheriff's Dept Reopens Case Of Deputy Allegedly Shot By Drug Smugglers

The Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff's Office has announced that it is reopening the case of a sheriff's deputy who was shot on April 30, after an article last week raised questions about the deputy's story that he'd been involved in a shoot-out with drug smugglers -- and just hours after telling TPM that the department stood by the original investigation...

In April, the case of Deputy Louie Puroll received widespread media attention, as it came at the height of the debate over the state's controversial new immigration law. The tale was seized upon by anti-immigration activists to whip up support for the state's new law. Puroll said that he was shot by drug smugglers during an altercation in the Arizona desert..." (READ MORE)

9.20.2010

Mormon-Owned Paper Stands With Immigrants

via The New York Times

"SALT LAKE CITY — Joseph A. Cannon is nobody’s liberal. His résumé reads as if it belongs to a delegate to the Republican National Convention, which, incidentally, he was in 2004...He was an official for the Environmental Protection Agency under Ronald Reagan and chairman of the Utah Republican Party...


So it was something of a head-scratcher, Mr. Cannon said, when his voice mail and e-mail started filling up with messages from people calling him a “liberal freak” for the sympathetic way his paper (The Deseret News) often writes about illegal immigrants..." (READ MORE)

9.05.2010

Gail Collins Column, NYT: Ungreat Debate

"We do not generally look to gubernatorial debates for excitement. But this week there was a fascinating one in Arizona, where Gov. Jan Brewer gave a bad performance of epic proportions. Really, Richard Nixon in 1960 was Demosthenes in Athens compared with this one.

Brewer began by blanking out during her introductory statement — there was this horrible 16-second interval where she went silent, stared down at her notes and giggled. The evening ended when she stomped away from reporters who were yelling: “Governor, please answer the question about the headless bodies.”..." (READ MORE)