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According to Alonzo's research, things were even worse in the East. "The following year, in North Carolina," she wrote, "farm officials set up a statewide hotline to fill crop and livestock jobs. Two calls were received."
Things have only gotten worse with anti-immigrant legislation.
In 2007 more than 90,000 migrants fled Oklahoma, causing a loss of $1.9 billion to the state's economy. Since passage of SB 1070, Arizona has shed 200,000 migrants, who fled to friendlier states.
Agriculture is the largest sector in Georgia's economy, yet lawmakers passed stiff anti-immigrant legislation projected to cost the state $391 million in lost crops. The governor suggested that farmers hire ex-cons to work the fields. The ex-cons refused. More than 70 percent of Georgia's restaurants had labor shortages and lost, on average, $21,000 per eating establishment.
Last year Alabama one-upped Arizona and passed a tougher, meaner anti-immigrant measure. Research at the University of Alabama said the state could lose up to $10.8 billion and 140,000 jobs.
The governor demanded that the statehouse reconsider. Alabama legislators responded by making the law tougher.
Why, in the middle of a recession, would statehouses vote to cripple their economies by driving Mexicans to flee?
Why, with President Obama deporting more Latinos than at any time in the nation's history, would legislators demand local cops inspect citizenship papers?
The inescapable answer: Race!
The guiding proponent of these statutes is Kris W. Kobach, who helped author SB 1070. At the time, Kobach was senior counsel to the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
In 1986, John Tanton, FAIR's founder wrote: "As whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night? Or will there be an explosion?"
Not surprisingly, the Southern Poverty Law Center called FAIR a racially driven organization.
Alabama's copycat legislation was penned by state Senator Scott Beason, who has called blacks "aborigines" and declared that when it came to immigration, folks ought to "empty the clip."
In Arizona the bill drafted by Kobach was sponsored by then-state Senator Russell Pearce. In 2006 Pearce forwarded to his followers a screed he'd read entitled "Who Rules America." The essay took exception to race mixing and a "world in which every voice proclaims the equality of races, the inerrant nature of the Jewish 'Holocaust' tale, the wickedness of attempting to halt the flood of non-White aliens pouring across our borders. ..."
The essay, which originated from a neo-Nazi newsletter, went on to ask: "And who are these all-powerful masters of the media?"
The answer was obvious: "As we shall see, to a very large extent they are Jews."
Eerily, the message Pearce forwarded to political supporters in 2006 foreshadowed coming bloodshed.
"On the other hand, a White racist — that is, any racially conscious White person who looks askance at miscegenation or at the rapidly darkening racial situation in America — is portrayed, at best, as a despicable bigot who is reviled by the other characters, or, at worst, as a dangerous psychopath who is fascinated by firearms and is a menace to all law abiding citizens. ..." read Pearce's send-along.
Last month Pearce acolyte J.T. Ready slaughtered his girlfriend, her daughter and boyfriend and a 16-month-old infant before turning the gun on himself. Ready was a neo-Nazi who was photographed at white supremacist rallies in full National Socialist regalia. Following the passage of SB 1070, Ready formed an armed militia that hunted Mexicans in southern Arizona.
After the multiple homicides, Pearce tried to distance himself from Ready. This sleight of hand was complicated for Pearce: He'd endorsed Ready's failed run for the Mesa City Council, and, in fact, had ordained Ready into the priesthood of the Mormon faith and attended his baptism.
These, then, are the miscreants who have stirred this nation's darkest prejudices.
None of this was grist in the Supreme Court. The Obama administration opted to argue only the narrowest of issues: State immigration laws trampled federal domain. With an election looming, the president chose not to confront nativist anxiety.
Latino groups and civil rights organizations have filed lawsuits that challenge what Obama ducked. These suits recount what happens on American streets when brown people are detained, when Mexicans and Central Americans are crowded into detention centers, when families are ripped apart.
When law enforcement cordons off brown communities, the law, as applied, is apartheid.
Perhaps you can understand, after a wave of hateful legislation and a galling discussion by justices and attorneys in the country's highest court, that there are those not content with jurisprudence.
You see, all this legal eloquence comes after generations of families picked crops on their way to citizenship, only to encounter lawyers and lawmakers who are worse than any field boss.
Monica Alonzo's father crossed the border from Mexico. His family worked in the cotton fields. They earned less, picked more, and kept their mouths shut. Kids in school were slapped if they were overheard speaking Spanish.
"They mistreated the Mexicans the worst in El Mirage," Alonzo says. "Mexicans went straight to jail or were roughed up for minor offenses.
"They were made to feel like worthless people," Alonzo recalls. "Many Mexicans instilled in their children the importance of speaking only English. Not in my house. For my father, the treatment created a lot of resentment towards whites. We weren't allowed to speak English at home for some time. We would get in trouble if he knew we were mixing with the Anglos."
It's funny to see bigots offended at being called racist. It's like a worm, offended at being called a slug.
Maybe you could try a little harder and come up with a more accurate buzzword than "racism?" Language != race.
If we cared, we would ask them where they were from. But we don't care where they're from - Africa, Mexico, France - it's all good. We're just happy they got here. That's how we do things in this country because that's the kind of people we are.
If Republicans don't want to learn how to talk, that's fine with me. But as a conservative, I'm against the government telling me what to say or how to say it. That's not conservatism - that's just racism.
I can't wait to see some Texican cop, arresting a white boy from Plano on suspicion of being an illegal alien from Norway.
You're a red haired and green eyed Hispanic... 'unfortunately' your children are not... Can't help but think this may be a Freudian Slip... resentment maybe? Maybe not. On the surface you're argument is so simplified but at least I get your concern. To a degree I think you may be right. So, I propose that for the next ten years the cops stop EVERYONE and determine citizenship... maybe by then we can get this non sense under control. After all, the supreme court of the land gave the ok on random stops or even complete barricades to check for illegal activity. So, once again, let's stop everyone at such check points. HERE"S MY ID OFFICER!
I am so fed up with these tiresome 'journalists'. I use the term loosely. I'm fed up with them using historical truisms to cast themselves in the 'righteous' light. Yes, America has a history of wrong doings. Name me a culture that doesn't? Please, I would like to know of one. However, dragging up these wrongs and parading them alongside their own positions do NOT make their positions correct. The frigging Nazi's were masters at it, having learnt their propaganda techniques from many of the journalistic heroes of the American golden era of Progressives. The very same heroes that many of todays 'journalist' still follow. Oh, yes. They gave us so many great ideologies such as the aforementioned propaganda, euthanasia, interrogation techniques, sterilization and so on and so forth. All of which were always paraded with truisms to make them seem righteous where applicable or humane and the right thing to do at other times. People, we're doomed to repeat history if we don't truly learn from it. Also, if you do happen to crack open a history book... read up on the author, lest you be duped by yet another progressive. They love to mangle history's truisms.
Here's part of the problem - remember this testimony to the Texas legislature? Here for 20 years and not able to communicate in English. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PLbrng2Trc
You have wrongly assumed that the Vatican has traditionally condemned the growth of scientific knowledge. I'll spot you Galileo (which wasn't really about the Vatican disagreeing with science, but I won't argue the point). Can you name a singe other instance? Nope. There isn't one. Besides that, even the Vatican itself supports the theory of evolution.
The problem America has is with illegal immigration, not legal immigration. It does not help when 90% of illegals are Hispanic. All cops do in Arizona is ask for valid government identification. What is wrong with that? I have been to a few countries and they all ask me for an I.D. or my passport. Also, you have countries in Latin America whose immigration laws are strictly enforced. Ask an immigrant and they will most likely say that TRYING to make it through Mexico is hell.
Having lived in Mexico City for 3 years as an ex-patriot, I can assure you that if you are stopped in Mexico, you better have proof of who you are, what your status in Mexico is, etc. Mexico has some of the most restrictive immigration laws in the World. Try to get into Mexico from the Southern border.
I guess I don't have to worry. I am a red haired, green eyed Hispanic. But unfortunatly my children are not. They are as brown as the charro beans I cook for them. Why do my children have to carry ID to travel cross country, when every one else's do not? I know, I will just not visit a state with such laws. I'll take my money elsewhere.