The Battle For Arizona - TIME
It must have helped that the measure was broadly popular. While other border governors, including Texas Republican Rick Perry, have raised concerns about SB1070, Arizona politics seems to encourage a race to the right on immigration. That's partly due to the ineffectiveness of the Hispanic voting bloc in the state. Latinos make up nearly 30% of the population but only 12% of voters. The two most heavily Hispanic districts in the state, said Goddard, have among the lowest voter turnout of any districts in the country. Daniel Ortega, a Phoenix lawyer who heads the board of directors of the National Council of La Raza, said the Latino community does "have to take some personal responsibility for this." But, he added, "this is a creation of Republican politics
The true star of the lunch was former Congressman and current radio talk-show host J.D. Hayworth, who is presenting a staunch conservative challenge to Senator John McCain's re-election bid. A former sportscaster with a lustrous tan and sternly knitted brow, he has come within striking distance of McCain largely on the strength of his harder-than-thou approach to immigration: get rid of all illegals, and don't even bring in guest workers until the border is 100% secured. "This is not a political problem to be managed," he told me. "It's a huge invasion that has to be stopped." Hayworth implied that the loose border could lead to another 9/11-style attack. As for the nonterrorist illegals, they are leaching off social services, he says, but if you start arresting a few, the rest will simply self-deport.