Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Battle For Arizona - TIME

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.

1 comment:

  1. I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.