Border Boletín: State immigration bill talk of the nation

2010-04-22T10:53:00Z Border Boletín: State immigration bill talk of the nationBrady McCombs Arizona Daily Star
April 22, 2010 10:53 am  • 

The wide-reaching immigration bill on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk continues to draw attention from across the nation — most of it ridiculing Arizona.

The latest comes from Comedy Central's Colbert Report. Colbert said about the bill, “Harassing Latinos with racial profiling isn't an inevitable side effect of Arizona's anti-immigration law -- it's the entire point.” I have provided the link in the box to the left.

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The criticisms have come from conservatives, too. On Wednesday on Fox News, noted conservatives Fred Barnes from Weekly Standard and Charles Krauthammer from the Washington Post both disapproved of the bill. I have provided links to both videos to the left.

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Also on Wednesday, Politico held an online discussion about the immigration bill and the birther bill: The Arena: What’s the matter with Arizona?

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CNN's Anderson Cooper plans to discuss the bill tonight on his show, AC360, according to his blog.

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The Economist calls it "Hysterical nativism".

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As you probably have already seen, both the LA Times (A hostile Arizona) and New York Times (Gov. Brewer should reject lawmakers' immigrant bill) have written editorials blasting the bill.

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Some Hispanic lawmakers have even gone to President Obama, asking him to intervene if Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer doesn’t veto

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And the head of the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese likened it to Nazi tactics: LA cardinal condemns Ariz. immigration bill, calling it 'retrogressive'

The bill’s architect, Rep. Russell Pearce, shot back: Pearce criticizes cardinal's remarks

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A poll that came out on Wednesday shows there are plenty of people that back Pearce’s bill. Remember, though, that is a small sample, of 500 people: Poll: Arizonans like immigration bill

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Here's an editorial from Huffington Post: Arizona's Immigration Bill Is a Social and Racial Sin

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The Mexican government has expressed their concern, too: Mexican gov't slams Arizona immigration law

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Rep. Raúl Grijalva and some business leaders worry that it could hurt the state’s economy. He compares it to the Super Bowl ban by the National Football League Players' Association after the state refused to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. day in 1993. Here’s Grijalva’s latest comment:

“The governor and legislature are blind to what this bill will really do to citizens, law enforcement and the state economy. Tourists will not come to a state with discriminatory policies on the books. Businesses will not move here. Hispanic workers and taxpayers will leave. If state lawmakers don’t realize or don’t care how detrimental this will be, we need to make them understand somehow. Conventions are a large source of visitors and revenue, and targeting them is the most effective way to make this point before it’s too late. Just as professional athletes refused to recognize Arizona until it recognized Martin Luther King Jr., we are calling on organizations not to schedule conventions and conferences in Arizona until it recognizes civil rights and the meaning of due process. We don’t want to sustain this effort any longer than necessary. It’s about sending a message.”

Here's a story about what state business leaders think: Business leaders worry Arizona's immigration bill may keep tourists, employers away

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There talking about in other border states, too: Ariz. immigration bill may have broad implications (San Diego Union Tribune)

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