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Arizona, meet North Carolina, your wannabe "Papers Please" law twin.


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Think Progress is reporting that North Carolina is competing with Arizona's asshatitude status when it comes to anti-immigrant laws, racial profiling, labeling, shaming, disrespect, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio-style despicability:

North Carolina is set to vote on a piece of anti-immigration legislation on par with Arizona and Alabama’s racially-tinged laws that drew national attention and ire from immigration advocates. The Reasonable Enactment of Comprehensive Legislation Addressing Immigration Matters (RECLAIM) in North Carolina Act, or HB 786 would expand the scope of law enforcement officials with “reasonable suspicion” to authorize immigration status checks on anyone who has been lawfully stopped. [...]

The measure also allows for law enforcement officials to have the ability to “securely transport an alien… to a federal facility” potentially without ever having seen a lawyer.

Here is what North Carolina conservative policy makers have previously been up to. Hint: They’re up to no good.

For people who claim to revere constitutional rights and freedoms, they sure have a funny way of showing it. Latino voters will surely warm to the Republican party now. How could they not?

I wonder how many Canadians and Swedes will be pulled over and questioned.

Please read TP for more details, but some of negative impact includes "severely undermining public safety benefits" because immigrants are likely to duck and cover, avoiding driver’s licenses that conspicuously feature the words “no lawful status.” Then there's that little problem of tourism dropping (that sound they'll hear is an economic thud) due to concerns about being asked about legal status.

I am becoming more and more concerned about the direction this country is taking, the intensity of conservative disdain, intolerance, and bigotry, and the perpetual obstruction that cuts any attempt at compromise or reasonable, constructive lawmaking off at the knees.

And those are just a few of my worries. I've resisted writing about this because I am not an alarmist and try not to indulge in overly negative feelings and writings that would bum everyone out, especially in my current state of mind.

But with all the gerrymandering and redistricting to assure Republican wins and single party rule in state legislatures, and the ease with which those on the right pass laws that are so unhealthy, so restrictive, and so hateful, it's not easy to feel optimistic about our chances of overcoming their perpetual obsessions, greed, backward attitudes, and power grabs.

We are all real, living, breathing, struggling, caring participants in this country. We the people. Immigrants are people, my friend. Corporations-- and sometimes it seems like Republicans-- are not.

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VIDEO: AZ Gov. Jan Brewer: “I know if President Obama is elected in November, which I hope he is..."


I know if President Obama is elected in November, which I hope he is, he will be able to come together with all of us and come up with a solution. I believe he will secure our borders. And therefore, we can resolve all of the other issues as a simple matter.”

Thank you Tommy Christopher at Mediaite! I was watching the GOP convention coverage and saw Brewer say this last night. Then I thought, no, no I didn't, I must have misheard her.

Turns out I heard correctly!

And she was right about securing our borders. Border crossings have plunged.

Brewer for Obama! Looks like it's our turn to wag our collective finger in her Papers Please face.


Ann Romney: Hispanics will have to get over "some of their biases" to vote Republican


Ann Romney spoke to "you people" at a lunch event today in Tampa, Florida. Via ABC:

Romney said her “importance in speaking out is making sure that those coalitions,” referring to women and Hispanic voters, “that would naturally be voting for another party wake up and say, You’d better really look at the issues this time.”

You’d better really look at your future and figure out who’s going to be the guy that’s going to make it better for you and your children, and there is only one answer,” Mrs. Romney said, giving a harsher pitch than we usually hear from the woman who wants to be the next first lady.

It really is a message that would resonate well if they could just get past some of their biases that have been there from the Democratic machines that have made us look like we don’t care about this community,” Romney said. “And that is not true. We very much care about you and your families and the opportunities that are there for you and your families.”

Willard M. Romney would repeal the DREAM Act and is very much pro-Papers Please law. How about getting over some of your own biases first, Romneys?


VIDEO: “Todos Somos Ilegales/We Are All Illegals.”


The video follows the album’s bilingual cinema-in-sound concept about the border, the USA and the system that criminalizes those who create the wealth it rests upon.

While bringing to the fore the lived experience and stories of immigrant people, with this release the band ridicules the absurdity and obsolescence of the very notion of human beings deemed "illegal" in the year 2012...

Get the album and lyrics:

Song: Outernational - We Are All Illegals ft. Tom Morello, Chad Smith + Residente Calle 13
Album: 'Todos Somos Ilegales'
Song Produced by: Thom Russo
Video Produced by: Outernational & Cuéntame
Translation by: Dr. Pullés-Linares
Special thanks to all of the fighters and dreamers who contributed their footage to this music video!

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Seems like a perfect time to revive this:


Surprise! Mitt Romney sidesteps Arizona ruling, faults Pres. Obama


It's been so easy to document Willard Romney's dodging and weaving, avoiding, not coming out with a definitive position, even secrecy, because he does it so often. And now oops! he's done it again, this time regarding the Supreme Court decision on immigration law.

Once again, Romney blasts President Obama without ever taking a real stand himself. And why would he? If he did, nobody would vote for him.

The Hill:

Mitt Romney used the Supreme Court's split verdict Monday on Arizona's controversial immigration law to blast President Obama for not seeking more comprehensive immigration reform as president.

“Today's decision underscores the need for a president who will lead on this critical issue and work in a bipartisan fashion to pursue a national immigration strategy," Romney said in a statement. "President Obama has failed to provide any leadership on immigration. This represents yet another broken promise by this president." [...]

Romney said he believed "each state has the duty — and the right — to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities."

Par for the course.

Note to Willard: President Obama tried to get the DREAM Act passed, but the GOP blocked it by filibustering, despite the 55 votes in favor. That's called leading in the face of obstruction, not failure to lead, you lying twit.

This is who the GOP chose as their nominee, and now they're stuck with him.


And per Think Progress:

Romney aides tell reporters that the candidate will not comment on the decision in person. An aide said that Romney “has been pretty clear on his stance on immigration.”


Marco Rubio (R-FL): “Many people who come here illegally are doing exactly what we would do..."


Think Progress has an excerpt from Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) new memoir An American Son in which he reveals that he'd enter the United States illegally for all the right reasons. Because see, he'd do it to give his family a chance for a better life. What? Just like all those other families who are here trying to get a break for their loved ones? Just like all those other families who are reviled by so many Republicans? Who are subjected to daily derision and hostility?

Would Rubio expect his wife, kids-- himself?-- to be deported? Or would he be one of Romney's Infamous Self-Deporters? Would he object to a Paper Please Law being applied to him and his family? Would he object to anyone in his family being stopped for "looking suspicious"? Would he support a path to citizenship, as the president does in the DREAM Act? Or would he be content to live "in the shadows" and take jobs that American citizens would turn down?

Just asking.

So many questions, so little time:

Many people who come here illegally are doing exactly what we would do if we lived in a country where we couldn’t feed our families,” Rubio writes in his book, which went on sale Tuesday. “If my kids went to sleep hungry every night and my country didn’t give me an opportunity to feed them, there isn’t a law, no matter how restrictive, that would prevent me from coming here.”

TP has more at the link.


Breaking: Supreme Court justices may uphold parts of Arizona immigration law


Via an L.A. Times email alert:

Supreme Court justices, hearing arguments today over Arizona's tough immigration law, suggested they were inclined to uphold parts of the state's law but may block other parts.

Several justices said they saw no problem with requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people who are stopped.

But they also said they were troubled by parts of the Arizona law that made it a state crime for illegal immigrants to not carry documents or to seek work. The stop-and-arrest provision has been the most contested part of the law.

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