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Arizona coverage

Our coverage of Arizona follows. The recent coverage focuses on those who've lied and misled about SB 1070, that state's new immigration law. Click each link to read the full post.

Last modified May 13, 2010
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Which Republicans will vote for John McCain's "Edward M. Kennedy immigration bill"? - 04/01/14

... addition to that, McCain said [3]: "Arizona might be the only state in the Union where mothers don't tell their children they can be President of the United States." And [4]: "I will never ever ever ever as long as I am breathing stop before immigration reform is passed." --------------- [1] twitter . com/USHCC/status/449280789243379712 [2] twitter . com/bennyjohnson/statuses/449343415973838848...

Howard Buffett shouts "Viva Mexico!"; supports amnesty and guest workers; enables illegal immigration; wins Mex. govt award - 12/02/12

... speech to farmworkers in San Luis, Arizona Buffett enabled illegal immigration, supported guest workers programs, and supported amnesty. And, he capped it off by raising his fist and shouting "Viva Mexico!" (image below) But, wait, there's more: in 2000, Buffett received the highest honor the Mexican government bestows on those who help that government push their agenda outside their country....

Horrors: Arizona immigration law costs $640,000 (but saves many millions) (Jacques Billeaud, AP, Paul Davenport) - 10/28/12

... fall for it: Police agencies in Arizona have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars training officers to enforce the state's 2010 immigration law, despite claims from supporters that it wasn't going to cost much extra for the state's 15,000 officers to carry out the statute. An informal survey by The Associated Press of selected police departments and a state agency that trains officers shows...

Luis Gutierrez turns on his former amnesty buddy Jeff Flake (immigration, Richard Carmona) - 10/26/12

... against Flake for Senate from Arizona. At a debate before the statement was released, Flake said: My record in Congress has been one to reach across the aisle. I've worked on comprehensive immigration reform ever since I got to Congress. I worked with Luis Gutierrez. I worked with Senator Kennedy. We tried to get comprehensive reform through. Unfortunately, we can't get the trust level until we...

Democratic Party 2012 platform on immigration: why it's wrong - 09/04/12

... throughout the U.S. A park in Arizona dozens of miles inland is a "no go zone" for Americans [1]. 11. Regarding the "do not pose a threat" claim, some of those who Obama refuses to deport will end up committing crimes. And their presence poses an economic threat, with many of them taking jobs or educational resources away from Americans. 12. Regarding the "local measures targeting immigrants",...

GOP 2012 Platform on immigration - 08/29/12

... scribd.com/doc/104097929/Final-Language-GOP-Platform-2012 See GOP platform supports Arizona-style laws, but includes guest worker program for preliminary comments made before the full text was available. Those comments still apply, but more may be added later. While not every single thing is commendable, some of the language below sounds like something I'd write...

GOP platform supports Arizona-style laws, but includes guest worker program - 08/21/12

... controversial state immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Utah. [The] amendment (put forward by Kris Kobach), which is now official party policy, also includes calls to withhold federal funding for any universities that provide in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants as well as "sanctuary cities" that refuse to enforce state and federal laws on immigration, and calls for...

US cities with highest unemployment have something in common. What is it? - 06/28/12

Per the Associated Press, these were the U.S. cities with the highest unemployment in May, 2012: Yuma, AZ 28.9 El Centro, CA 26.8 Yuba City, CA 17.9 Merced, CA 17.3 Modesto, CA 15.6 Fresno, CA 14.9 Hanford-Corcoran, CA 14.8 Visalia-Porterville, CA 14.7 Stockton, CA 14.5 Madera-Chowchilla, CA 14.3 Whatever could all those have in common? If you aren't familiar with this corner of the world, all...

Supreme Court guts Arizona immigration law SB1070; who won, what to do - 06/25/12

... three of the four parts of the Arizona immigration law SB 1070, making the law largely ineffective. This is mostly a loss for Americans who support immigration enforcement and who are negatively impacted by illegal immigration (i.e., the great majority). It's mostly a win for Barack Obama and the illegal immigration-supporting establishment. All is not lost however: how to make lemonade is...

Nate Cohn of TNR misleads about Mitt Romney and Arizona - 06/16/12

... Court’s upcoming decision on Arizona’s controversial immigration law might again place him on the defensive. The timing of today’s move allows Obama to ameliorate Latino concerns about his commitment to immigration reform before the Court rules on the divisive Arizona law, which Romney depicted as a potential "model for the nation. Romney didn't call the Arizona law a "model for the nation"....

Brave New Foundation, Rachel Maddow think you're gullible (FAIR, immigration, SB1070) - 04/25/12

The video below shows Rachel Maddow and Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films thinking you're a gullible sucker in at least two ways. The first way is by trying to get you to support immigration policies that help big banks (immigration banks), big business, governments, and the Federal Reserve at the expense of everyone else. See those links and the related discussion here. The second way is by...

Laura W. Murphy of ACLU misleads about Arizona immigration law - 04/23/12

... let federal lawmakers know that Arizona’s racial profiling law, S.B. 1070, is about much more than just the state of Arizona and its immigrants. It’s about how we see ourselves as a nation. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Arizona v. U.S. and it’s important to note this case will pose certain fundamental questions that members of Congress, the administration, and...

Zac Moffatt: how did Obama lie about Mitt Romney and Arizona immigration law? - 04/14/12

... Republican nominee who said that the Arizona laws are a model for the country; that — and these are laws that potentially would allow someone to be stopped and picked up and asked where their citizenship papers are based on an assumption. Acevedo: Racial profiling. Obama: Very troublesome, and this is something that the Republican nominee has said should be a model for the country. So what...

Alexander Burns thinks a mainstream immigration stance is "hard-line" (Wil Cardon, Arizona, Jeff Flake) - 04/10/12

... Flake (running for senate from Arizona) as "moderate". From "Immigration returns to Ariz. airwaves": The Arizona immigration furor is back. Not that it ever really went away, but Republican Senate candidate Wil Cardon -- a conservative self-funder running in the GOP primary -- is pumping several hundred thousand dollars into ads apparently hyping up a hard-line position on the issue.... From the...

GOP debate February 22, 2012 (Arizona, CNN, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, Ron Paul) - 02/22/12

... Eastern CO-SPONSOR: Republican Party of Arizona WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, Arizona MODERATOR: John King TRANSCRIPT: When available. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: For a preview of this debate, see debates. As with all the rest, this debate will feature weak, superficial questions and few follow-ups. Any immigration ideas the candidates present will be flawed, and the moderators won't press them on their...

DOJ investigation claims Sheriff Joe Arpaio engaged in "unconstitutional policing" (immigration, Arizona, Maricopa County) - 12/15/11

... quasi-witchhunt of Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has concluded with a report claiming that Arpaio engaged in "unconstitutional policing" and unreasonably targeted Latinos. You can read the report here, and make sure and see my notes below. First, from the New York Times writeup by Marc Lacey (link): After an investigation that lasted more than three years, the civil rights division...

Russell Pearce concedes: illegal immigration profiteers get a win (Arizona, Jerry Lewis) - 11/09/11

Arizona state senate president Russell Pearce has conceded defeat in his recall election (link), a victory for those who seek to profit from illegal immigration. Pearce has been on the front lines against illegal immigration and is the author of Arizona's SB 1070. The winner, Jerry Lewis, will take his place. This is a win for those who say things like this: Political analyst Chris Herstam, a...

Immigration and Texas governor Rick Perry: a summary - 08/11/11

... always been about." Perry opposed Arizona's tough anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070. "I have concerns," he explained, "with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas." Tancredo also mentions the TransTexas Corridor, a scheme that Perry created. See that, NAFTA Superhighway, and North American Union. While the Beltway has been quite...

Tea Party Patriots admit immigration "isn't an issue for us" (Mark Meckler) - 07/12/11

... this: However, smaller Tea Party groups in Arizona, North Carolina and other states have publicly placed immigration enforcement high on their advocacy lists. And many Tea Party-backed Republicans in Congress are leading the crackdown on illegal immigration, such as Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who has introduced a bill to eliminate automatic citizenship for children born in the U.S. to illegal...

Supreme Court upholds 2007 Arizona immigration enforcement law; eVerify; losing: US Chamber, DOJ, Berman, NCLR, ADL, SPLC, AILA, SEIU, LULAC - 05/26/11

... the US Supreme Court has upheld Arizona's 2007 "Legal Arizona Workers Act" employer enforcement law that requires the use of eVerify and that allows Arizona to pull the business licenses of companies that knowingly hire illegal aliens. Note that the 2007 law and the decision have no relation to Arizona's more recent immigration law. A Los Angeles Times article is here, and links to legal...

NCLR congratulates SEIU on 90th anniversary (Janet Murguia, Eliseo Medina) - 04/29/11

... organizations called for a boycott of Arizona in the wake of the notorious racial profiling law, SB 1070, SEIU joined the fight. And SEIU joined with NCLR and others last November in releasing a poll on the Latino vote to ensure that neither party neglects or writes off the Latino community. As the recent 2010 Census numbers clearly demonstrate, SEIU was ahead of its time in realizing the...

CIS: Immigrants use welfare at higher rate than natives - 04/06/11

... highest welfare use rates are Arizona (62 percent); Texas, California, and New York (61 percent); Pennsylvania (59 percent); Minnesota and Oregon (56 percent); and Colorado (55 percent). Per this: Some immigrant-advocacy groups criticized the report, saying it was engineered to inflame anti-immigrant sentiment by making an unequal comparison between immigrant households, which tend to be low-...

Border Patrol used beanbags against armed bandits (Brian Terry) - 03/03/11

... with bandits on the border in Arizona had their hands tied by orders, and she said the answer is “absolutely not.” “Our lethal force policy is the same as virtually every law enforcement agency in the country - that is, if you are under threat of serious injury or death, you may use lethal force,” Miss Napolitano said. I believe that's what we already knew. The issue is that the agents might...

Arizona sues feds for failing to enforce border, immigration laws - 02/10/11

... the Department of Justice sued Arizona over that state's immigration law SB1070. Now, Arizona has returned the favor by countersuing the feds, making the obviously correct claim that the feds aren't enforcing our immigration laws as they should. Whether the countersuit will succeed isn't clear, but at the least it might help air just how derelict in their duties the Department of Homeland...

Suicide bomber book found at border; extremist cleric caught sneaking into U.S. - 01/27/11

... bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.- Mexican border, authorities tell Fox News. The book, "In Memory of Our Martyrs," was spotted Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent out of the Casa Grande substation who was patrolling a route known for smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs. Published in Iran, it consists of short biographies of Islamic suicide bombers and...

Did Pima County Sheriff Dupnik ignore Jared Loughner's warning signs before Gabrielle Giffords shooting? - 01/13/11

... Jared Lee Loughner, Pima County, Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik began politicizing the tragedy [1]. Part of that politicization was justified, part was not. Specifically, considering the role that an overly hostile political environment might have played in the tragedy and urging calm is acceptable, but naming specific persons (Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh) as possible contributing factors is...

DHS uses Giffords shooting to push loose borders political agenda (Jared Lee Loughner, American Renaissance) - 01/09/11

... this: David Denlinger, commander of the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center acknowledged that the document came from his agency, but contained errors and overstated the link between Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old charged with shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others outside a Tucson supermarket, and American Renaissance. “I do have no reason to believe in anything that we did that (...

John Quinones to lie about Arizona SB 1070, immigration enforcement (ABC, "What Would You Do?") - 12/20/10

... episode in which they'll lie about Arizona's new immigration law SB 1070. In fact, the segment described here would very likely be illegal and would probably generate a lawsuit. Specifically, security guards aren't empowered to enforce SB 1070, whether they're U.S. citizens or not. Arizona cops can only question someone's status after having detained them for something else and after having...

How "centrist" will No Labels be on immigration? - 11/26/10

... saying, “You just have to look to Arizona to see extremists who are trying to divide us.” I guess I know how the group feels about the Arizona immigration enforcement law. Of course, I thought the point of the group was to stop labeling people; but I guess it’s okay to label the overwhelming majority of Arizonans “extremists.” It would be obviously helpful to know who said that and how high in...

U.S. bows to United Nations Human Rights Council, ACLU helps (Arizona, SB1070) - 11/05/10

... the U.S. government mentions Arizona's recent SB1070 immigration law. While I downplayed the significance of this in the earlier post, perhaps I should raise the alert level given that one of the groups involved in complaining to the U.N. about the U.S. is the American Civil Liberties Union; more on them below. From this: The United States is submitting its human rights record to the scrutiny of...

Possible massive voter fraud in Arizona and Colorado (SEIU link) (update: state denies it) - 10/25/10

... massive voter registration fraud in Arizona and Colorado. From Russell Pearce (link): There has been an accusation that 65% of 5000 voter registration forms, submitted by Mi Familia Vota and One Vote Arizona, in Yuma County on the last day of filling are invalid due to the registrant not being a citizen, wrong/invalid address, false signature, etc. I also understand that these 2 groups have...

United Food and Commercial Workers Union calls off Arizona boycott - 09/24/10

... part of the movement to boycott Arizona over their new immigration law. They've now withdrawn from that movement (link), with a Local president saying: "I hope Ms. Brewer joins the call to 'tone it down' and help create solutions for both border security and immigration reform... It is now time for calm, reasoned discussion that can move forward to first secure our borders, while designing a...

McCain (of course) is soft on DREAM Act; laughs about anti-American plan (trade Americans for illegal aliens) - 09/15/10

The video at peekURL.com/vbjwqf9 shows a John McCain appearance where a group of illegal aliens ask him to support the anti-American DREAM Act: 1. McCain's only concern with the DREAM Act is the politics of it: he wants it to be part of a comprehensive immigration reform bill because other Senators would make various requirements. McCain mentions that one of his requirements is a guest workers...

Interior Dep't environmental regulations hampering Border Patrol (Rob Bishop, HR 5016) - 09/08/10

... mainly) are attracted to parts of Arizona for a specific reason. On these federal lands, environmental regulations prevent the Border Patrol from doing its job. That's what the mainstream media won't report... [On the video below], (Rep. Rob Bishop) makes this simple point. The U.S. side of the 1,950-mile border with Mexico is about 60 percent private land and 40 percent federal. "Almost all" of...

Rachel Maddow smear: Jan Brewer, SB1070, and CCA private prisons (Arizona, Morgan Loew) - 09/07/10

... implying an absurd claim: that Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 - that state's new immigration law - in part to profit Corrections Corporation of America. CCA has a contract with the Department of Homeland Security's ICE agency to provide immigration detention facilities, and two people linked to Brewer are also linked to CCA. For background from far-left illegal immigration supporters...

DOJ sues Joe Arpaio over civil rights investigation documents - 09/02/10

... administration's latest attack on Arizona in an attempt to prevent states from doing the job the federal government won't do: try to reduce illegal immigration. And, those attacks are preventable if people would work to reduce illegal immigration in smart ways. From the DOJ's press release [1]: The department filed today’s lawsuit after exhausting all cooperative measures to gain access to MCSO’...

Obama admin UN Human Rights Council report mentions Arizona immigration law, 287g - 08/25/10

... somewhat inflated post "Obama Hauls Arizona Before the UN Human Rights Council" (link) about the Obama administration's report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (PDF at [1]). The administration's report mentions both their suit against the new Arizona immigration law and their changes to the 287g program as examples of how the U.S. cares about the human rights of immigrants. I've seen...

McCain trounces JD Hayworth in GOP primary; who's to blame (tea parties, Palin, Scott Brown...) - 08/25/10

... night's GOP Senate primary in Arizona, John McCain trounced JD Hayworth with 59% versus 29% for Hayworth (and 11% for Jim Deakin). To a certain extent, McCain's win was due to him spending around $20 million on advertising and him pretending to be tough on immigration matters. Defeating McCain would have sent a strong message to the Beltway establishment, the mainstream media, and other amnesty...

Michael Steele distances GOP from Arizona law, on Univision - 08/24/10

... distance the GOP from the new Arizona immigration law (link, video at peekURL.com/vjoo7o3 ). In a minor way this is a good thing in that by so doing he's distancing himself from the Republican base and dragging down other GOP leaders with him. It's a bad thing because he's giving more power to the far-left, the Democrats, and other illegal immigration supporters. The voiceover to the clip...