Quixotic Arizona

Posted: January 6, 2011 in Border Security, Delusional in AZ, Gov. Jan Brewer, Illegal Immigration, Sen. John McCain

State Legislators in Arizona are suffering from Delusions of Grandeur….they actually think that they can pass a law prohibiting U.S. Citizenship to children born on U.S. soil if their parents are illegal immigrants.  In fact, Rep. Ron Gould of Lake Havasu expects such a bill to be proposed in the State House and Senate for consideration within the next month or two.

Adding insult to injury, our local media has hardly covered the subject. AZCentral.com used all of 5 sentences to report this outrageous monstrosity of legislative hutzpah in their online article today.*  Although I have to give props to E.J. Montini, a local legend and writer for the local rag, for writing an opinion piece about the topic today.  While it was a mild take on the issue and certainly not full of enough vitriol to suit my tastes, at least he addressed it.

Montini’s main gripe is that it’s a waste of time and money because legal precedence is so clearly in favor of Federal supremacy.  And he’s right.  It’s a point I’ve been writing about on this blog for weeks now.  If it was just a one time thing, it wouldn’t be so disturbing.  However, a pattern seems to be developing.

Ever since SB1070 became an issue for national debate, the country now looks to Arizona for leadership on how to deal with illegal immigration.  Instead of seizing a chance to show true leadership by spearheading efforts for comprehensive reform and securing our border with Mexico, our leaders have decided to go off into quixotic and wasteful tangents.

Gov. Brewer ran around like a chicken with her head cut off, squawking about beheaded bodies in the desert (it wasn’t true, but reality never got in Don Quixote’s way either).  Rep. Russell Pearce has been attending white supremacist rallies while ferrying SB1070 into law.  Sen. McCain flip flopped on his position regarding a guest worker program, abandoning tens of thousands of Hispanic voters. The state has spent an unknown amount of money and time to defend itself fighting lawsuits resulting from SB1070 and there is no end in sight to those cases yet.

Now Arizona is working with 13 other states, in an organization called “State Legislators for Legal Immigration” (SLLI).  Through this group, Arizona wants to pick another fight it can’t win and this time it is with the birthright provision of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  These states all seek to change the definition of birthright to mean anyone with at least one parent who is a U.S. Citizen but also to issue a different birth certificate to children born of parents who are not citizens.  This would, in essence, create a second class of people.  The plans of SLLI were announced today at a press conference in Washington, D.C. although only representatives of 4 states were present.

Perhaps the Quixote metaphor isn’t appropriate….I’m thinking that it’s more of the Pied Piper leading a bunch of rats off a cliff.

Update: Maybe this is why the Republicans want to deny citizenship to immigrants?  http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2011/1/7/933847/-Reapportionment-gains-driven-by-Latinos?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dailykos%2Findex+%28Daily+Kos%29&utm_content=Twitter

*Note that the local online news source is a division of the state’s only major newspaper, The Arizona Republic.  I’m not exactly sure how much coverage has been contained in the printed paper but I’m not hearing much on TV or seeing much online.

Sources:

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/01/06/20110106arizona-birthright-citizenship-measures-early-action.html

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Ron_Gould

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2011/01/05/20110105montiniblog0105.html

http://bwnews.us/2011/01/06/14th-amendment-birthers-to-go-national/

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