Sigh… I personally have given up even trying to warn or reason with the supporters of Arizona’s Immigration Law, because they either just don’t care about discrimination, never have been a victim of racial profiling or don’t care. I understand that there is a problem with illegal immigration, but this law carries too many risks of civil rights violations with it.
Now as many Republicans march to the defense of Arizona, they do so at their own social political peril. The support of such law will only further alienate the GOP from attracting support for any other polices they may have in the fastest growing segment of the legal population, the Hispanic community in addition to other immigrants.
Besides all of that, this is the point I want to bring out to those who are in support of Arizona’s Immigration Law. I really hope someone can just answer the question.
The Story — The white supremacist political party American Third Position (A3P) proudly announced its donation to the fund recently established by Arizona’s Republican Gov. Jan Brewer to defend that state’s controversial new immigration law.
“The American Third Position has just made a triple-digit donation to Arizona’s Border Security and Immigration Legal Defense Fund,” the group announced in an E-mail alert. In describing its own mission. The A3P says it “exists to represent the political interests of White Americans.”
Oddly enough, I really don’t care that much about that. If other ethnic groups can have an interest group, then Caucasian Americans should be able to do that as well. The problem comes from the motives for why and what they’re promoting.
Let’s continue with the story.
The statute that Brewer signed into law in April, commonly known as SB 1070, is a harsh anti-immigration ordinance that would make the failure of non-citizens to carry immigration documents a crime and that obligates police to check the immigration status of those people they come into lawful contact with if there is “reasonable suspicion” that they are undocumented immigrants. Last week, the Department of Justice announced that it would sue Arizona to block the law, saying it would encourage illegal racial profiling and also interfere with federal control over immigration policy.
The new defense fund, which will help cover the state’s legal fees in the DOJ lawsuit, already has collected nearly $1 million, according to Brewer’s Facebook page.
The Claim — Gov. Brewer claims that SB 1070 will not target persons based on their skin color, which contradicts the motive of the law. So how can it be enforce?
The Problem — A3P begs to differ, seeing SB 1070 as a tool for the reinstatement of white political control. “We support all constructive endeavors by private citizens, businesses, local governments — or in this case a sovereign state — to stem and reverse the browning of America.”
They continue on by saying, “Arizona’s enforcement statute represents the best current opportunity to reduce [brown-skinned immigration]. From its inception, A3P has been disseminating the nightmarish facts regarding the financial, social and demographic consequences of the unprecedented invasion from the south.”
The defense fund is also being pushed on Stormfront.org, the largest and oldest white nationalist forum on the Web. Under the headline “Jan Brewer Sets Up SB1070 Defense Fund,” “Adolf Hitlist” admonishes his fellow extremists, “Money where your mouth is time!”
Adolf’s fellow forum users have responded enthusiastically to his call for donations. “I’m going to send them 50 fat bucks,” writes “Mishko Novosel.” “[T]his might encourage Arizona to leave the Union, and this is why I’ll back them because something good will come of this.” “Axeman” celebrated the fund’s rapid increase: “Wow! At 1:30pm yesterday, AZ’s defense fund was roughly $163k, at 9am this morning it was $363k. Keep it up!” “KuKluxKlan—SoCal” chimed in with, “Donated.”
It’s not surprising that these racists and extremists are enthusiastic about SB 1070. After all, the law originated with the hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform, whose founder John Tanton has written, “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” That is exactly what A3P believes.
The Question — So here’s my question to those who support this law or these groups. If it is not about race, then why are groups such as the A3P and the KKK promoting their donation to the defense of this law?
A bonus question for Republicans. Do you recognize how sociopolitical damage this is causing your party?