The new name for the Grand Canyon State.
Yeah, that’s cutting edge political wit and humor there governor. Sassy and Snarky. Meanwhile, the world stifles a collective gag reflex. As Think Progress notes:
Last week, following Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s speech before Congress, many conservatives blasted Calderon for slamming Arizona’s new immigration law and “meddling” in U.S. politics. “It’s about us. It’s about our citizenry,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “I just think that’s a line I would prefer that he did not cross. He went farther than I’m comfortable with,” stated Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). A statement released by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) read, “It’s unfortunate and disappointing the president of Mexico chose to criticize the state of Arizona by weighing in on a U.S. domestic policy issue during a trip that was meant to reaffirm the unique relationship between our two countries.” However, Calderon isn’t the first international figure to voice his concerns over the law. In fact, he joins a loud chorus of global leaders who have criticized the drastic measures that Arizona is taking to lock out undocumented immigrants:
And you can read the pice to see the thoughts of world leaders in Central/South America, Europe and Africa. The most significant comment, to me, was made by Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa:
“Abominations such as apartheid do not start with an entire population suddenly becoming inhumane. They start here. They start with generalizing unwanted characteristics across an entire segment of a population,” wrote Tutu. “A solution that degrades innocent people, or that makes anyone with broken English a suspect, is not a solution”
And, as TP points out:
When it comes down to it, Arizonans may not care about what the international community has to say about its controversial new law, but global leaders have every right to care about what might happen to their countrymen and woman who visit, live, or travel through their state. In the end, it’s not meddling, it’s diplomacy with a stick.
And this law should give all Americans concern as well. When they start hunting for people you never know when they’re going to come for you. Por ejemplo, as Newsvine reports:
The Los Angeles Times reports that, at a tea party rally in the San Diego County city of Ramona , Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) stated that U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrants should get deported along with their parents to save the state of California money. [..]
The U.S. Supreme Court explicitly ruled in United States v. Wong Kim Ark that anyone born in the United States would be a citizen regardless of their parents’ nationality.
It gets a toe hold and it just gets meaner. You have to nip it in the bud. Hopefully this Arizona immigration law will be challenged in the Supreme Court and ruled unconstitutional. For all of our sakes I hope so.