Arizona Immigration Law: GOP Voter Suppression Scheme?
According to investigative reporter Greg Palast, Arizona's new immigration law may not entirely be about racism. It's not about getting rid of Brown people for taking American jobs. It MAY just be about keeping Brown people from voting in November.
As Palast reports, the legal Latino population in Arizona particularly, is exploding...and they almost overwhelming vote as Democrats. If you are a Republican, this is not a good thing. Especially when you are practically doing nothing to woo ANY non-White voters into your party. And as everyone knows, with Republicans..."if you don't join us, we'll destroy YOU."
Beginning in 2004, GOP Governor Jan Brewer successfully suppressed over 100,000 predominately Hispanic voters from registering. Presumedly, these voters were rejected because they were non-citizens. It turned out, however, that these rejected voters were NOT illegal:
...Secretary of State Brewer followed the Rove plan to a T. The weapon she used to slice the Arizona voter rolls was a 2004 law, known as "Prop 200," which required proof of citizenship to register. It is important to see the Republicans' latest legislative horror show, sanctioning cops to stop residents and prove citizenship, as just one more step in the party's desperate plan to impede Mexican-Americans from marching to the ballot box.
State Senator Russell Pearce, the Republican sponsor of the latest ID law, gave away his real intent, blocking the vote, when he said, "There is a massive effort under way to register illegal aliens in this country."
How many? Pearce's PR flak told me, five million. All Democrats, too. Again, I asked Pearce's office to give me their the names and addresses from their phony registration forms. I'd happily make a citizens arrest of each one, on camera. Pearce didn't have five million names. He didn't have five. He didn't have one.
Now, I don't carry my birth certificate OR my passport with me everywhere I go. I just have my driver's license-- which is a proof of residency, but not a proof of citizenship. I haven't the SLIGHTEST IDEA where my original birth certificate is. I got a newly printed version about 9 years ago-- issued by the state of my birth. The same kind of reissue that our President has. So now, according to this kooky new Arizona state law, if I was stopped because someone thought that I was Hispanic (which has happened to me on several occasions, even though I am not)...and I didn't have my "papers" on me...BOOM! I'd have to go to jail. Thankfully, I don't live in Arizona.
And that's the problem here. I don't know ANYONE that carries their proof of citizenship on them-- Black, White, Asian, or Latino. So any one of us could, if we lived in Arizona, be affected by this law. Well, not my White friends, anyway. MAYBE possibly not my Asian friends. But probably me, because I MAY look Dominican or something. And MOST DEFINITELY my Latino friends. Just trying to imagine how it would play out-- if asked for ID I MAY be able to get by because I don't have a Latino name. It's kind of hard for me to get into the mindset of someone that has to racially profile someone to decide whether or not they are a certain type of person. It'd be like if Black and Brown and Yellow and Red folks just assumed that all White people were a bunch of racist neanderthal. But OF COURSE, we all know that's not true...right?
The GOP has done this before. Palast did some fantastic reporting on the 2000 and 2004 elections, with the suppression of Black voters. It's an old tactic for the new age. And the tactic is getting thicker and more involved, as many of the GOP are accusing Obama of race-baiting. It's funny how the ones WITH the problems like to project them onto others. Sneaky, but stupid. If only these same loud mouths had the huevos to answer to so many of their allegations, and own up to their game.