In case you missed AZ’s “peaceful demonstrators”

April 28, 2010

Watch this video clip of advocates for illegal imigration threatening armed rebellion after Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law: “We will not stop! We will take up our shovels and pickaxes and we…we will use them against you! Believe that!” screams an opponent of Arizona’s strong new law addressing illegal immigration. 

H/T: Americans for Legal Immigration

Then, watch as marauders and their supporters attack police with rocks and bottles at the state capitol after passage of Arizona’s new law making it a crime to be in the state illegally.


Tim James is running for governor

April 28, 2010

Mexico finally warns nationals: “respect the local laws” of U.S.

April 28, 2010

Bloomberg reports that Mexico has issued a “travel warning for Arizona over law.” Referring to the new law that makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally. Mexico’s Foreign Ministry warned, “There is an adverse political environment for migrant communities and all Mexican visitors, it’s important to act carefully and respect the local laws.”

Why now?

The United States has also issued warnings:

The U.S. Department of State Current Travel Warnings page lists “countries whose long-term, protracted conditions qualify them as dangerous or unstable. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff. The countries listed below meet those criteria:”

Congo, Democratic Republic of the 04/21/2010
Kyrgyz Republic 04/20/2010
Mexico 04/12/2010
Philippines 04/02/2010
Algeria 04/02/2010
Lebanon 03/29/2010
Iran 03/23/2010
Kenya 03/16/2010
Haiti 03/15/2010
Colombia 03/05/2010
Eritrea 03/02/2010
Central African Republic 02/26/2010
Yemen 02/25/2010
Iraq 02/25/2010
Saudi Arabia 02/18/2010
Pakistan 01/07/2010

The list continues here.


Illegals leaving for points beyond Arizona, but not Mexico

April 28, 2010

Amid all of their hyperbole and intentional misrepresentation regarding Arizona’s new law to quell illegal immigration, the Arizona Republic also has a penchant for melodrama.  Today’s above the fold, front page story fills the bill nicely. 

In his report, Arizona immigration law could drive Latinos out of state, Daniel Gonzalez tells the sad tale of 38-year-old Adriana Miranda.  The Miranda’s have been in Arizona illegally seven years.

Her husband is unemployed and they have sold their trailer and intend to move because of Arizona’s law, which Gonzalez disingenuously says will allow police to arrest people like her. He neglects to mention that the state law mirrors federal statutes and only allows police to inquire about status if the person has been legitimately stopped for another matter.

According to Gonzalez, everyone is leaving the state. “And it isn’t just illegal immigrants: Legal residents and U.S. citizens also say they will leave Arizona because they view the state as unfriendly to Hispanics,” he writes.

But we digress. Back to his tale of woe.  Adriana, pictured in her doorway, and described as sobbing while wiping away a tear, tells the reporter that they are leaving, with these telling words: “We don’t know exactly where. Another state.”

Mexico is not on their agenda.


Insurrection?

April 27, 2010

Not quite. 

While the five GOP Phoenix City CouncilLites have declared they will not support Democrat Mayor Philly Gordon’s plan to file a lawsuit against the state challenging a new law that makes being in the country illegally a state crime — don’t be fooled into thinking they oppose the Sanctuary City Mayor or even his actions.

Since left-wing entities such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund MALDEF), are considering litigation, the thrifty CouncilLites have decided to let them go forward in their stead.

“The last thing we should be doing is spending money on this lawsuit when we have so many pressing needs in this city,” District 3 Councilman Bill Gates said. “We know there will be other entities bringing lawsuits – ACLU, MALDEF – we know that will happen.”

But today Gordon is asking the nine-member council to direct the city attorney to prepare a lawsuit seeking an injunction to prevent the law from taking effect.

Scott Wong, the Republic’s City Hall reporter writes that for days the mayor, who has finally fallen out of favor, has refused to speak with him, likely due to the fact that Wong excels at exposing the mayor’s shortcomings. The ego-driven and showboating Gordon told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he personally would sue the state if he could not round up the five necessary votes.

Gordon’s CNN appearance was part of a days-long media blitz to drum up opposition to the law and support for potential litigation. Since Senate Bill 1070 was signed by GOP Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday, Gordon has given interviews to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, ABC’s “Good Morning America Weekend” and CBS News.

Watch for Gordon’s appearance on Dancing with the Stars. That’s the gathering place for those trying to resurrect what is left of their name ID.


Getting it right

April 27, 2010

 Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, writes Hysterics against Arizona.

Take the time to read this cogent assessment of the Arizona law at the center of the leftist storm.


Illegal immigration proponents issue threats

April 27, 2010

Appearing at a Tucson Town Hall meeting last evening, Gov. Jan Brewer dismissed the threats of a statewide economic boycott agitated by Democrat U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva and Hispanic advocacy groups. The congressman is so angry over the recently signed law intended to rein in illegal immigration, that he is willing to exacerbate Arizona’s financial downturn.

It’s a typical liberal maneuver well suited to the radical Grijalva and his cohorts such as far left-of- center Democrat Phoenix Mayor Philly Gordon. Here Gordon, who hides under the inane cover of ‘non-partisan’ city elections, writes a distinctly partisan article in which he blasts Republicans, living and dead, in a hate-filled diatribe.

Gov. Brewer says the incited furor over the ability of police to ask people detained for other infractions for verification of citizenship will fade. Brewer noted how another commotion lost its steam when she was secretary of state and led the implementation of the reasonable requirement that voters show identification at the polls.

An estimated half a million illegal aliens live in Arizona and the state is the nation’s foremost portal for unlawful entry into the United States. Arizona citizens have reached the saturation point for footing the bill for social benefits including medical care, and educational and criminal justice costs associated with the enormous influx of foreign nationals. The porous border puts not only Arizona at risk, but the nation as a whole, when, in these perilous times, there are no constraints regarding who gains access to the U.S.

A recent survey shows 70% of Arizonans overwhelmingly supported SB 1070 and the new statute signed by the governor. Interestingly, her signature on the bill has earned her support from many of the same people who have criticized her advocacy of the 1-cent sales tax hike.


Most updated PAChyderm Coalition GOP legislator rankings

April 27, 2010

The PAChyderm Coalition, a Reagan Republican organization, has just released its weekly cumulative evaluations of legislators. The assessment will be updated weekly until the conclusion of the legislative session.

This list reflects legislative actions as of 4/23/10.  It was last updated 4/26/10.

Along with the rankings is an instructive narrative by Howard Levine. It provides important information about the evaluation system.


J.D. Hayworth qualifies for ballot: Let the debates begin

April 26, 2010

Arizona’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate —  J.D. Hayworth — delivered 11,483 signatures of Arizona voters from all 15 counties who are supporting his campaign to the Secretary of State‘s Office today.

“In just a matter of two and a half months, people flocked to our campaign, put their names on the line and I am humbled by their overwhelming support,” Hayworth said.

The state requires a total of 5,609 signatures from across the state, and a candidate must only qualify in three counties in order to be placed on the ballot.

“Senator McCain has dodged each and every debate challenge I have made, saying he would wait until I was a qualified candidate,” Hayworth said. “Well, there is no place left to hide, no excuse left to use.

“Let the debates begin now. I have laid out a plan for a series of debates and John McCain needs to face me and the voters of Arizona as soon as possible.”

Hayworth has proposed debates on May 22 in Kingman and on June 2 in Coolidge.

Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and other national news organizations have contacted the campaigns asking to host debates. Hayworth’s campaign has accepted every offer.

“The people of Arizona deserve to see us squaring off on the issues of the day,” Hayworth said. “Today, I qualified for the ballot. Senator McCain needs to stop hiding behind excuses and step up to the podium and debate.”


The “rest of the story” behind the protests

April 26, 2010

The article on the front of the Valley Section includes a jump to the editorial pages. It carries an oversized 4 column x 6 inch photo of a woman whose facial contortion bring to mind victims of torture seen in horror movies.

But Jon Lee is not being tortured. Indeed, the Los Angeles resident marched freely down a Phoenix street to the sound of drumbeats, protesting Arizona’s new law making it a crime to be in the state illegally.

She joined others bused in from California, Colorado and Texas.

Eun Sook Lee, executive director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, said her group bused in 52 protesters from the Los Angeles area. Lee admitted that nearly a quarter of Koreans in the United States are here illegally.

In case proof was needed, Arizona’s porous border is a gateway for foreign nationals from a wide variety of nations — declared enemies of the U.S. among them.

And although AZ Rep. Jeff Flake’s close congressional ally Illinois Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez flew in for the demonstration, Flake (R-CD 6), not wanting to alert his conservative hometown constituents to his D.C. shenanigans was once again noticeably absent. Gutierrez vowed to fight Arizona’s law in court, imploring President Obama to join the legal battle.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, (D-CD 7) pledged to defeat the bill before it takes effect on July 22. Hurling verbal threats, the Arizona Democrat wants Obama to direct federal agencies not to cooperate with the implementation and enforcement of the law.  Never accused of brilliance, he  has called for a national economic boycott of the state. “The governor made a huge mistake,” Grijalva said. “By signing this bill, she has nationalized this issue. They terribly, terribly underestimated us,” he warned.

By “they” he must be referring to the 70 percent of Arizona citizens who support the new law — many of whom are also his constituents.

He was joined by the usual cast of characters, Rep. Ed Pastor (D-CD 4), and Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox — who delivered their speeches in Spanish and Phoenix’s Sanctuary City Mayor Philly Gordon, who spoke in Chicagoese.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon got in on the action, too, saying “the Mexican government condemns the approval of the law” and “the criminalization of migration…”  Really? And we condemn his corrupt government aiding its own citizens to invade us.

Michelle Malkin breaks the myth of the open-borders propagandists that no terrorist suspects are using our southern border to gain entry into the U.S. And investigative reporter Todd Bensman also shows evidence to the contrary. Seeing Red AZ has addressed the serious issue repeatedly.

Venerable broadcaster Paul Harvey always concluded his radio shows with the tag line, “And now you know… the rest of the story.”  You’ve read it here.