Wow, Your State Sucks, Too (Arizona Edition):
Yesterday, the Rude Pundit looked at the backwards ass fucks in the legislature in Nebraska, people who sodomize themselves with corncobs in order to feel anything like pleasure, and the savage new anti-abortion laws there. Today we move down and to the left on the map o' stupid states.
This week, the fine (mostly) white Republican people in the legislature of that former Mexican territory, Arizona, decided that the police now have the power to stop and ask people for their papers in order to determine if someone is a citizen. And if that person doesn't have papers? Are they assumed to be innocent? Aw, fuck no. That's for pussy states, not Arizona, which all big and tough with its big and tough white people. You are assumed at that point to be illegal. It's charmingly retro, like South African apartheid, except a few skin shades lighter.
Oh, but this is way, way better than just a throwback to the "Let me see your I.D." good ol' days. S.B. 1070 fucks shit up but good. Check this out:
"No official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may adopt a policy that limits or restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law." That eliminates sanctuary cities, where undocumented immigrants could find a relative degree of normalcy when not, you know, taking care of those cactus gardens of the Tempe bourgeoisie or watching their kids.
Also, it adds a new category for civil lawsuits (which Republicans used to call "frivolous): "A person may bring an action in superior court to challenge any official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state that adopts or implements a policy that limits or restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law." You win? You get at least $1000 and all fees paid. That's a fuckin' lottery, man.
And here's the money shot of this immigrant porn: "For any legitimate contact made by an official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made to determine the immigration status of the person. The person's immigration status shall be verified with the federal government pursuant to 8 United States code section 1373(c)." What makes a cop have "reasonable suspicion"? Well, let's just say that until the first creamy white Canadian is stopped and asked for a passport, we can pretty much assume what makes one a suspicious character is a conspicuous desire to do manual labor and eat from taco trucks. Round up los usual suspects.
The only positive aspect of this bill is the expansion of enforcement of existing laws that prohibit people from hiring illegals. Of course, those criminals can probably afford lawyers, unlike the illegals who are rounded up. Unlike the legals and citizens who will be rounded up.
Again and again, in Nebraska, in Arizona, Republicans demonstrate that the only response they have to social problems is to punish the victims.