Russell Pearce in a Pantsuit? Susana Martinez's Much More Than That

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez: Not as easily dismissed as the Dems would like

You may have read of New Mexico's newly-elected Republican Governor Susana Martinez's executive order rescinding what she's referred to as that state's "sanctuary status," and instructing state police to inquire into the immigration status of "criminal suspects" and report that info to the feds.

Some have characterized this as New Mexico's version of Senate Bill 1070. It's not quite that bad.

Arizona's breathing-while-brown law is far broader, covering all local and state law enforcement, instructing LEOs to determine immigration status during all lawful stops where reasonable suspicion exists that someone is in the country illegally.

Martinez's executive order covers only state law enforcement agencies, and it grants an exception for "crime victims, witnesses, or others who call or approach law enforcement seeking assistance or reporting a crime."

SB 1070 has no such provision, though for the most part, the law is still enjoined, and remains in limbo as we await the Ninth Circuit's ruling on the district court's decision.

But the executive order is still of great interest, as much for the person who signed it as anything else: i.e.; the first Latina Governor in United States history.

That's right, Martinez, who was elected with 54 percent of the total vote last November -- and about 30 percent of the Hispanic vote -- is a smart, tough former district attorney who reportedly grew up near the border and whose grandparents (both sets) came from Mexico.

She speaks fluent Spanish, yet wants New Mexico to stop issuing drivers licenses to the undocumented. She's lukewarm on the DREAM Act, and says it should be part of a comprehensive package, with securing the border coming first.

Keep in mind, she's the Governor of New Mexico, not Arizona. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Quick Facts, 45.6 percent of New Mexico's population is of Hispanic or Latino origin. In Arizona, the Latino/Hispanic population is around 30 percent.

Preceding Martinez in the governor's chair was Bill Richardson, a moderate to lefty, pro-business Dem. Dems have a majority in the New Mexico legislature. The state went blue for Obama in 2008. Red for Bush in 2004. Blue for Gore in 2000. And blue for Clinton in 1996 and 1992.

Obviously, the political dynamic is different in our neighbor to the east than here in Sand Land. Anti-immigrant sentiment is higher here, and uglier. It has a prejudicial tone born of a brown-white divide that's been decades in the making.

Also, keep in mind Newsweek's observations concerning New Mexico and Martinez:

"Latinos in New Mexico also have a distinct profile," Newsweek reported"Only 16 percent of them are foreign born, and many of the remainder come from families who have lived in the state for centuries. For them, `immigration, in terms of their personal relationship to it, is pretty far removed,' says Gabriel Sanchez, a professor at the University of New Mexico. That helps explain why gubernatorial candidate Martinez has suffered little fallout for her get-tough-on-the-border ads and her opposition to granting driver's licenses to undocumented people."

I think it would be a mistake to dismiss Martinez as some sort of Clarence Thomas for Hispanics. She has genuine communication skills, and easily outperforms 
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and state Senate President Russell Pearce for that matter.

As a former prosecutor, she sometimes comes across as a Latina Nancy Grace, with her zeal for the death penalty and punishing wrongdoers. She's also pro-life, and believes parents should be informed if their minor children seek abortions.

Over the last several years, Republicans have alienated Latinos by copping the nativist line, and Democrats have angered Latinos by taking their votes for granted and doing little in return to earn same.

This is why politicians such as Martinez -- and to a lesser extent, Republicans like Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio from Florida -- present a serious challenge to Democrats. 

Essentially, Democratic inaction on comprehensive immigration reform has helped neutralize it as an issue. That is to say, all Dems have been able to do is talk a good game, ceding the argument and all influence to the nativist right. 

Into this breach leaps the GOP's Latino and Latina warriors. If Democrats continue to treat immigration reform as political poison, why shouldn't Hispanics vote for, and be drawn to, trend-setters and barrier-brakers on the right?

The consensus in this country, for the moment, like it or not, is anti-immigrant. And until a new political reality upends that paradigm, pro-immigrant forces will be fighting a rearguard action. 

In this scenario, a Governor Martinez is far more dangerous to the pro-immigrant cause than Russell Pearce and all his minions combined.


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Lily Pad2713
Lily Pad2713

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

Sonia,

I tried to call you with but no luck.

USAdefender1 (Daniel)

svivar9087
svivar9087

Ever hear of leaving a message ? I call all my messages....bring it on =D

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

It hangs up after one ring. I guess the number I found is wrong,

USAdefender1

P.S. Ay mami que agresiva mi amor con el "Bring it On". LOL

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

Mamita Morena(o),

Es increible que en un mundo donde hay un presidente estadounidense negro! Es el mismo pais donde congresistas arizonenses, legisladores estatales, jueces, policias, soldados y ciudadanos de color canela habitan y viven sin asaltos por su color pero por su estatus legal. La pena es que personas como tu esten ciegas a esto y insisten en avergonzarse gritando racismo.

Los logros de los Hispanos ciudadanos y la de los Hispanos inmigrantes legales son mínimas para personas como tu. Hasta que esté gran pais no quede como los países de dónde venimos los activistas como tu no estaran contentos.

Tengo piel en este asunto nena. Pero cada vez que veo a los supuestos activistas gritando idiotezes de que por el color canela no hay oportunidades me doy cuenta que hasta entre nosotros hay flojos. En este pais si haces las cosas legalmente uno puede lograr cosas que no se puede lograr en cualquier otra parte del mundo.

La pena es que como tu hay muchos Hispanos que verdaderamente odian a este pais! Que pena y que verguenzen para los quienes lo queremos tanto.

USAdefender1

P.S. Que menciones la frase “aceptable collateral damage” me hace pensar que eres una de esas Militant Hispanas looking at este pais como si fueramos uno de esos paises que se dedican al ethnic cleansing. How sad you are amigita.

svivar9087
svivar9087

Mi querido frustraded DEF,The color of the prez should not be an issue, unfortunatly people like you have made it one. As an american I don't hate my country which I proudly served for six years (in the military). What I hate is ignorance, intolerance, and the hate among those like you, who in my humble opinion, are the one who hate this country, by hating the man who runs it...they had there chance in the voting booth.

In view of your hateful statement and the fact that you can't have a fruitful debate, I bid you a farewell and may you find a spark of =D in your life.

A gente como tu no se les gana, por ser tan tapados y limitados.

So please lose my number, your starting to bore me, and I'm not nice when i'm bored....=D

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

Mi querida avestruz POCHITA,

Where did I say I hate el Presidente? I guess we are talking about ese pendejo in the White House. You know, the one that had super majorities en el congreso and the senate that did nothing por tu causa and yet todavia lo apoyas! You’re a militant old lady que necesita que se la cojan bien. La pena es que your frustration te hace reactional like a teenager in heat! You think that because servistes al pais means you love it? Ha! Think Pfc Bradley Manning mi amiguita loquita. Yo no le tengo hate a nadie. But like la progresista socialista that you are tu argumento termina con que everybody must hate si no estan deacuerdo con tigo. Talk about a feeble mind!

Imagine si tomaras el tiempo to see what other see y apagar las noticias de Univision (1 hour news show 50 min immigration topics) y ver la realidad que afecta a este pais. El dia que yo me di cuenta that people look at me por lo que he hecho and that the color de mi piel was not a factor was el dia que yo como ciudadano of this great nation prospered and left the self pity behind.

Te vas corriendo porque la unica tapada lo eres tu!

Un abrazo y good luck!

USAdefender1

svivar9087
svivar9087

Where did I say I hate el Presidente?...ese pendejo in the White House. (no love there)

You’re a militant old lady que necesita que se la cojan bien...yes I am proud of 53 years of living life....as far as the rest, well I am a lady, I don't kiss and tell =D

Let me me help you ....Google me and then well talk

svivar9087
svivar9087

Yo...defender. Calm down, your going to hurt yourself =D

What I would like to know, is why IBM pissed u off ?....I'm curious, would like to hear your point of view. u up for it ?

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

svivar,

The word "Pocha" is derogatory and a racist term put forth by foreign born Hispanics towards U.S. born Hispanics. Then just like most Progressive MORONS to imply that one has denied their "Hispanic Roots" because they view things differently is just plain stupid! Should all Hispanics think alike, give up their individuality and conform to progressive views or be insulted? Oh and then saying she is "using her name to get ahead"! What a MORON! Now she should also change her name as well?

I guess I’m curious as to why you did not call him out on his idiocy or is it that you agree with him?

USAdefender1

P.S. I might also add that IBMMORON didn’t piss me off. I was only trying to point out how racist his comment was.

svivar9087
svivar9087

Dear Def,There is nothing wrong with having a difference of opinion, that's actually a good thing.In Martinez's case, in my humble opinion, is that she is plainly playing into what's fashionable rather than what is in the best interest of her constituents.

The fact that she happens to be "of Hispanic decent" (no matter how much she wishes she wasn't), as a Pocha I find it ironic and disturbing, that her hate for what she is, is being pimped, willingly. (yes I agree w/IBM)

svivar9087=D

PS...Sorry def, pissed off may have been a bad choice. I should've said, ruffled your feathers =D

svivar9087
svivar9087

Mi querido USAdefenderEl problema y la faya de estas leyes que proponen, no solamente afectan a los indocumentados. American Citizens que no tienen pelea en este asunto, van a ser victimas.

Lo que me molesta and ruffles my feathers, es la idea y el mensaje, de que las vidas impactadas, por el siemple hecho de tener piel canela, no son lo suficientemente importantes…”aceptable collateral damage”

Pero en fin, cuando una persona no tiene imaginación, o la curiosidad de ser una persona bien informada, puedo entender la frustración que sientes.

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

Estimada Sonia,

En realidad guapa estas mal. La razón que muchos nos miran mal es por la actitud que personas como tu toman referente a la inmigración ilegal. Tu como muchos se piensan que deberia ser más fácil pedir perdon que permiso cuando hacen las cosas. Piensan que da igual si ponen a sus hijos en riesgo porque cren que si lloran suficientemente se les va mejorar la situación. Pues un informe hijita! Los activistas se la han pasado llamando nombres re-que-te-jodidas a todos los quien les lleven la contraria y ya no tiene el efecto que tenia. Esa forma de pensar es antigua y ya no les va a servir de nada.

Por esa misma razón yo les hecho los perros rabiosos cada vez que puedo a todos los izquierdistas que puedo! A mis hijo yo les he dado todo lo que yo he podido legalmente sin esperar nada de nadie. Mi enojo por lo general es con personas como tu que se acuestan con quien sea para lograr un fin sin pensar en los que llegaron antes legalmente. Que verguenza la tuya de tener que poner la cara y abrirse te de piernitas para recivir aceptación de los progresistas como el Putito IBMMORON!

Buena suerte en tu mission de malamente representar a los Hispanos en este pais. Recuerda que los izquierdistas tienen enfermedades feas y hasta con 53 añitos guapa te pueden pegar' algo feo y por esa razón te recomiendo que uses condones hasta para las mamadas que das porque al Hispano en realidad no lo estás ayudando!

USAdefender1

IBMMuseum
IBMMuseum

Agreed that Governor Martinez will be much dangerous than Pearce. I wondered how she won in my home state, and thought that we could have stayed more rational than Arizona to the West. Martinez is a Pocha, denying her Hispanic roots, but using her name to get ahead.

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

And you are a racist PUTO!

Another discriminatory MORON!

USAdefender1

Loosecannonsbluesband
Loosecannonsbluesband

I think that what is going on here, why people are confused and not thining clearly, is that the words being bandied about to describe "brown people" are incorrect. Specifically, "Hispanic". It should be used by people in the United States to who are of Spanish or Spanish-American origin (Hispanic and Latino Americans). Cultural elements are Spanish names, the Spanish language, Spanish customs, etc. People known as Hispanic can also be found in other areas that were formerly part of the Spanish Empire. They are NOT normally "brown skinned."

The White European Spanish conquered the indigenious people of this continent. The indignious people WERE brown skinned and DID NOT speak spanish. They were decidedly NOT Hispanic. It is the brown skin that people who hate the undocumented Mexican Immigrant dislike. Coincidently, it is the people in Mexico who play up their Spanish traits and downplay their indigenious heritage that are the most bigoted against the brown skinned people. Having lived for a while in the large cities in Mexico, it is one of the first things a visitor of any length notices. Being "Spanish" like is FAR more important than being "Indios" like. Guess what, the undocumented laborer is more likely to be closer to the indigenious people than their fellow citizens who have jobs in Mexico.

It is a 1000 centuries old tradition for the indigenious peoples of the Americas to travel back and forth from one area to another for seasonal agricultural work. Just one example is the Navajo who travel south to harvest Mesquite Bean in one season and then travel back North to harvest pine nuts in another season.

So, when you use terms like Hispanic or Latino, the issue of who is being "hated" upon gets really confused - why not talk about the real people who are being discriminated against by the immigration policy of the United States - the indigenious peoples. Whether they are "indians" from Mexico or from the United States, the ruling class still has open season declared on these poor people.

Dr. King was killed at the start of his Poor People's Campaign - let's carry on with his work and help the people at the bottom. And in doing so, we will help our better off brothers and sisters as a rising tide lifts all boats.

Let's be clear when we're talking about "brown skinned" and "Hispanic" people we're talking about two different issues - one is about skin color and poverty status and the other is language and culture from Spain.

Another difficult subject to comprehend is that the assimilation of Hispanics in the U.S. is not comparable to that of other cultural groups is that Hispanic and Latino Americans have been living in parts of North America for centuries, in many cases well before the English-speaking culture became dominant. For example, California, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico (1598), Arizona, Nevada and Florida have been home to Hispanic peoples since the 16th century, long before the U.S. gained independence from Great Britain. In other words, they were here first.

Hock
Hock

At like the provision about crime victims, witnessess and those that report. That is one of the pieces of the Arizona law that give me heartburn. Our own not-so-distant history shows that when government forces communties underground, it creates a culture of organized crime. It's still and issue in many Asian communities.

Although I think all this anti-illegal "issue" is a lie to distract non-thinkings and idiots and create a wedge issue, at least there is a tiny bit of sanity in her decision.

USAdefender1
USAdefender1

Jajajajajajajaja! Let's see what you RACIST MORONS come up with!!!!

Dodo Bird & Coz were the first Chihuahuas to come out barking. Let's see if the usual racist join them??

USAdefender1

svivar9087
svivar9087

A Latina Micheal Steele...a Mexican token for the GOP

Coz
Coz

Pearce has finally found his Eva Braun...

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