Steve Gallardo Drops Repeal SB 1070 Bill, Nativists Counter-Rally

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Gallardo, at Monday's presser announcing his repeal SB 1070 bill

Down at the state Capitol today, it was like a little bit of 2010, all over again.

Grizzled nativists toting "I love SB 1070 signs," with pistols on their hips. Pro-immigration activists in droves denouncing the two-year old breathing-while-brown statute. And Arizona Department of Public Safety officers standing between them, keeping the peace.

All this for an announcement of legislation to repeal Senate Bill 1070 that even its Democratic backers admit will likely go nowhere in an Arizona Legislature controlled by a Republican super-majority.

State Senator Steve Gallardo, along with religious and community leaders and fellow Democrats such as state Representative Daniel Patterson and state Representative Catherine Miranda, heralded the introduction of the repeal proposal, which would strike the 1070 statute from the books, if passed.

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Convicted public urinator Buffalo Rick Galeener, protesting Gallardo's proposal

"It has polarized the state of Arizona," Gallardo said of 1070, and of the counter-demonstrators attempting to shout him down. "It has done nothing to solve any of our immigration issues."

He talked of the negative image 1070 has given the state, and of the negative economic impact it's had. He called on the Republican leadership of the Legislature to give the repeal a hearing, something he conceded was unlikely to occur.

"It took [ex-state Senate President] Russell Pearce three years to get Senate Bill 1070 passed,"   he stated at one point. "It may take us three years to get it repealed, but we need to start talking about the effect 1070 has had on the state of Arizona."

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Anon
Anon

How does a convicted public urinator (in front of a minor child) stay out of prison when the rest are in there for years and decades? 

Hrobster
Hrobster

"AMERICAN CITIZENS COUNTERRALLY."

Mr. Duke
Mr. Duke

 Hezbollah in Mexico?? "Merge" with Meixco???? I was shaking with rage after that one! What a fearmongering douche!!! How do these poeple get into office???  I guess the AZ GOP has degraded into voting for who can say the craziest shit. What an accomplishment!

Isabella Dryden
Isabella Dryden

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

Joan Chissie
Joan Chissie

RACIAL PROFILING!  THAT IS NOT LEGAL IN ARIZONA~!  This has become a Policing State, giving the Police the power to promote Racial Profiling, legally!  What has violates the Human Rights of people of color, will become higher statistics and create a larger need for officers.  This is still the United States of America, I still pledge my allegiance to the US Flag because I am considered a free person, not harming anyone in public.  If I have to pull out my AZ ID for anyone because I am of color, I may as well live in the JIM CROWE SOUTH, because that is violating my US Constitutional Rights!  

Mistalee
Mistalee

Stephen, the verb "drops" in common usage doesn't generally mean "announces his support for," it means "ceases his support for." I was fairly perplexed by the headline, thinking that Gallardo somehow nixed his own bill virtually at the same time he introduced it.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Go get em Sen.Gallardo,you have more support than all the nativist nutjobs think. BTW,is that a Mexican flag that the wackadoodle Art Olivas is wearing as a doo-rag. If this nutcase Olivas is so anti-undocumented immigrant,why does he wear the colors of the Mexican flag?

MexAm
MexAm

Republican polititians are so ignorant about the things they say to there flock that sometimes i think how come some people can be blind Babosos!!

AZ FAIL
AZ FAIL

I really hope Sen. Gallardo runs for Governor in 2014....and wins. That ought to make a few nativists' heads explode.

Guest
Guest

 And nobody realizes that if the Feds simply enforced the laws on the books none of this would be happening?

 Think this little nugget through for a second; alot of post here are concerned with rightwingers wearing sidearms - what if op. fast & furious, that spent at least spent 10 million dollars of YOUR taxes (FACT), but gave them to tea party members instead of the drug gangs?

 The feds are the problem, not liberals or conservatives; not illegals or "nativists" - its the the feds.

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

The fact that Sylvia Allen and others like her are able to make laws for the rest of us to follow ought to scare the living @#*% out of us.  Watch a video of this lady speaking sometime.  She makes Jan Brewer look like Cicero. 

Jason
Jason

This is one reason why I really like Gallardo: He stands up for what he believes in. In this case, it is ridding us of this detrimental, useless, do-nothing but create a police state statute.

Just a thought...Now that the Flaccid Failure cannot enforce immigration law thanks to the DOJ and the DHS, can we sue him into compliance? SB1070 gives us that right.

I totally agree with Gallardo. 1070 was and continues to be wrong for the state of Arizona.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

So when did logic and common sense ever have anything to do with nativist fantasy? They hold to a disjointed mythology that doesn't hold up to rigorous inspection. Those who believe it the most will always do so it seems.

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

"Google it."

Really, Sylvia? "Google it?" 

Well, THAT explains a lot of things.

Tom Prezelski
Tom Prezelski

Mr. Lemmons, I have to take issue with your implication that the "1070 works" chant was ironic in light of the fact that the law has never really gone into effect. You are obviously living in a pre-Palin world where politics has something to do with public policy.

1070 made the 2010 election season one of the ugliest ever. An incompetent governor was re-elected, and our communities are still suffering from degraded, divisive and stupid rhetoric. Rational discussion of public policy has been rendered impossible. In other words, 1070 has done exactly what it was intended to do, even though it has never been enforced. It was probably never intended to be.

A few days after its passage, I talked to a Republican legislator who voted for it who told me that he thought the whole thing was harmless, given that the worst of it would be thrown out by the courts. In other words, they voted for it knowing that it was constitutionally problematic because its purposes were entirely political.

We are living in a world where grand gestures and strong opinions mean much more than actual governing, and this is but one example.

Alicyclic
Alicyclic

And the govt openly traffics guns to challenge the 2nd amendmt

Dlstebbi
Dlstebbi

Thank you for covering this event.The Pro-1070 wackadoodle Art Olivas has a mouth on him doesn't he? I would laugh, but people like him are really just pathetic and could tend to dangerous.Good story and you are right on about any terrorist groups getting here through the Mexican border! Doesn't really make a lot of sense, but the scare tactics are a part of the GOP way. It was so nice meeting you today. 

Tina
Tina

It would certainly be a commendable action by this state legislature to repeal SB 1070.  The reasons given by Sen. Gallardo are correct. Although the bill has been put on hold for a year and a half by the judiciary,  It HAS done immense damage to our state and our state's image by people in other states.  There's no denying it. 

What this coverage also shows is the rude, uncivilized, immature, insulting and gang-like "I will shout you down" behavior of those who were there to display their uncouth and unacceptable behavior.
  
What jumped off the page at me, however, was, "Grizzled nativists toting 'I love SB 1070' signs, with pistols on their hips."  PISTOLS ON THEIR HIPS!!  Why?  To outwardly convey at this press confernce that might makes right?  In this case, the "might" of firearms?   That is the image this state does NOT need.  

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Class acts indeed. 

Like Lisa Allen said, "Smart people don't vote for Sheriff Joe." 

Heck, I bet OSB even has the Public Urination PAC's support for 2012.

TruthAz
TruthAz

Lemons please list the names of the Dems who did not get onboard with Sen Gallardo's, bill..?

The "wackadoodle" Art Olivas (Aka Loony Bullhorn Goon), in the picture, is a regular at all the protests. Not to mention he is also a rabid- ...'hobbit lady'.... Anna Gaines, supporter..

Up next a bill to repeal the blantently racist bill--now law HB2281.. or Mexican American Studies ban..

Glad you had a chance to cover this event, as the Dem Party finally has grown a pair of ...'Cajones'... to take on the teabaggers head on..

Regards,
Truth

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

I have said time and time again, if Democrats in Arizona would stop being the Republican-lite alternative, they could win and win big.  But no, they let conservatives control the message and cower in the corner.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

It's scary isn't it?

BTW I was pretty pissed when I heard that too. I am pretty sure that Hezbollah is not training in Mexico. They would get their asses kicked by the federales there.

And BTW Why would I want to "Merge" with Mexico?Or favor open borders? or do any of the other shit that was said for me by stupid fucking republicans?

Hrobster
Hrobster

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ,zzzzzzzzzzz,ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz............

Hrobster
Hrobster

Now would competent reconquista would do something like that?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

he probably hires illegals to mow his law.

Hrobster
Hrobster

Versus Democrats who have a flock that would blindly walk off a cliff if told to.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol that would be nice.
If I was elected governor, I would first publicly VETO SB 1070 and REFUSE to have any more lawsuits over it.

Jason
Jason

"And nobody realizes that if the feds simply enforced the laws on the books none of this would be happening?"

Um, that's why the Obama administration has deported more illegals than any prior president. Seems to me that ICE is doing its job.

Operation Fast & Furious was started under Dubya. Don't forget that fact. If anything, we should be holding former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey's feet to the fire for creating this fiasco.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Jason, I agree. 1070 was an attempt I think to get the courts to decide if AZ could police immigration ... and a waste of our time, money, and put AZ at odds with many other states, cities and even some countries abroad.

Hrobster
Hrobster

When did you ever have anything to do with reality?

Hrobster
Hrobster

An "incompetent" Governor was re-elected----Democrat Headquarters official message.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

AND you think that most of us on the LEFT didn't know this? The whole law was put into place to try and pander to a bunch of idiots who don't realize that even "illegals" have rights in America.

Dlstebbi
Dlstebbi

 OOPS... didn't meet you today, I was thinking of someone else, sorry, but the rest of what I said was correct, lol. (Long day!)

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

all I know is that the nativist asshats that love to make fun of the people from back east, love to carry their firearms because they wouldn't LAST one second in the middle of Northeast Philly gun or no gun. I was fine in Northeast Philly when I got lost there when I was 21 and semi drunk. The reason? I didn't look at anyone and I left as quickly as possible.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Tina, the firearms are intended to make up for their ability to experience a "four hour event", even with the drugs. Not to mention that most of them have been told by their relationship partners all their adult lives, "Oh my gawd, it's SO cute".

And we wonder why they buy their socks in packages of three.

Hrobster
Hrobster

Nawwww, what's going on is that those Democrats have visted a totally Democrat controled state-- California. That was enough to scare the living Arizona daylights out of them.

Hrobster
Hrobster

Oh, yeahhhhhhhh........just like the "Federales kick the cartels asses, huh? Have you ever thought about stand up comedy?

Guest
Guest

Ahem, 'scuse you there Jason, please pull your head out of the liberal feed trough for only a second to realize my point is that THE FEDS are the problem - Not repub feds or dem feds, but ALL feds.
 I make the analogy to tea partiers getting the fast & furious guns because NOT ONE SINGLE LIBERAL / DEM SEEMS TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH GANG THUGS GETTING THEM!
 GW and his cronies started Op. Linebacker - Barry & Co. expanded that shit storm into F&F with a whole lot more of YOUR cash paying for it - and you still believe the deportation lies from the biggest public liar in the worlds history? Back to the trough for you boy.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

You know you're the laughingstock of the world when Ankara (the capital city of Turkey) blasts you. That is what happened with 1070.

Tuskers knew this going in and it took the DOJ suing Arizona to put it to an end.

But hey, now that the Flaccid Failure of MCSO can't enforce immigration law, maybe now sanity could return to Nazicopa County? (not)

Tina
Tina

Tommy, you lost me on your comment, particularly "their socks in packages of three."  You apparently are more learned than I about the unacceptable behavior problems and causes that were exhibited there on the capitol lawn at that press conference?  Did you mean, "to make up for their INability to experience..."?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yer an idiot if you think I believe one word you said. I know one of those "Feds" in question that is busy working on the investigation into F&F and from what he has been allowed to tell me is that he was able to confirm that it was started under Dubya AND his staff is to blame for it mostly. (not all but mostly).

As for your retarded assertion that I wanted guns to go to thugs you are sadly mistaken. If it as up to me, all guns would go away, and we would have NO more murders by asshats with guns.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Jason, it probably never will. I have had a few people I know on-line who live in other countries ask me why AZ is so stupid and how they can enact (or try to enact) such stupid laws. (NB for the racists, they aren't from Mexico, one was Canadian, a few were from Europe, and one was from Australia)

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