John McCain, Fellow Republicans, Scurry Like Rats To Embrace Immigration Reform

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Whenever Sheriff Joe wants to hug a Mexican, remember this b.s. from 2009...

But what bothers me is what bothers Pablo Alvarado, Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, who in a just-released statement demanded a halt to all deportations while the work on CIR moves forward.

"Until deportations stop," Alvarado said, "President Obama is in the impossible position of deporting the very people he is ostensibly trying to bring into citizenship."

I agree. The pogroms against the undocumented must end.

I'm also concerned with this paragraph, and the possibility of who may be participating in what it describes:

"Our legislation will create a commission comprised of governors, attorneys general, and community leaders living along the Southwest border to monitor the progress of securing our border and to make a recommendation regarding when the bill's security measures outlined in the legislation are completed."

Interesting. Now who, I wonder, will get to sit on this commission. Outright bigots like Governor Jan Brewer? Or maybe McCain could give his old pal, illegal immigrant-diddler and hypocrite extraordinaire Babeu a call?

Then there's Attorney General Tom Horne insincere opponent of Mexican-American studies, and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who feigns interest in immigration reform, while he prosecutes immigrants for "smuggling" themselves into the country, and for using fake identification to obtain work.

Maybe they'll be available for a seat on the commission.

And I haven't even mentioned their fellow GOPer, the much beloved (by nativists) Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who once marched shackled illegal immigrants to a segregated area of his Tent City before assembled reporters.

So now, Joe is interested in meeting with Hispanic leaders, while he continues to raid businesses and nab illegal employees, leaving the business owners be (natch).

See, Republicans from McCain on down have gotten the lesson of this last election, where 71 percent of Latino voters supported President Obama. And now they're all scurrying like rats, eager to embrace some form of CIR, or at least to be seen as something other than the xenophobic opportunists that they are.

In McCain's case, he's flip-flopped all over the issue, but at least he supported CIR in the not-too distant past, before he had to shore up his right flank for re-election. Perhaps McCain, though undeserving, should get a pass, though not without some needling over his pandering to nativists heretofore.

The others? They should be held politically accountable for their support of racists, racist laws, and hateful policies aimed at persecuting Hispanics. They should not be part of any "commission," nor any discussions leading to CIR.

Pro-immigrant forces should protest any effort to include these prejudice-inciting pols. For these haters, there should be no pardon, no amnesty. Only shame and derision for the rest of their days.

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MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

What is twice disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce's view on this? After all, he's the king of Hispanic-hating.

ghost
ghost

why would dreamers ever vote gop?  deficits don't matter any more, increase government spending wherever you need votes.

mtbazhiker
mtbazhiker

Pathetic, yellow journalism at its worst. Congratulations Lemmons! Pfft, who needs a journalism degree.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest

So how long have you been following politics? I understand why you feel McCain and Flake are whores, but where is the righteous indignation toward Obama's "evolution" on gay rights? Why didn't his first inaugural speech sound the call for equal protection of the law for ALL wanting to get married?

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

The border will only be secure when the GOP candidates have milked the issue for its final maximum political gain. (read Brewer and Flake, and the Senile Old Coot) It has nothing to do with actual security. Has any of these knuckleheads ever walked the border from Douglas to Nogales or in Yuma county, along the bombing range to San Luis? It is long, long, long, and very rugged. And unless you want the Berlin Wall with moats, multiple barb wire fences, manned watch towers every 1000 feet and tank berms, (with each tea party member's share of taxes paying for all of it clearly shown) it will always have some open places

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

Lizard man McCain actually duped the rabid cesspool of the far right, by pretending that he's cuddling up to anti-immigrant national spokesholes like "Studboi1". Of course, for re-election purposes. His flip-flopping tricks always seemed to work. Now he's back in the moderate wing of the political spectrum. If he's seen as a hypocrite of sorts, its those in the fringe he's betrayed. He never lived up to his word of "securing the border!!!" He did nothing about the border. And that alone should anger the Tea Krauts, not us.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

McCain and the other Republicans are getting their asses handed to them and I'm loving it.

Now they're desperate to win the sorely needed Latino vote if they want to remain politically relevant ( think twice disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic, and mentally sick Pearce).

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Mr Stern,


While I applaud your efforts to point out to the people of Arizona what corrupt, fear driven and incompetent people they elect to public office, I am thoroughly convinced that your efforts are pointless.

After spending 30 yeats in Arizona and seeing the likes of Brewer, Arpaio. Horne, Hull, Grosscost, Symington and Mecham elected in election after election, I can only come to one conclusion.


The people of Arizona are just as corrupt, fear driven and incompetent as the people they continually elect.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@jonnyquest He probably felt that, after being married to Michelle, he did not want to make it any easier than necessary for others to go thru that kind of hell.  But, why shouldn't gays be allowed to marry and be as miserable as the rest of us?

MotherJones
MotherJones

@jonnyquest You're right, but that doesn't makehim wrong. He probably agrees with you.

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

@shadeaux14I don't know that the AZ electorate is corrupt. On the whole ignorant, paranoid, and ethnocentric, I'd go along with that.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest

@bob_lablaw96 @jonnyquest I shouldn't have to ask the government for permission and approval to enter a relationship. The social conservatives damn the government for all other intrusions and then insist we ask its permission for something so basic.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest

@MotherJones Stephen's voice would be MUCH stronger if he held all polititions to the same standard. CIF is so important. It would fix so many wrongs. I think McCain and Flake can help and should be encouraged. It's a start.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@jonnyquest there are some people who shldnt get a pass on their evil deeds and words: Pearce, Brewer, Horne, Arpaio, etc. 

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