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