Bill Montgomery's Victims Rot in Jail, While Arizona Republic Praises His Hypocrisy on Immigration Reform
Relatives of those victimized by Montgomery: from left, Julia Ojeda, Paulina Lopez, Miriam Lopez, and Arletta Juarez
Now, a news flash from inside the stultifying atmosphere of the Arizona Republic's editorial bubble:
Hypocrisy is a good thing.
Particularly as practiced by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
-Joe Arpaio, Bill Montgomery Lose Again: Undocumented Worker Found "Not Guilty"
-Bill Montgomery's Deaf Victim Diana Blanco Honored by Las Cafeteras
-Bill Montgomery's Victims Plead Not Guilty En Masse as Their Children Weep
-Bill Montgomery Is No Immigration Moderate
-The MCAO Follows ICE's Blueprint for Separating Immigrant Families
See, on the verge of some sort of immigration reform bill being introduced in Congress, the Arizona Republic recently published an unsigned opinion piece praising this state (and, by extension, itself) for "leading the way" on immigration reform.
"Leading the way"? Really? The state that brought you ethnic-cleansing law Senate Bill 1070, convicted kid-killer and minutewoman Shawna Forde, neo-Nazi baby-killer J.T. Ready, and Ready's ex-bud, recalled ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce?
Yep, Arizona sure did lead the way. The Grand Canyon State was for self-deportation long before that loser Mitt Romney jumped on the sinking ship.
Why, I can see the special license plates now: "Arizona, First in Hate," emblazoned upon an illustration of a fiery cross.
But, the Rep, more interested in civic boosterism than reality, wants to accentuate the positive. So it brags that our two U.S. senators are part of the "Gang of Eight," who soon will be pimping an immigration reform package.
John McCain's "dang fence," among other things that don't quite fit this PR narrative, are conveniently forgotten.
Like the time McCain blamed Arizona wildfires on migrants crossing the desert.
Hey, why remind folks of Sand Land's nasty recent past, which is still a nasty present for almost all of the undocumented here?
The Republic also offers Montgomery as an example of conservative Republicans seeing the light.
Our local fish wrap cites Monty's support for the so-called SANE initiative, a local version of comprehensive immigration reform, and holds him up as an example of how things are changing.
"Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery shows how a conservative can be a positive voice for reform without compromising dedication to the rule of law," the editorial states. "Consider the contrast with his predecessor, Andrew Thomas, who used the immigration issue to win political advantage by scaring people."
Thing is, as I've demonstrated many times already, Montgomery is pursuing the same nefarious policy as Thomas of overcharging undocumented workers with class four felonies, so as to hold them nonbondable and coerce guilty pleas, which will then make them deportable.