Bill Montgomery Insults Undocumented Hispanics in PSAs, Then Seeks Their Help
So what do you do if you're in law enforcement and you want someone's help catching and prosecuting bad guys?
If you're Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, you start off with an insult.
That's what Monty does in new public service announcements he's rolling out in Spanish and English, aimed at undocumented Hispanics.
The ads feature Latino couples, kids, dancers, and Monty himself, speaking Spanish, in an open collar, like he's trying to ape The Most Interesting Man in the World.
Only this is no Dos Equis commercial.
Bill Montgomery: Sure I helped deport your mom, now I need you to stop being selfish and come out of the shadows...
"It's easy to stay in the shadows, to stay quiet and mind your own business and don't get involved," he tells the people he's persecuted and prosecuted with the assistance of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
See, being undocumented is a piece of cake in Arizona. You aliens without papers don't know how lucky you got it.
"But there's something more important," Monty continues, "something that's greater than each one of us. That something is our community."
Which is why Monty has been prosecuting dishwashers and cleaning ladies arrested in Arpaio's anti-immigrant raids of businesses. Because busting up Latino families is good for communities.
"We don't stand for crime," Monty tells the camera. "Crime gets reported. When you report crime, your immigration status doesn't matter. That's the law."
That's a new one on me, since in 2010, when Senate Bill 1070 was being debated, critics persistently pointed out that there was no exception made for victims, only to be dismissed by the likes of now-recalled and disgraced state Senator Russell Pearce.
So I fired off an email to Monty's flack Jerry Cobb, asking the law Monty's citing.
Cobb referred me to SB 1070, section 2b, the section that requires cops to inquire into the immigration status of those they come in contact with, if police have reasonable suspicion to believe these individuals are in the country illegally.