Thanks to a document dump by the ACLU, we can confirm that Arizona’s “papers please” immigration law was racially motivated.
As reported by ThinkProgress, the ACLU of Arizona acquired thousands of emails from recalled Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce (R) that go right to the heart of the claims of racism that have dogged the bill from its inception.
Here’s a sample of what the emails showed:
• Last week, Denver’s illegal aliens sang our national anthem in Spanish and bastardized the words of OUR country’s most sacred song.
• Battles commence as Mexican nationalists struggle to infuse their men into American government and strengthen control over their strongholds. One look at Los Angeles with its Mexican-American mayor shows you Vincente Fox’s general Varigossa commanding an American city.
• They create enclaves of separate groups that shall balkanize our nation into fractured nightmares of social unrest and poverty.
• Corruption is the mechanism by which Mexico operates. Its people spawn more corruption wherever they go because it is their only known way of life.
• Tough, nasty illegals and their advocates grow in such numbers that law and order will not subdue them. They run us out of our cities and states. They conquer our language and our schools. They render havoc and chaos in our schools.
• We are much like the Titanic as we inbreed millions of Mexico’s poor, the world’s poor and we watch our country sink.
And best of all, this:
Factual is not racial. Realism is not racism. The new definition of racist is anyone winning an argument with a liberal, minority, pacifist, bible banger, or moron.
These emails are important not simply to make the case to the public about the ill-will of the law, but to convince a federal judge to strike the “show me your papers” portion of the law. The ACLU filed suit challenging that portion of the law as discriminatory after the Supreme Court addressed the issues of federal-state power earlier this summer.
Now would be a good time to remind folks that Mitt Romney’s chief adviser on immigration policy is also the legal brains behind SB 1070 and its copycats.
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