Arizona’s Next Step: Explicitly Targeting Latino Citizens

Supporters of Arizona SB 1070, the controversial immigration bill that grants police broad authority to detain anyone “suspected” of being in the country illegally took great offense to the suggestion that the bill was racially motivated.  They insisted, even after evidence surfaced that the author Senator Russell Pearce (R) was an open supporter of neo-fascist groups, that the bill was in no way tied to a blanket bias against Latinos.  Now Sen. Pearce, no doubt inspired by what he sees as success in the passage of SB 1070, has decided it’s time to make his racism explicit and announced plans to push for legislation to deny citizenship to children of undocmented immigrants born in the United States.  Just what will these supporters say now?

Pearce plans to move forward with this legislation despite the fact that it flies in the face of the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent.  The 14 Amendment clearly and specifically states that “[a]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State where they reside.”  If there was ever any doubt as to whether the 14th Amendment applied to children born of undocumented persons the Supreme Court swiftly put that doubt to rest in United States v. Wong Kim Ark when it held that anyone born in the United States would be a citizen regardless of their parents’ nationality.

Pearce and his supporters refer to children born in the United States to undocumented persons “anchor babies” a racially charged term used to dehumanize legal U.S. citizens.  One of the emails circulating in connection with the legislation illustrates just how racist and offensive this group of purported law-makers really are: “[i]f we are going to have an effect on the anchor baby racket, we need to target the mother.  Call it sexist, but that’s the way nature made it.  Men don’t drop anchor babies, illegal alien mothers do.”  Nice.

I wish I could say that this was some sort of anti-Latino fever contained within the borders of Arizona, but unfortunately it is not.  Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has already come out in support of federal measures for the same kind of citizenship stripping, arguing essentially that he doesn’t care at all what the 14th Amendment states.  For politicians who like to wave the Constitution around like a hanky, it’s getting pretty clear they’ve never actually given it a read.

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Cheryl M.
Cheryl M.6 years ago

My grandson was a senior in high school when he joined the U.S. Army on the delay program. He graduated high school and went into the Army. He served 4 years, 15 months of that in Iraq. When he left the Army he tried to get a job with Border Patrol. He didn't. And his father-in-law is with ICE. He went to truck driving school to learn how to drive a truck in the U.S. after he had driven big stuff in Iraq. He could not support his family driving truck across USA so he went back into the Army. He will get to serve in the States, but nowhere near Arizona. He's a good lad, fair and honest. Also, very white, but gosh, he has friends who are men, women, Hispanic, brown, black, yellow, Native American, gay and lesbian. He is a very good dad and very good husband. He has no answers and neither do I. He just wants to support his little family because, he says, that's what a man does. He also said he would protect the border if called on to do so. He also would not shoot someone just because they have a different color of skin.

JULIE C.6 years ago

Jessica, I've decided you do nothing better than promote IGNORANCE. Afterall, I have yet to see you print the TRUTH, you're more concerned w/ making an impact using LIES.

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Ken G.
Ken G.6 years ago

Eric Pearce, the man behind the Immigration bill in Arizona is a former lawman as is his son. The bill got put into law after his son was shot by an illegal immigrant. While I hear many protesting and boycotting Arizona because of this law I watched the riot in LA last night after their team won the NBA championship. Cars were burning and I seen one guy trying to kick in car windows. Yet LA is a city that voted to boycott AZ because of our immigration law.
Then we've had organized protesting here where the people voiced their opinions how they brought their own food plus an organizer of the protests found an industrial building for many of the protesters to sleep in. Sleeping in that building is illegal plus sleeping in their cars is also questionable. So these people think nothing about the taxpayers paying for extra police serving duty while they boycott AZ plus what do they do when it come to going to the bathroom. That to me is extra expense for a bunch of cry babies.
Even the federal government who has totally neglected representing people, not only in AZ, but the entire US is searching for ways to sue AZ. Mexico's president recently brought up how the US doesn't do anything to stop the drug use here which makes it harder for Mexico to deal with the drug cartels. Obama is going to send 1200 troops to the border yet in S. Korea we've got 28,500 troops at their border. No, AZ isn't targeting one race of people. AZ is accepting responsibility and accountability.

robert p.
robert p.6 years ago

Delana Darrow
NO JUST THE OPPOSITE ARIZONA IS REGAINING CONTROL OF AN UNCOTROLED SITUATION. they blew it up in the feds faces, now their all running around like headless chickens,cause the news is really out now. i love it!!

Delana Darrow
Delana Darrow6 years ago

Our govermeant needs to step in now and get a handle on this by working togeather and passing real imagration reform before we've got a tradgey on our hands,Arizonia is out of control..

Inez Deborah Altar

It might be un-Constitutional, they should see about that

robert p.
robert p.6 years ago

wow and your from California im really impressed.

robert p.
robert p.6 years ago

Brandon L. thank you! proud to call you a fellow American. wish more hispanics that felt this way would post. polls show this how the majority feel.

Brandon L.
Brandon L.6 years ago

I'm of latino descent, but I support this bill, it needs to be supported. If you've read the bill, this "suspicion" involves criminal acts, upon which such as traffic violations a police officer can ask for identification, if they don't well then we got a problem. Illegals cause uncontrolled trafficing of drugs, they cause wages to be lowered, they don't pay taxes but take much money from benefit of them, they cause kid nap and murder rates to increase dramatically. I'm an American first, and I can tell Illegal immigration is bad, it's term says all you need to know.

bob m.
bob m.6 years ago

Patricia McAskill. Re; 12:27 note.
Seems a calculated movement with purpose and direction.
Sadly; your perception is right on.