FRFI 215 June/July 2010
On 23 April, Governor Jan Brewer signed into law SB 1070, a draconian bill attacking the Hispanic community. One third of
The Act goes on to threaten anybody prohibiting or restricting communication of information about someone’s immigration status with a daily fine of between $1,000 and $5,000. Employers of undocumented workers face severe penalties. It is illegal to hire day labourers or to transport anyone who is undocumented. Anyone undocumented is guilty of trespass if present ‘on any private or public land’ ie anywhere in the State; their vehicles can be seized and confiscated. All proceeds will be handed over to the ‘Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team’, on the racist assumption that the undocumented are responsible for most crimes.
On 11 May, Governor Bower signed HB2281 into law, which makes it illegal to teach in public schools any courses which ‘promote the overthrow of the United States government, promote resentment toward a race or class of people, are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity’. In blatant pandering to Zionism, the Act specifically states that ‘nothing in this section shall be construed to restrict or prohibit the instruction of the Holocaust’. No such exemption for slavery, the holocaust visited on Native Americans, lynching and other such activities of the legislators’ ancestors.
Part of the sweeping tide of racism is an effort by the State Department of Education to remove teachers from teaching English if they have ‘heavy accents’ or don’t pronounce words to the auditors’ satisfaction. This move is not only racist, it’s ridiculous:
There have been swift and numerous protests with arrests and possible deportations. The Phoenix Suns basketball team have made a special point of wearing ‘Los Suns’ shirts during their matches. On 1 May, in
President Obama, who promised Latino voters that he would regularize the position of undocumented migrants, has shown where he stands by delaying immigration reform and sending 1,200 National Guard troops to the US/Mexico border.
The stinking hypocrisy displayed toward the mass of undocumented immigrants should be compared to the welcome shown to illegal Cuban immigrants, who, unlike other immigrants, are immediately eligible for Medicaid, housing assistance, lump sum cash assistance, food stamps, Federal grants, unemployment benefits, a host of other social services as well as being permitted to work. After just one year, they are eligible to become permanent residents without needing a job or other sponsorship – a process that takes legal migrants years. Worse, these ‘refugees’ from supposed ‘repression’ are legally allowed to visit