Friday, April 23, 2010

God does not like this

Our neighboring state of Arizona has waded into the deep end of the racist pool:
Key provisions of Arizona's immigration legislation, signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday:
_ Makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally by specifically requiring immigrants to have proof of their immigration status. Violations are a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Repeat offenses would be a felony.
_ Requires police officers to "make a reasonable attempt" to determine the immigration status of a person if there is a "reasonable suspicion" that he or she is an illegal immigrant. Race, color or national origin may not be the only things considered in implementation. Exceptions can be made if the attempt would hinder an investigation.
_ Allow lawsuits against local or state government agencies that have policies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws. Would impose daily civil fines of $1,000-$5,000. There is pending follow-up legislation to halve the minimum to $500.
--Associated Press

Allow me to cite my authority for saying God does not like this:

One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
--Exodus 12:49

Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.
--Leviticus 24:22

One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.
--Numbers 15:16

Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.
--Numbers 15:29

As Stephen Colbert so aptly observes:
Harassing Latinos with racial profiling isn't an inevitable side effect of Arizona's anti-immigration law -- it's the entire point.

The Colbert Report

--the BB


Fran said...

This infuriates me.

Paul said...

We have always had nasty streaks in us but this nation is overtly becoming a meaner and uglier place each day. It should be a scandal of the highest order.

Fran said...

It is like the Reich.

Paul said...

Leider hast du recht, Fran. (Sadly you are right, Fran.) When I first heard about this as pending legislation I imagined - what would be the equivalent of the yellow Star of David? - an eagle and serpent with the word "mojado" (wetback) emblazoned on it born on the shoulder of every person in Arizona with brown skin. Next comes the NAFTA = Dochstossel theme. Instead of comparing Jews to vermin we have Latinos compared to cockroaches. Really. We are only steps away from this thinking and I would not be surprised if some are already there. Godwin's Law notwithstanding, we are living in very ugly times.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Amen, dear Brother!