We here at the Hell’s Half-Acre Ranch have been following avidly the alternately sarcastic and disbelieving commentary on what I call Arizona’s Fugitive Immigrant Act (SB 1070) by GayProf at Center of Gravitas and Big Tent Democrat at TalkLeft over the past few weeks. Yes, this is the law that gives state and local law enforcement in Arizona to apprehend and detain anyone suspected of being an “illegal” immigrant, and makes it a crime not to carry one’s freedom papersimmigration documents or proof of U.S. citizenship. This linky round-up is overdue, so I’ll pass along some highlights:
- GayProf illuminates the connections between this law and Arizona’s history as a state overtaken by swarms of fugitive Confederates during the U.S. Civil War. He explains how Arizona has been itself a construction of the conservative imaginary throughout its history, an imaginary in which the histories of Mexico and the U.S. have absolutely nothing to do with one another.
- In another brilliant move, “[t]he Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English.” Big Tent Democrat asks, “Does the State of Arizona employ any attorneys? . . . This is simply illegal. Someone in Arizona may want to review Title VII. And Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Laws. The geniuses running Arizona seem intent on bankrupting the state.”
- BTD also has offered interesting ongoing commentary on the question of boycotting travel to Arizona, and in particular, the efforts to yank the All-Star Game out of Phoenix next year. To those who oppose the “politicization” of professional sports, he asks, “Should Branch Rickey Have Signed Jackie Robinson?” He pans the Governor’s complaints about the proposed sports boycotts in “Memo to Jan Brewer: Boycotts Work, Ask Rosa Parks.”
- GayProf dreams of a world without an Arizona, and selfishly withholds his recipe for his new fave cocktail, the Tequila Gimlet.
Ugh. Enough with the Civil War legislative re-enactments already, people! The U.S. Constitution applies to all people in the U.S., not just citizens of the U.S. Why do some Arizonans hate the Constitution? Why do they hate the values of our “Founding Fathers?” Why do they hate America?