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Buy Arizona, Boycott San Francisco

Original post made by John, another community, on Apr 29, 2010

Arizona is doing the only rational thing it can do, since the federal government is purposely ignoring the immigration problem. We need a similar law in California. Gavin Newsome is whining and threatening a boycot against Arizona. I say boycott San Francisco...if the shoe fits....

Arizona will probably GAIN business activity, and San Francisco could care less if it loses business, because it is anti-business to begin with. The majority of Americans are with Arizona.

If you live near San Francisco, as I used to, avoid going there. Who knows, maybe it will force SF to wake up to reality.

Comments (44)

Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm

If you want to see the invasion first hand, watch some of these videos.

Web Link

qq


Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm

It seems to me it is not up to city governments to comment on the bills of other states, or take stands on various issues. Surely San Francisco has enough problems of her own to deal with.

And I fail to understand the hysteria over this new law. Some are even comparing it to Nazi Germany! Just absurd.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Not that it means anything any more, but the constitution sez no-no on interstate trade barriers.


Posted by John
a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm

The Gallup poll indicates that Americans like this new AZ law, by a wide margin.

Web Link

The hysterical left is in its own echo chamber, and it is probably going to get bit in the butt.


Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm

"Not that it means anything any more, but the constitution sez no-no on interstate trade barriers."

It doesn't say states must trade with one another, either. Likewise cities. Free country and all that.

But I really gotta wonder why John's so anxious to buy stuff made or grown in Arizona with "illegal" labor, or to go rent a Phoenix hotel room cleaned by same. Oh, yeah, they'll be there. Arpaio and his minions will put up a show to entertain their base, but they know how their bread gets buttered. Literally.

And what's all the immigration fuss, anyway? These people are coming here to take jobs on the free market, which ought to warm the cockles of any conservative heart. After all, how many blue-eyed blonde native-born Tea-Party-eligible Americans are they displacing from the Salinas Valley farm labor market?

Laws restricting immigration are just government interference with free market functions. True conservatives would fight against them far harder than any liberal ever would. Or are those dark skins and the Spanish trumping those rather dry, more intellectual conservative principles?


Posted by regular parent
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I never been to Arizona, and I wish them good luck. but there is no City like San Francisco to visit or shopping or to eat. SF is the Number One tourist destination in California. When was the last time you have been to pier 39, or Academy of Science, the De-Young? just ride a quadruple bike at GGP, Lombard Street, Sutro Restaurant and took a picture with your visiting relatives from oklahoma? brought the kids or Grandkids to the spreckels lake at GGP to see a model boat running 100 miles an hour? and another million things to do in the CITY. There is no City like San Francisco.


Posted by geez
a resident of Meadow Park
on Apr 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm

We are in an era where folks who know absolutely nothing about somebody else feel free to judge them...dingbats put "bad bad" signs on SUVs, having no clue why the person has them..."bad bad" on folks who buy at McDonalds, having no clue what the health of the person is ( maybe they ran a marathon that day?)...etc.. Seems to me the only folks saying "bad bad' are on the left, and then they want to regulate the "bad bads" to the max.

But, gosh..let's not 'regulate" and say "bad bad" to anyone who is here without being legally here!! Obviously we all understand the need to survive, and go wherever one can to give our kids a better life or survive.................at the same time, there isn't a single person here who would be shocked to not be allowed entry into another country without the right papers!



geez.


Posted by John
a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm

"Laws restricting immigration are just government interference with free market functions"

The critical word in your screed, "Paul", is "laws". Yes, Paul, there are LAWS against undocumented immigration...that is what makes it illegal. There are laws against slavery, too, even though an absolute free market would allow it. Slavery is illegal because there are overriding legal and moral issues that trump profit. It is ironic that some liberals don't seem to mind that illegals work for slave wages. It is obvious that liberals don't give a damn about our nation maintaining our borders.

The majority of people in this country get it, even though Paul and his liberal friends do not. Arizona did the right thing, and the county backs them.

Boycott San Francisco.


Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I can't stand the pompous nonsensical grandstanding of San Francisco politicians (Gavin Newsom in particular). They just want to get on TV/radio. Meanwhile, crime is rampant in San Francisco and one cannot exactly say the city is managed in a very responsible manner. I suggest they refrain from posturing over the Arizona law.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 29, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

States may not erect trade barriers, Bucky. And states are compelled to uphold contracts. When me and mine came to California in '36, blue eyes and all, we welcomed "prune pickin'" jobs. While we were hardly welcomed, we were legal.
I usta wonder why Jews bought VWs, but there's no accounting. The punishment for knowingly employing illegals should be exactly the same as for authorizing aid to them.


Posted by Not in my back yard
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Did you notice that George W. Bush got the wall/fence built between Texas and Mexico before he left office but left Arizona with only a non-performing virtual/cyber fence?


Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2010 at 12:14 am

Arizona just shot way up on my list of potential retirement places as a result of this.

I'll have to give them a few years, but if they are successful in running the illegals out, taxes will go down. Crime will go down. Service level standards in the industries illegals used to dominate will go up.

And best of all, hopefully those people who now want to boycott Arizona will continue to do so.


Posted by geez
a resident of Meadow Park
on Apr 30, 2010 at 6:06 am

Now if they can just replace McCain, good guy that he is but whose left of JFK govt function beliefs helped destroy his State and the USA, AZ will be sitting pretty...

BTW, to whoever said "Bush" didn't get the wall built in AZ..please note McCain fought the wall tooth and nail...He and Graham were co-authors of the last immigration bill that went down in flames because it did nothing to stop the uninvited guests from walking into the house in the first place.

Those of us who have entered here legally are appalled at what has happened to our illegal immigration policy. Some what to keep it as is for cheap labor to exploit, and some want to keep it as it is for illegal votes...in either case, both parties have used the American goodness of heart and wallet to their own advantage, and I, for one..am completely fed up.

Shut the borders, deport anyone caught busted for breaking a law who is here illegally ( which is the AZ law, by the way), put on the path of citizenship those who have been here x number of years as otherwise law abiding and hard working people.

And for Pete's sake, go back to ONE citizenship per person...force folks to CHOOSE their loyalties. This dual citizenship is like a polygamous marriage, how do you choose which country's interests to support?



Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 30, 2010 at 6:23 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

A single strand fence with signs is enough. Eliminate inadvertent crossings and punish the rest.


Posted by Whine, whine, whine
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

"The Gallup poll indicates that Americans like this new AZ law, by a wide margin."
Not sure I would consider 12& a wide margin, but anyway laws are not always decided by popular vote. They must pass certain tests, i.e. constitutionality etc.

If Arizona had cracked down on the businesses that used illegal immigrants years ago they would not be facing the problem now. The state did not for fear of upsetting wealthy business owners who depend on cheap labor.

This law smells of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia (remember the Germans supported the anti-jewish laws in Germany by a large margin--so some things never change)

Even law enforcement officials in Arizona are against this law--hardly all of them are "liberals".

BTW, why does Walter Wallis feel the need to denigrate those he disagrees with--he uses the term Bucky to address people who dare to disagree with him. Is he that insecure in his beliefs that he feels that insults will do the trick or is he just a devoted, worshipful acolyte of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck? who knows? Who really cares.


Posted by John
a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

"Not sure I would consider 12& a wide margin"

If a presidental candidate won by 12% it would be called a landslide.

The illegal alien issue is about jobs, cheap labor, exploitation, social burdens, worker displacement, sanctuary cities, Democratic votes, crime, intimidation, etc. There is blame to go around. However, it is water under the bridge at this point...it IS going to be stopped. Arizona is the the tip of spear.

Boycott San Francisco


Posted by Whine, whine, whine
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

"If a presidental candidate won by 12% it would be called a landslide."
That is correct, John, but majority of any kind does not necessarily mean that a law is good or constitutional. California has plenty of experience with that fact and it's initiative driven laws. Also note that 50% of the people do not support the law

Feel free to boycott SF, I am sure they will do just fine without your few pennies.


Posted by My grandparents were immigrants, legally
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2010 at 10:58 am

Not in my backyard: Maybe Bush knew he couldn't get an immigration bill passed so decided to at least protect his home state - common sense. Has the wall helped Texas combat illegal immigration?

I feel sorry for these folks who just want a better life, but enraged when they can't make it here so they turn to a life of crime. There are many illegals who work hard and contribute to America. But there should be a law forcing everyone to become legal and I applaud the AZ governor for having the guts to sign the law since govt. has not addressed it.

English should be the language of America. The least an immigrant can do to show their appreciation of the opportunities in America is learn the language. If I moved to another country, I would try my darndest to learn their language. Spanish should not be allowed to be printed on documents and grocery products, enabling Spanish speakers. Store signs should have to be written in English. It's when strip malls have stores with no English in sight, that resentment begins.

My grandma could only speak limited English because she came over at such an old age. But she still went to vote, through having a friend translate for her. She appreciated becoming an American citizen and felt it was her duty to vote. Too many people do not appreciate living here. Kudos to Governor Schwarzenegger for stating his gratitude on Jay Leno last night.


Posted by Get a clue, folks...
a resident of Meadow Park
on Apr 30, 2010 at 7:03 pm

My father was an immigrant...I am a first generation African American. Gosh..and darn...somehow he didn't get frustrated and turn into a life of crime!! He came here legally.

I had to choose my citizenship from 3 choices when I was 21..I proudly and unequivocally chose the USA. I was proud of this country and believed (still do) in its founding principles.

Open borders and codependent support of crime and bad folks is not a founding principle...

Open your eyes, folks. just cuz' you're poor doesn't give you a moral pass!! Just cuz you're poor and here illegally doesn't give you MORE of a pass! Was a time when here illegally really meant here picking crops and doing hard labor..and raising good kids.

Those days are gone for a lot of "immigrants" (drug dealers).

FACTS ABOUT AZ Illegal alien immigration!!!!

1. 1 out of 13 residents in AZ are illegal aliens
2. 20.3% of all latinos in AZ are illegal aliens
3. Maryvale is 75% latino and has 1/3 of ALL the violent crime in Phoenix
4. Arizona is #1 in kidnappings
5. Arizona is #1 in confiscated drugs
6. Arizona is #1 in illegal alien border crossings
7. Arizona is #1 in home invasions
8. Arizona is #1 in drop houses
9. Since 1988, illegal aliens have killed police officers Kenneth Collins, Marc Atkinson, BP Agent Paul Epling, BP Agent Alexander Kirpnick, Robert Sitek, Nick Erfle, and Nanuma Lavulavu (alledgedly, still an active investigation)
10. Arizona is #1 is identity theft/stolen SS#s

4/30/10 Pinal County Sheriff Deputy was shot with an illegal alien w/ an assault rilfe


FACTS ABOUT AZ Illegal alien immigration!!!!

1. 1 out of 13 residents in AZ are illegal aliens
2. 20.3% of all latinos in AZ are illegal aliens
3. Maryvale is 75% latino and has 1/3 of ALL the violent crime in Phoenix
4. Arizona is #1 in kidnappings
5. Arizona is #1 in confiscated drugs
6. Arizona is #1 in illegal alien border crossings
7. Arizona is #1 in home invasions
8. Arizona is #1 in drop houses
9. Since 1988, illegal aliens have killed police officers Kenneth Collins, Marc Atkinson, BP Agent Paul Epling, BP Agent Alexander Kirpnick, Robert Sitek, Nick Erfle, and Nanuma Lavulavu (alledgedly, still an active investigation)
10. Arizona is #1 is identity theft/stolen SS#s

4/30/10 Pinal County Sheriff Deputy was shot with an illegal alien w/ an assault rilfe


Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2010 at 8:10 pm

The "legal immigration" policy that made this country the greatest, freest, and most envied in the world was seeking the "best and brightest" to assimilate and build our new country.

The de-facto illegal immigration policy of today is to accept what Mexico considers the "worst and most useless" of their horribly over-populated country. Mexico actively encourages these unwanted people to leave for the USA.

Is it any surprise that this de-facto policy has generated an atmosphere of racism? When the garbage another country doesn't want is all you see, well generalizations toward all Mexicans will naturally occur. It's just human nature.


Posted by It's still illegal
a resident of Egan Middle School (Los Altos)
on Apr 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm

"generalizations toward all Mexicans will naturally occur."

This is still illegal in the US, whether natural or not.

And the Arizona law respects that illegality, while trying to deal with the source of the problem.






Posted by Get a clue, folks...
a resident of Meadow Park
on Apr 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Outside Observer: That is why most of us here legally are opposed to the illegal trash that has been pouring into this country lately.

They paint us all with the same brush.

If you want open borders, put your money where your mouth is and leave your door to your home open with a big sign "free room for anyone who wants it"..

Stop illegal migration... Mexico has to shape up and deal with its problems.


Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm

To "It's Still Illegal" and "Get a clue, folks",

You take me wrong in one respect. I am totally opposed to illegal immigration. I raised this point to show exactly what "Get a clue" said: "They paint us all with the same brush".


Posted by Get a clue, folks...
a resident of Meadow Park
on May 1, 2010 at 3:31 am

To Outside Observer: Yes, I think we are in agreement. I am not sure how I took you wrong. It is the "illegally here" or "undocumented" part that is the problem, not the immigrants who are here through legal channels.

Changing the legal channels is another, and separate, issue and one which SHOULD be addressed, but one which keeps getting confused with and deleted by the illegal issue.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 1, 2010 at 8:40 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

"BTW, why does Walter Wallis feel the need to denigrate those he disagrees with--he uses the term Bucky to address people who dare to disagree with him. Is he that insecure in his beliefs that he feels that insults will do the trick or is he just a devoted, worshipful acolyte of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck? who knows? Who really cares."
Well, Bucky, Bucky is a generic term of affection for all those heroes who attack me behind the cloak of anonymity.
I admit to an affection for Rush since he started out on KFBK, since KFBK was my first broadcast appearance singing lead in "The Caravan" in 1944. Beck is a bit strident for these old ears, but congruent with my views. My gurus were Kipling, Heinlein, Hoffer, Twain and Orwell. My opinions are mine alone.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

I remember when 7 Mexicans were thrown out of a Frisco bar. They got a bucket of gas from a local station, tossed it in though the door and lit it. They were found guilty and sentenced to death. they immediately started calling themselves Los siete de la Raza, as if their race had anything to do with their guilt. It worked for them.


Posted by Bucky
a resident of another community
on May 1, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Walter-- you have admitted to posting anonymously at some point. Anyway why do you feel that people have to identify themselves? I would not feel comfortable having you know my identity. But at least you admit that you do denigrate people. Sad statement about you, bucky.


Posted by momento
a resident of Barron Park
on May 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Walter,

Your memory fails you. Google Los siete de la Raza.


Posted by geez
a resident of Meadow Park
on May 2, 2010 at 5:08 am

Momento, your google fails you. Try reading the real history, not the first link of revisionism.

BTW, when did "bucky" ever become insulting? If I say, "hey pal", am I now at risk of insulting folks?

geez


Posted by A real vet
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 2, 2010 at 7:49 am

What is sad is that Walter, who claims to be a veteran, does not understand one of the basic concepts of our democracy--freedom of speech and the right to criticize anonymously.
Has anyone actually seen any proof that he really served? Or that he actually served our country and not some dictatorship--because it sounds to me that he is against free speech. Note also that he has no problem with people whi agree with him anonymously--double standard? Hypocrisy?
I also see that he calls those people "heroes"--surely he does not consider himself to be a hero. Looks like a lonely old man, reminiscing about made up glory days, is trolling this forum.


Posted by Momento
a resident of Barron Park
on May 2, 2010 at 8:43 am

geez,

Your everything fails you. Revision, vision, devision, and no-vision are all agreed that your account is waaay off? Maybe you're remembering something else?


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

I make no claim to hero status. I was just an often scared, albeit volunteer infantryman [MOS 4740, 4748] fighting in a war my slightly older WWII vet buddies swore they had made unthinkable. If you question my bona fides, join me May 25 in Chipyong-Ni where some of us commemorate the battle there in February 1951 where, although surrounded by Chinese troops outnumbering us 5 to 1 or more, we broke the back of their advance. I will be a guest of the Korean Army and the BFONU.
Free speech works both ways, Bucky. Your right to be wrong and my right to correct you coexist. I seek in vain a constitutional guarantee of anonymity, but lacking a prohibition I allow it for those too modest for full exposure. I do tend to call folk to account, because I want to help them be better. I did once write anonymously, but then decided that anonymous criticism lacks conviction.
As for lonely, I am surrounded by my ultimate wealth, a loving wife of 55 years and running, and a passel of loving [sometimes] children, in-laws and some outlaws, and an occasional fantasy. Old I can't deny.


Posted by Perpective
a resident of Meadow Park
on May 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

WE LOVE YOU WALTER! I sometimes (rarely) disagree with you, but always respect you and listen.



Posted by Legal immigrant
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm

The irony of what is happening in Arizona is that the required laws are already on the books, we don't need anymore immigration laws. What Arizona and California, for that matter, need are the boots on the ground paid for by the Federal government to stop illegal immigration.

If we can pay to fight wars in Afghanastan and Iraq we can pay for more immigration border guards.

However, the largest number of illegal immigrants fly into the U.S. on visitors' vizas and never go home.


Posted by Frank
a resident of Stanford
on May 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanastan and put them at our borders NOW!


Posted by Perspective
a resident of Meadow Park
on May 3, 2010 at 6:34 am

Yes, legal immigrant, the law is on the Fed books already..AZ is just giving its own police, paid for by themselves, I might add, not the Feds, the power to enforce what both sides of the aisle have tried to erode for years.

The left because they want open borders, and "other people's money" to pay for the illegal entrants. The right because they want cheap labor that has no other options.

Time to clean it up, folks!


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 4, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

CNN has a cognitive disorder. Culture and race are different. Hoodies, Gang-bangers and punks of any color or nationality are definitely deserving of surveillance by law officers, store clerks and the general public. There are behavior patterns that low life of any breed exhibit, and prohibiting police noting of that behavior rewards such antisocial pushing.


Posted by YesWeCan
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 7, 2010 at 10:57 am

Palo Alto is one of the most liberal-leaning places in the country, as the voting records prove. So I always find it strange how prominent very right-wing voices are on so many of these Town Square forums.

I wonder what the reason is. Perhaps more senior citizens have time to post and they tend to be more conservative? Maybe unemployed "Tea Party" types have a lot of free time so they're posting more?


Posted by Perspective
a resident of Meadow Park
on May 8, 2010 at 6:00 am

Hate to have you think about this, Yes, but look up whose unemployment numbers are double the rest of the nation's, then ask yourself, is this Admin really helping minorities or the poor?

Without rich folks, there is no employment for poor or middle class. Simple law of economics.

BTW, since you are so "left-wing", I presume you leave your door open at night so anyone can come in and bunk in your home? Then, when you find them there in the morning, you don't kick them out, you just go to work and start paying for their food, health care, and education? I assume that for you to do otherwise would classify yourself in your mind as a "very right wing" person..

No problem, be my guest if that is how you want to live your life.


Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of Stanford
on May 10, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Wow, I love Stanford but if this many conservative, self-loving nutcases live here then I'm leaving Palo Alto in a few years.


Posted by Perspective
a resident of Meadow Park
on May 11, 2010 at 6:54 am

"Conservative self-loving nutcases" like me love the poor and want what works for them, not what we wish worked. I was a socialist until I learned that the socialist system fails the poor much, much more than the capitalists system we used to have in this country. Check out the percentage of folks living "below the poverty" line in this country before the "war on poverty" began in the 60s with welfare and aid to dependent children. Every policy meant to decrease the number living in poverty has increased the number instead by "rewarding" very poor choices. The more we use that strategy, the more unintended harm we do. It is a failed war. We need to wake up.

Study history of other nations, our nation and this very state. Learn what gets the actual results you want, then vote for that policy/candidate who supports that policy.

If you choose based on pretty words and wishes, not results..well, you get the govt you deserve.


Posted by Politely Responding to Mexican President's Criticism of Arizona in Congressional Speech
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 23, 2010 at 8:18 am

Nobody has said it better. I wish this guy were OUR Congressional Representative
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

By JON HUEY, on May 20, 2010
Rep. Tom McClintock gave this speech in response to President Calderon's lecture to Congress. Given in the House Chamber, Washington, D.C. May 20, 2010.

M. Speaker:

I rise to take strong exception to the speech of the President of Mexico while in this chamber today.

The Mexican government has made it very clear for many years that it holds American sovereignty in contempt and President Calderon’s behavior as a guest of the Congress confirms and underscores this attitude.

It is highly inappropriate for the President of Mexico to lecture Americans on American immigration policy, just as it would be for Americans to lecture Mexico on its laws.

It is obvious that President Calderon does not understand the nature of America or the purpose of our immigration law.

Unlike Mexico’s immigration law -- which is brutally exclusionary -- the purpose of America’s law is not to keep people out. It is to assure that as people come to the United States, they do so with the intention of becoming Americans and of raising their children as Americans.

Unlike Mexico, our nation embraces immigration and what makes that possible is assimilation.

A century ago President Teddy Roosevelt put it this way. He said:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

That is how we have built one great nation from the people of all the nations of the world.

The largest group of immigrants now comes from Mexico. A recent RAND study discovered that during most of the 20th Century, while our immigration laws were actually enforced, assimilation worked and made possible the swift attainment of the American dream for millions of immigrants seeking to escape conditions in Mexico.

That is the broader meaning of our nation’s motto, “E Pluribus Unum” – from many people, one people, the American people.

But there is now an element in our political structure that seeks to undermine that concept of “E Pluribus Unum.” It seeks to hyphenate Americans, to develop linguistic divisions, to assign rights and preferences based on race and ethnicity, and to elevate devotion to foreign ideologies and traditions, while at the same time denigrating American culture, American values and American founding principles.

In order to do so, they know that they have to stop the process of assimilation. In order to do that, they must undermine our immigration laws.

It is an outrage that a foreign head of state would appear in this chamber and actively seek to do so. And it is a disgrace that he would be cheered on from the left wing of the White House and by many Democrats in this Congress.

Arizona has not adopted a new immigration law. All it has done is to enforce existing law that President Obama refuses to enforce. It is hardly a radical policy to suggest that if an officer on a routine traffic stop encounters a driver with no driver’s license, no passport, and who doesn’t speak English, that maybe that individual might be here illegally.

And to those who say we must reform our immigration laws – I reply that we don’t need to reform them – we need to enforce them. Just as every other government does. Just as Mexico does.

Above all, this is a debate of, by and for the American people. If President Calderon wishes to participate in that debate, I invite him to obey our immigration laws, apply for citizenship, do what 600,000 LEGAL immigrants to our nation are doing right now, learn our history and our customs, and become an American. And then he will have every right to participate in that debate.

Until then, I would politely invite him to have the courtesy while a guest of this Congress to abide by the fundamental rules of diplomacy between civilized nations not to meddle in each other’s domestic debates.


Posted by John
a resident of another community
on May 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

Boycott San Francisco and Mexico. Don't go to Los Angeles either.

BTW, if Arizona shuts off its electrical generation to Los Angeles, where will LA gets is power? Windmills on top of the Staples Center?


Posted by Politely RTM etc
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 24, 2010 at 5:32 am

I have had to buy a few things lately from amazon and ebay..I am buying only from AZ folks.

Best I can do for the moment.


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