The Southern Poverty Law Center says:
Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law was written by a lawyer at the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which the Southern Poverty Law Center has listed as an anti-immigrant hate group since 2007. The law, a recipe for racial profiling, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.
Kris Kobach, the author of the Arizona law and a lawyer at FAIR’s Immigration Reform Law Institute, has been the prime mover behind numerous ordinances that seek to punish those who aid and abet “illegal aliens,” including laws adopted in Farmer’s Branch, Texas, and Hazelton, Pa.
The laws have not done well and have cost some localities immense sums of money to defend. Recently, the city of Albertville, Ala., refused to work with Kobach on just such an ordinance, reportedly because of the high legal costs incurred by these other communities.
Before joining FAIR, Kobach served as U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft’s top immigration adviser. He then moved on to take charge of Department of Justice efforts to tighten border security after the 9/11 attacks. There, he developed a program — the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System — that called for close monitoring of men from Arab and Muslim nations, even legal U.S. residents. The program collapsed due to complaints of racial profiling and discrimination.
A close reading of the article gives information about the background of the Founder of FAIR, and it’s roots in the Eugenics movement and in Holocaust denial. It also goes on to talk about the bill’s sponsor in the Arizona Senate.
The principal sponsor of the Arizona law, state Sen. Russell Pearce, has his own history of hate. In 2006, Pearce forwarded an email to his supporters from the neo-Nazi National Alliance titled “Who Rules America?” The article criticized the media for promoting multiculturalism and racial equality, and for presenting the Holocaust as fact. More recently, Pearce has been photographed hugging J.T. Ready, a Phoenix-area resident who is a member of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement.
The 2007 article, after which FAIR was added to the SPLC’slist of hate groups is referenced below. It made disturbing reading for me. I don’t know what effect it will have on you. To my mind it seems reasonably clear where this organization and where this particular bill are coming from and what the purpose actually is.
Beyond that, where in the bill does it say anything about proving your allegiance? And what does allegiance have to do with citizenship? People can have allegiance to money, faith, family, party, love and country; and as history has shown, the country may or may not be the one of which they are a citizen. This is simply another reason to intrude on people's liberty to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.
Do you look loyal? How can you tell? And how's a policeman supposed to measure that? Does he carry a sincere-o-meter. And if President Obama declared this to be law as an executive order, how would you feel about it?