Arizona immigration law lesson: political demagoguery works
07/15/2010 - 08:57
James Besser

There are a lot of scary aspects to Arizona's Draconian new immigration law, but the scariest might be this: it has worked like a charm for the politicians who supported it.

The Washington Post has an interesting item today on Gov. Jan Brewer, who was considered a goner in this year's gubernatorial elections – actually, she wasn't even expected to survive a Republican primary challenge.

But since signing the bill in April and becoming one of its most outspoken defenders her prospective GOP opponents have dropped out, the Democrats have lost their early optimism about regaining the governorship – and Brewer has achieved “hero status” within the GOP.

This, I suspect, is what really worries groups like the ADL, which have been outspoken in their criticism of the law.

The lesson being broadcast to politicians: demonizing illegal immigrants works. Telling preposterous stories about headless corpses littering the Arizona deserts, about most illegals being drug “mules,” scaring voters about outsiders in their midst, are once again proving effective political tools.

It's a kind of populist demagoguery that in the past was directed at other “outsiders” - including Catholics and Jews. And it's scary because it works so well, suggesting that illegal immigrants won't be the only targets as the new nativism spreads.

Yes, I know, these people are here illegally.

Big deal. So were many of our own ancestors – who were also accused of fomenting crime and disease and seeking to undermine the American way of life.

The answer isn't to whip up hysteria about illegals but to fix a badly broken immigration system, deal fairly with those already here and beef up border security.

That's what major Jewish groups like the ADL, the American Jewish Committee, the Reform movement, the Jewish Funds for Justice,  the National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society say. Who is closer to the truth – these Jewish groups, or Gov. Jan Brewer, who continues to exploit the fear gripping Arizona voters for her own political gain?

Things would be different if half the things Arizona politicians were telling constituents were true. But they're not; the beheadings, the drug mules, the massive crime wave, the secret “reconquista” plan – all fabrications and urban legends being used to stir up voter rage.

Scary stuff.

Comments

"There are a lot of scary aspects to Arizona's Draconian new immigration law" Like what specifically? Just one example of something "draconian" in the "actual" Law? ....or is it perhaps possible, that the writer of this piece hasn't actually read the Law either......just like so many others who feel the need to comment negatively about something that they really don't understand or have read....you know....like the Attorney General of The United States, Eric Holder. BTW, here is a link to the actual law: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/files/sb1070s.pdf
Supporters of Israel are in no, zero, nada, zip of a position to try and support their fellow Marxists by pushing for open borders. Israel is a sealed camp. Open Israel and be true to they self.
This week, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) came out with a report entitled, The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers, which discusses the costs of unauthorized immigration to the United States. As usual, FAIR has put out a highly misleading fiscal snapshot of the costs allegedly imposed on U.S. taxpayers by unauthorized immigrants and completely discounts the economic contributions of unauthorized workers and consumers. Moreover, FAIR inflates their costs in a variety of ways and conveniently ignores any contributions that would offset these costs. While the publication is long and deals with a wide range of issues that warrant more dissection by credible economic experts, the trade publication Education Week has already begun the deconstruction with an item that sheds light on their misleading claims about providing English language services in schools. According to the Immigration Policy Center (IPC), FAIR's report suffers from three fatal flaws: * The report notes that the single biggest "expense" it attributes to unauthorized immigrants is the education of their children, yet most of these children are native-born, U.S. citizens who will grow up to be tax-paying adults. It is disingenuous to count the cost of investing in the education of these children, so that they will earn higher incomes and pay more in taxes when they are adults, as if it were nothing more than a cost incurred by their parents. * The report fails to account for the purchasing power of unauthorized consumers, which supports U.S. businesses and U.S. jobs. * The report ignores the value added to the U.S. economy by unauthorized workers, particularly in the service sector. In contrast to FAIR's report, the Perryman Group estimated that if all unauthorized workers and consumers were somehow removed from the U.S. economy, the United States would lose $552 billion in total economic activity ("expenditures"), $245 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and 2.8 million jobs." This doesn't count the billions it would cost to actually implement a mass deportation program. Another argument FAIR makes, which makes it hard to glean what their solution would be is the high cost of deporting undocumented workers which FAIR blames on the immigrants themselves. It's a somewhat circular argument to say that the cost of undocumented immigrants includes the cost of failing law enforcement efforts. So, in essence, FAIR is saying that the deport-them-all approach costs too much money and doesn't work. Yet their "solution" is to spend even more money on enforcement. FAIR's data is meant only to reinforce their vision of "attrition through enforcement." It is not rooted in an effort to move the immigration debate forward. Therefore, passing comprehensive immigration reform - which would yield a cumulative $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years - is the only sound economic decision the United States can make. SOURCE Immigration Policy Center
THE FACTS ARE THAT JAN BREWER DID THIS TO GET REELECTED, HERE ARE FACTS. 1, HOW MUCH MONEY $$$$$$$ IS ALLOCATED TO ENFORCE THIS LAW?? NONE. 2, HOW MANY NEW POLICEMEN / WOMEN SHES HIRED TO HOLD AND PROCESS THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS? NONE. 3, HOW MANY NEW IMMIGRATION JUDGES SHES HIRED TO PROCESS THE THOUSANDS OF DEPORTATION CASES?? NONE. 4, HOW MANY NEW JAILS SHES BUILT TO HOLD THE THOUSANDS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS? NONE. 5, HOW MANY BUSES / PLANES SHES BROUGHT TO DEPORT THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THOSE WHO ARE ORDERED BY THE IMMIGRATION JUDGES TO BE DEPORTED?? NONE. CAN ANYONE ANSWER THESE FACTS? THE REPUBLICAN STATES ARE TRYING TO MAKE THIS THEIR PLATFORM, THEY WILL LOSE BIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG TIME. ALL ARE GODS CHILDREN. NO HUMAN IS ABOVE ANOTHER. ALL ARE CREATED BY ONE ALMIGHTY GOD WHO LOVES ALL HIS CHILDREN. I AM NOT SAYING DON'T CLOSE THE BORDERS I AM SAYING STOP THE FOOLISH HATE AND IGNORANCE.
Perhaps those facts prove that Gov. Brewer is not planning massive deportations as some politicians want us to believe.
Well, Mr. Besser, as it happens, I live in Arizona and I can tell you it is true: more than half! There are kidnapings, there is drug smuggling, there is human traffic. As a matter of fact, I am also a Hispanic immigrant and, as such, I get to know: the drug cartels are now in control of human traffic and, yes, they use the immigrants as mules; there are hundreds of thousands of illegals working, guess what, with somebody else's social security number; there is hate to American, white and black people, black in particular (I guess hating Americans is perfectly ok); there is hate to gay, lesbian, and transgendered people (I know that very well, because I am a transgendered woman), I guess that is also ok, if it comes from the child in the poster; the same people that is organizing demonstrations in favor of illegal immigrants has also organized protests against LGBT people at Maricopa Community Colleges! There is also corruption: marriage fraud to get residence; married women that declare they are single to get free health care; employees that declare ten or more dependents to avoid paying taxes; illegal use of antibiotics which are sold in almost every Hispanic grocery store; you name it. By the way, one of the comments that was posted yesterday about the article you mention was that Gov. Brewer looked worst than a postop transexual! Who do you thing wrote that? Now, may be that's not a big deal for you, but it happens to be a big deal to many people in Arizona and, as things are in the United states, nobody else has the right to impose the people of Arizona an obligation to make citizens of those that cross Arizona's border, knowing what they are doing, in the middle of the night, hiding as criminals.

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