Sarah Palin Supports Arizona’s Law? You Betcha!

sarah palin winksIn her latest right-wing cheerleading routine, former Alaska Governor/Tea Party Squad Captain, Sarah Palin, shook her political pompoms for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer at a press conferences defending Arizona’s controversial immigration law (SB 1070). Palin, who appeared shoulder to shoulder with Gov. Brewer on Saturday, used the opportunity to take a few pot shots at President Obama, repeat the words “illegal immigration” and “borders,” and wag her finger around. The event was dedicated to the launch of Brewer’s new website, “Secure the Border,” which features “East Coast media” gotcha tactics, Sarah Palin’s face, drug and kidnapping statistics and a bevy of ridiculous headlines designed to equate the words “immigrants” and “criminal.” For all its mavericky-ness, however, Gov. Brewer and her new website still fail to explain how Arizona’s law will help solve our immigration problems, target drug-smugglers or end violent crime along the border.

After weeks of negative press, calls for boycotts, and talk of legal challenges to Arizona’s law, Gov. Brewer is on the defensive—as evidenced by trotting out Sarah Palin to launch a new website. For the most part, Palin used Arizona’s controversy as a soap box for her Tea Party talking points—Washington: broken, President: bad, Sarah: good.

It’s time for Americans across this great country to stand up and say ‘We’re all Arizonans now and, in clear unity, we say, ‘Mr. President, do your job, secure our border!’

The website—a virtual treasure trove of Palin trademarks—features a string of gratuitous, cherry-picked news articles which paint a picture of undocumented immigrants as drug-smuggling, child-stealing murderers. (Immigrants you say? Not in my back yard!) The website also features an article about Attorney General Eric Holder at a House Judiciary Committee hearing in which Holder admits to glancing, not reading, the Arizona law. Gotcha! Wait, how does that help me understand how Arizona’s law is good for America?

More importantly, however, the website trumpets a new report, The Arizona-Mexico Border: An Update, prepared by the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN). The report points to the need for targeted law-enforcement efforts directed against criminal gangs that smuggle drugs and illegal immigrants into Arizona from Mexico, and smuggle guns from Arizona back into Mexico. Yet there is nothing in that report which suggests that a broad-based anti-illegal-immigrant measure such as SB 1070 is a useful crime-fighting tool. The report actually portrays illegal immigrants as being among the primary victims of the kidnappings in Phoenix which have garnered so much media attention recently.

seth hoyWhile Sarah Palin and Governor Brewer’s new website do a bang-up job of pointing out that crime exists along the border and that undocumented immigration is a problem, it neglects to explain how Arizona’s law will help solve our immigration problems. That’s because SB 1070 doesn’t. All the finger-pointing, immigrant-baiting and pandering in the world doesn’t make up for the fact that the only real solution to undocumented immigration is reforming our entire immigration system.

Seth Hoy

Seth Hoy is a Communications and Research Associate at the Immigration Policy Center. Previous to joining IPC, Mr. Hoy worked at an academic publishing company and more recently as a staff writer/reporter for a city paper in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he covered multiple beats. Mr. Hoy has also volunteered as an educator in China and the Marshall Islands through Harvard University’s WorldTeach program. In addition to teaching students, Mr. Hoy organized and staffed professional development workshops for local educators. He received his B.A. in English with a minor in German from Boston College in 2003.

Republished with permission from Immigration Impact.

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  1. Elaine says

    The Arizona law is not unconstitutional & is less strict then the Federal law. In the Federal law you do not have to have a reason to stop them if they look foreign. In the Arizona law you do. I am sure they were tired of the drug smuggling, the farmer that was killed, the cop that was shot when he found some marijuana, & the 350 some kidnappings of not only adults but children, also. So they need the wall & it is evident the Federal Government was not going to do their job so Arizona’s Governor had to do something to try & protect the citizens of her state. I do not see how anyone can fault her for that. Read the Bill. It is 16 pages long. It doesn’t hurt you to read the bill before you comment on something.

    Please stop calling the Tea Party People “teabaggers”. That is an insult that Obama threw out there & I can still see his smart a– pretending to hold up the tea bag & making the statement “You people with your little tea bags ——-“. I am not a member of the Tea Bag Party but wish I could join them. I back them, just like I back the 912 Project. They are the only ones trying to save our country from being taking over & turn us into a One World Order. America is a sovereign nation & all our representatives took an oath to protect us & our Constitution & that includes the Almighty Obama. He & his Unions are taking us down. The only people that get work are the people belonging to the Unions. They are dangerous just like the Teamsters were years ago, with their bats. Stern sending bus loads of people to that man’s home that works for Bank America, his 14 year old son in the home had locked himself in the bathroom & was calling his Dad who was on his way home with his 12 year old son. These people showed up in big school buses were on the lawn & all the way up to the front door with signs & yelling. This is wrong. If you are mad at Bank America protest there not on a man’s home on the lawn terrifying his 14 year old son. This is America & protesting on private property of an individual I thought was trespassing. Terrifying a 14 year old I though was against the law, also.

    Stern & Trumka work in the White House. Obama could stop these things from happening. But he doesn’t. The intimidation is right up his alley just like the Chicago politics he he brought with him into the people’s White House. He has divided this country. We have seemed to have lost our way to cooperate & see what we had was better then this.

    Go to this website I found on You Tube: This is how a lot of American feel now. Thank you!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=662R2awSwPQ

  2. Gaga 4 Dada says

    Where are the Tea Party and Libertarians? Why aren’t they speaking out against this outrageous governmental over reach?

    I guess when they say they wan to take their country back we know from whom

  3. Fritz Dahmus says

    Seth,

    What if Sarah Palin was ugly? How could you write? You would be unable to use words like cheerleading, pompoms, prom queen, etc. Where would your creative juices flow to? You should hope it flows to your senses. You ask the question; “how does SB 1070 help deter drug smuggling, violence at the border, and the illegal immigration problem?” Well Seth, local cops can be the primary law enforcement for all your concerns EXCEPT illegal immigration violations. SB 1070 (yes Seth..along with many other things) will deter illegal immigration…..cops on the street able to write speeding tickets, DWI tickets, seat belt tickets, and oh by the way an illegal immigration ticket….will go a long way to deter illegal immigration. People don’t speed (much), drink while driving (much), and wear seat belts….because cops can enforce these laws. The same will happen for illegal immigration…..if you don’t think so you simply aren’t letting your creative juices get to your brain. If you don’t trust the cops to administer this in a way that protects and preserves our civil rights….rant and rave about firing cops that violate our civil rights. By the way, what makes you think the INS and ATF boys do this any better? It is a tough, dangerousa, and necessary job!

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