Immigration Law: Unconstitutional, Racist, and very popular


by Davis Fleetwood
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It has been called misguided, unconstitutional and racist. And the controversial immigration law that has protesters in the streets and dominates the 24 hour news cycle took another turn for the bizarre yesterday when a conservative politician came out in favor of micro chipping illegal’s saying “I can micro-chip my dog so I can find it. Why can’t I micro-chip an illegal?”

Iraqi official:“Now that the Iraqi people have been liberated, minus a million or so innocent civilians who were killed, we are just doing our best to build a democracy in the image of the United States. I have a cable package. I watch Glenn Beck. Your new Arizona law seems like a good idea for us to replicate to deal with our over infestation with zit faced American boys with guns.”

Several Countries in the European Union and the Middle East say they plan to boycott Iraq because it’s now a police state where, “breathing while undocumented” is a crime.

All of the brouhaha is a reaction mainly to three sections of the recently passed Iraqi immigration law:

The first one allows when police are engaged in “lawful contact” with someone where there is “reasonable suspicion” the person is an illegal alien, that the police shall make a “reasonable attempt” to determine the person’s immigration status. Critics of this say it amounts to racial profiling. General David Patraeus said they new law will affect all of his troops on the ground:

“What is reasonable suspicion? That I am white? That I am dressed in military combat gear? That I am brandishing U.S. government issued semi automatic machine guns? That I am driving a tank? Take away these factors and this boils down to racial profiling. It is that simple. The conservative elements of the Iraqi government are racist.”

The other provision that is causing controversy makes it a crime to be in Iraq illegally. But it’s already an international crime to enter a sovereign nation illegally. The U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq are already international war crimes. The new law just makes it an Iraqi crime, too. Essentially, Iraq is just pressuring the international community to enforce laws that already exist.

Responding to the charge that Iraqi police will now make random demands of American soldiers to produce their papers, the bill’s author Salam al-Maliki said simply:

“Now that the Iraqi people have been liberated, minus a million or so innocent civilians who were killed, we are just doing our best to build a democracy in the image of the United States. I have a cable package. I watch Glenn Beck. Your new Arizona law seems like a good idea for us to replicate to deal with our over infestation with zit faced American boys with guns.”

As of yesterday, anyone in Iraq who is stopped without papers will be, quote” placed on a bus and sent back to where they came from.
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Apartheid, Arizona Style

This article originally appeared on the site the Cap Times. written Roberto Rodriguez


Those who think that there’s an immigration crisis in Arizona are correct; however, this is but part of the story.
The truth is, a civilizational clash is being played out in the same state in which the state legislature questions the birthplace and legitimacy of President Barack Obama and where Sen. John McCain competes with Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth to see who is the most anti-immigrant.
It is also the same state that several years ago denied a holiday for Martin Luther King Jr., and that today permits virtually anyone — on the basis of trumped-up fear — to carry concealed weapons anywhere.

Welcome to Apartheid Arizona — the land of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, “states’ rights” and a desert that has claimed thousands of migrant lives. By way of the same extremist legislature, the battle here is even much larger and more profound. This civilizational clash is being waged daily here via more bills involving who belongs, what language can be spoken here and who and what can be taught in the state’s schools. This is beyond the notion of who is “legal.”

Chomsky: Obama’s No Human Rights Crusader — Just Look at How He Aids Israel’s Atrocities

This article originally appeared on Tom Dispatch. Written by Noam Chomsky.

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Chomsky exposes how the U.S. and Israel have been acting in tandem to extend and deepen the occupation of Palestine.

A Palestinian family after an Israeli missile strike in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 2008

The fact that the Israel-Palestine conflict grinds on without resolution might appear to be rather strange.  For many of the world’s conflicts, it is difficult even to conjure up a feasible settlement.  In this case, it is not only possible, but there is near universal agreement on its basic contours: a two-state settlement along the internationally recognized (pre-June 1967) borders — with “minor and mutual modifications,” to adopt official U.S. terminology before Washington departed from the international community in the mid-1970s.

The basic principles have been accepted by virtually the entire world, including the Arab states (who go on to call for full normalization of relations), the Organization of Islamic States (including Iran), and relevant non-state actors (including Hamas).  A settlement along these lines was first proposed at the U.N. Security Council in January 1976 by the major Arab states.  Israel refused to attend the session.  The U.S. vetoed the resolution, and did so again in 1980.  The record at the General Assembly since is similar.

There was one important and revealing break in U.S.-Israeli rejectionism.  After the failed Camp David agreements in 2000, President Clinton recognized that the terms he and Israel had proposed were unacceptable to any Palestinians.  That December, he proposed his “parameters”: imprecise, but more forthcoming.  He then stated that both sides had accepted the parameters, while expressing reservations.

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(song of the day) Broken Social Scene – World Sick

From the 2009 NXNE performance of Broken Social Scene at the Courthouse in Toronto, Canada. You can here the studio version here.

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