Read the recently revealed emails from the authors of SB 1070, and you’ll think they were written by Donald Trump. The Republican presidential candidate’s racist message sounds very familiar in Arizona, where we’ve long been suffering from xenophobic politicians, bad laws, and the economic devastation they have caused.
We now have a vision of just how racially charged SB 1070 was. Advocate organizations acquired through a public records request 10,000 pages of emails from recalled former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce (R), Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R), and others. The report of the findings, published in October by the National Immigration Law Center, demonstrates that SB 1070 and other harsh immigration laws were crafted with a racist intentions (what the courts call animus).
In the emails, the proponents of those laws claimed that the nation needed to be saved from an “invasion” through punitive immigration laws, even though these would result in racial profiling.
- “Last week, Denver’s illegal aliens sang our national anthem in Spanish and bastardized the words of OUR country’s most sacred song.”
- “Battles commence as Mexican nationalists struggle to infuse their men into American government and strengthen control over their strongholds. One look at Los Angeles with its Mexican-American mayor shows you Vicente Fox’s general Varigossa commanding an American city.”
- “They create enclaves of separate groups that shall balkanize our nation into fractured nightmares of social unrest and poverty.”
- “Corruption is the mechanism by which Mexico operates. Its people spawn more corruption wherever they go because it is their only known way of life.”
- “Tough, nasty illegals and their advocates grow in such numbers that law and order will not subdue them. They run us out of our cities and states. They conquer our language and our schools. They render havoc and chaos in our schools.”
- “We are much like the Titanic as we inbreed millions of Mexico’s poor, the world’s poor and we watch our country sink.”
In email after email, SB 1070’s authors and promoters fabricated statistics and concocted false stories of undocumented immigrants as rapists and murderers. (Sound familiar?) Pearce and others used racist propaganda to instill fear among the electorate that Latinos will destroy America.
Even though most of SB 1070 has been dismantlement by the courts and advocate organizations have settled on a better way to deal with it, law enforcement must address the remaining section, 2(b).
Arizona and the whole country still is being threatened with the rise of Trump, the inclusion of Kris Kobach’s failed rhetoric on the current Republican platform, the resurgence of laws against so-called Sanctuary Cities, the denial of marriage licenses and birth certificates to immigrants, and more.
If history is any indication, in the long run all these efforts will be repealed sooner or later, and the proponents will be cast in disgrace. Just remember how the community organized and recalled Russell Pearce in November 2011.