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Posted on 04/26/2010 2:04:11 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
MSNBC News Flash: Arizona Law 'Makes it a Crime to be Illegal Immigrant' By Kyle Drennen Created 04/26/2010 - 16:53
Contessa Brewer, MSNBC During the Monday 12PM ET hour of live coverage on MSNBC, anchor Contessa Brewer described the "firestorm" over a newly passed immigration law in Arizona and fretted: "does this lead to a situation where neighbors are turning in neighbors or families turning against families?" Later in the segment, a headline on screen read: "Law Makes it a Crime to be Illegal Immigrant."
Brewer discussed the issue with Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and wondered: "Is this an effective way to deal with the problem?" In response, Sanchez declared: "to stop people and say, 'I think you look like an illegal immigrant' and then drag them off to jail is not the way to deal with this issue."
Brewer followed up by quoting current Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano: "she would veto these kinds of bills because she said she thought it was important for police to be doing actual police work, that they are not immigration enforcement officers." As Brewer made that argument, the headline "Law Makes it a Crime to be Illegal Immigrant" flashed on screen.
Brewer later wondered about the political fallout: "It's forcing the President to address immigration policy. It's forcing Republicans and Democrats to wrangle with it. But what really is driving voters and emotion right now are jobs and the economy. Is this a bad issue politically at this time?" Sanchez replied: "I think this is a great issue politically at this time because, for the future in particular, the Hispanic community, which is a big immigrant community and which, of course, has some of the people who are with the least documents, correct documents, it is going to be the political force for the future in this country."
Here is a full transcript of the segment:
CONTESSA BREWER: And a political and legal firestorm brewing over Arizona's tough new immigration law. At least two Latino activist groups and the mayor of Phoenix are planning lawsuits, saying this could lead to racial profiling.
[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Papers Please; Firestorm Over AZ Immigration Law]
Some people are calling it unconstitutional. Among the key provisions in the law, a requirement for police to question anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. And over the weekend, demonstrators staged massive protests against the law. The law also makes it a crime to knowingly conceal, harbor, or shield an illegal immigrant. Essentially, I mean the question is, does this lead to a situation where neighbors are turning in neighbors or families turning against families? California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez joins me now. Okay, let's take your state, for instance, there is a huge influx of illegal immigrants up and down the coast of California. Is this an effective way to deal with the problem?
LORETTA SANCHEZ: No. Absolutely not. First of all, there are a lot of people in the United States that haven't come over a border. They've actually come and they've either overstayed their visa or they haven't been able to renew their work visa, and they're or they're in limbo, they're waiting. So they're what we call 'out of status.' And there are a lot of people like this. But to go after them, to stop people and say, 'I think you look like an illegal immigrant' and then drag them off to jail is not the way to deal with this issue. The issue we need to do is to deal with it on a national basis. We need to have a good visa program so that we can let workers who need to come to our country, come here and work, and not worry about hiding some place. And we need to fortify our borders in the correct manner, so that we can let the people we want to come in and keep people from coming in that we don't want.
CONTESSA BREWER: Janet Napolitano says that she when she was the governor of Arizona, she would veto these kinds of bills because she said she thought it was important for police to be doing actual police work, that they are not immigration enforcement officers.
[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Law Makes it a Crime to be Illegal Immigrant]
SANCHEZ: Absolutely. I mean, there is so much work already at the local level. I mean, think about all the police cuts we've taken, just in this downturn in the economy. The rise of problems with, whether it's rapists, pedophiles, robberies, et cetera. Our local police should be worried about that and the thing that happens, is if a community that is an immigrant community, whether legal or not, thinks that its police force, it's local police force is going to come and drag its people away, they will stop cooperating with police in bringing out the criminals.
[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Law Requires Police to Question Immigration Status]
BREWER: I should mention the Arizona law makes a provision there and says that if law enforcement think that questioning someone about their immigration status would interfere with an investigation, well then, in that case, they don't have to do it. One more question, let me talk about the politics of this. It's forcing the President to address immigration policy. It's forcing Republicans and Democrats to wrangle with it. But what really is driving voters and emotion right now are jobs and the economy. Is this a bad issue politically at this time?
SANCHEZ: I think this is a great issue politically at this time because, for the future in particular, the Hispanic community, which is a big immigrant community and which, of course, has some of the people who are with the least documents, correct documents, it is going to be the political force for the future in this country. One out of every four Americans is now of Hispanic decent, and soon it will be even a larger population, and we make the difference. Especially in places like Arizona, so I think that to move in a good direction with respect to immigration reform is actually better for this country.
BREWER: Congresswoman Sanchez, it's always a pleasure when you come on. I appreciate your time.
SANCHEZ: Thank you so much, Contessa. Thank you.
Gotta love it.
It’s a “crime” to be “illegal”.
We must thank God that liberals are so demonstrably stupid.
We must ask forgiveness for anyone who actually believes all their bull Obama.
Hmmm... to the best of my knowledge, it was ALREADY a crime to be an illegal immigrant; it’s just that the federal government looks the other way.
Now that is a funny headline! As if “Illegal Immigrant” was not already considered somehow “Illegal!”
There are real idiots that work at MSNBC.
It is also rumored their laws make it a crime to commit illegal fraud, burglary, murder and shoplifting.
Loretta Sanchez has a good chance of being defeated this year by a Vietnamese candidate, Van Tran. I hope to goodness the Oriental population of CA District 47 rise up and go to the poll enmasse and get rid of that woman.
Pretty ... dumb.
Where do they find these morons, and why don’t they have adult supervision?
as if being Illegal was not a crime? Is there a problem with the American Language???
We actually got a snide remark from our Pastor about AZ as part of the homily yesterday. Don’t look to my husband to increase his offering any time soon.
rut roh...yea you kinda need more than looks to be a reporter....kinda helps if you know what you are talking about....i’m jus sayin.......
“does this lead to a situation where neighbors are turning in neighbors or families turning against families?”
OMG!...This is ridiculous!....L.O.L.!!!
So if illeagal doesnt mean anything than let sdo everything illegal then, speeding,stealing etc, illegal means illegal, the famous words of al gore the debate is over!!!
What part of “illegal” don’t those two idiots understand!
There are real idiots that work at MSNBC.
Actually, they know their audience: People too stupid to know the difference.
EXTRA - EXTRA!
Arizona law makes it a crime to be a crimnal!
Media gone liberal bizerk!!.....
Leno should run the headline on Monday night. It qualifies.
All this noise equals the following:
1 You cannot in any way deport an illegal alien.
2 Illegal immigrants must be allowed to become citizens.
The above is a disaster for America. It will mean the illegal immigrants doubling every few years.
“Is there a problem with the American Language???”
No, just with the academic standards of our Journalism schools...
Is she that stupid???
Glittering jewels of colossal ignorance.
In Mexico, it’s a felony to be an illegal immigrant. Mexico, ironically enough, has the most strict immigration policies in the world.
They have an audience?!?
It's not a double negative , so would it be a double positive?, or would it require a double take?
Mabe Arizona will double down on policy, or hopefully double enforcement.
Oh well, let's just settle for double tap.
It is not a crime to be a non-citizen, but you are a criminal if you cross the border without the correct visa.
It should be a crime to allow people this stupid to serve as political reporters.
It should also be a crime to run slanted misleading headlines across your network identified as “news” rather than “opinion”
Brewer has the IQ of a pencil eraser, which is why she works there at MSNBC.
I’m getting really pissed at Medved for going on that the Arizona law is devastating to republicans.
This is a state bill, not RNC policy.
And he’s going on about how we can’t win when Obama gets 83% of non-white vote as he did last time.
News flash Michael, democrats will keep getting the non-white and adding 20-40 million more such votes is NOT going to help republicans.
” Actually, they know their audience: People too stupid to know the difference. “
Actually, a sizeable portion (perhaps as much as half) of MSNBC’s audience consist of “Newsbusters” contributors trolling a target-rich environment - and bored FReepers looking for a cheap laugh....
And to interview Loretta Sanchez of all people - who probably got INTO office thanks to the efforts of illegal alien voter fraud.
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Keep talking libtards.
This all seems to imply that dingbat television personalities are not very geniusy.
Someone ought to tell Medved that 70% of people in Arizona agree with the new law. And then maybe he can travel to the ranch of that American citizen gunned down by an illegal and tell the man’s wife that the law isn’t a good thing.
Brewer is one dumb good looking woman.
This is not your father’s English language.
Didn’t Giuliani say the same thing in the 2008 election? Something to the effect of it’s not a criminal infraction its a civil infraction? I am pretty sure I remember everyone laughing at him about claiming being an illegal isn’t a crime.
Illegal immigrants are the only demographic that is 100% criminal.
They didn’t seriously use that heading, did they??!
does this lead to a situation where neighbors are turning in neighbors or families turning against families?
You’ve GOT to be kidding! What part of the law would lead this idiot to come to this conclusion or to even WONDER if it was possible?
Sheezz! Even people in Rio Linda have to be laughing at that.
He’s going on that if it isn’t racial profiling, why don’t we care about illegal Asian immigrants?
OK, we do. In the case of Arizona it’s on the freakin’ Mexican Border! They have 500,000 illegal Mexicans there and there must be in teh millions that cross through.
These people honestly believe you can do nothing so just let em come on in. He’s crazy. Amnesty will add 60 million new democrat voters. Duh.