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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.
Oh my God
they’re taking away our burritos!!!!!!!
I think I’ll chance it.
“[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Law Requires Police to Question Immigration Status]”
As I understand it this is also factually innacurate. It merely allows the police to inquire under certain circumstances.
Anybody know differently?
I want my illegal burritos...
MSNBC......”Here’s your sign.....!
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?”
Where do they find these people? On the casting room couch?
70% of Germans favored the Nuremberg Laws.
Medved is right in that Republicans can only win with
Also the State of AZ is broke. Who is going
to pay for the jail cells?
This law is just feel good BS. Real enforcement has to be at
the border and in policing the overstayed visas that make
up half the illegals in the country.
I just sent it out as an email: “What’s wrong with this picture?”
that is the scariest thing of the whole debacle.
These people do not even realize the inanity of that phrase...
Which further illustrates why there is no way to reach them with logic or fact.
We simply must get control of both houses and the the WH AND KEEP THEM - then get rid of the Dept. of Education - turn schooling back to the local communities - and use online education (kids can get a REAL education in half the time and parents can monitor content.
This would also start to, incrementally, ease the tax burden as less teachers will be required and less lifetime taxpayers payments for retirees golden benefits - like free lifetime insurance and retirement allowed at 55.
Schooling, once the fed. gov't and the unions got involved, has shortchanged and indoctrinated our children. Public schooling has out-priced itself - and we have the new technology to educate our children with a far wider range of subjects from experts, new and old, from around the world...and for pennies on the dollar
...we have 30-40 years of ignorance to overcome.
It needs to be mandatory for anyone graduating to be able to take a separate test on the constitution.
So does federal law ... the AZ law is almost a direct copy of federal law ...
Awww......they really are stupid over there at MSNBC.
In other words ...New law makes it a crime to comment a crime
And that left is shocked and outraged ...talk about "1984" nuts
Sheesh..... whats next? It’s a crime to rob a bank???
“Maybe I should ask Al Sharpton, no... Jesse Jackson, oh.. that black guy!”
Makes as much sense as saying that it is illegal to commit crimes.
Years ago those who couldn’t make it in a real college curriculum went to the teacher’s college; those who couldn’t make there went to the school of journalism.
Even physical education majors (supposedly where the dumb jocks landed) had a more rigorous course of study than these two.
The majority of Republicans, Independents and Democrats all support the bill. [Admitted Socialists not included].
Appears the President seems TO BE LOSING on all fronts when it comes to the wishes of the majority of taxpaying, freedom living Americans.
OMG!...This is ridiculous!....L.O.L.!!!
No kidding!! Did the lamestream big media regime ask if people would turn in their neighbors for not having health insurance when zero got his boondoggle passed?
I guess liberals are in deparate need of a dictionary. “Illegal”
How can you make something a crime that was already a crime?
If you have come here against the immigration policies of the United States, you’ve already broken our laws. You are already a criminal.
Arizona is finally putting an end to it, and that’s what truly drives the left batty.
The contortionist political ideology of the Left is coming unglued at its illogical seams.
It already is a crime to be an illegal immigrant. When will the MSM hire anchors who have an IQ above 50?!
Stupid goes all the way to the bone.
Sanchez: “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.”
This is hilarious. The frigging Federales have had years to do something and they have not. Now Arizona bases it’s state law on the federal laws (that are not being enforced) the the RATS are having a heart attack.
This is living proof that the brain of a socialist/communist is not connected to reality .
Thanks, I need a glass cleaner my monitor now. Seriously, this has to be a first for PMS-NBC, they actually got something correct!
If I were your husband, I'd be doing what Zero DIDN'T do at the Church of Perpetual Hatred headed by Rev. Wright. Surely there are other houses of worship nearby that don't have snarky pastors like yours.
"Then on June 17, 1954, what was called "Operation Wetback" began. Because political resistance was lower in California and Arizona, the roundup of aliens began there. Some 750 agents swept northward through agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions a day. By the end of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught in the two states. Another 488,000, fearing arrest, had fled the country. By mid-July, the crackdown extended northward into Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, and eastward to Texas. By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 illegals had left the Lone Star State voluntarily."That's three months to move an estimated 1/3 of all illegal aliens back across the border.
The police in Latin American will stop and asking for your id at any time. They use this technique to pick up criminals as well...this link (you will need google’s page translation feature to read it in English) shows how last week police captured a blood thirsty hit man nicknamed The Butcher for his delight in dismembering humans and feed them to his pit bulls. However, what Arizona enacted is common practice in Latin American so any Latin voice complaining (read here politician or talking head like that clown Geraldo Rivera that claims to be a voice for Latinos when the sap can’t even speak Spanish)...anyway read at your own risk...the descriptions are somewhat shocking...http://www.eltiempo.com/colombia/justicia/la-macabra-historia-del-carnicero-de-las-farc_7620974-1
Makes perfect sense to intelligent people. That means many Democrats are excluded.
My response to that poster is: that’s like Obama coming down the steps of AF1 with a big package, and the Marine at the bottom saying, “What’s in the package, sir?” - and Obama says, “I got a really fancy leather coat for Michelle.” Whereupon the Marine salutes and says, “GOOD TRADE, SIR!
As P.J. O'Rourke says, "There's only one thing that gives me hope as a right-winger: the left wing!"
Unfortunately, our Pastor is just following the Bishop. The Catholic Bishops seem to be following the premise that since the Holy Family escaped into Egypt 2000 years ago when Herod’s henchmen were trying to exterminate all Jewish babies, that we should provide refuge for everyone in the whole world who is trying to escape the subjugation of another country.
When they write this out, however, they are very careful to say LEGAL immigration. But, when talking off the cuff, sometimes their real agenda slips out. This is the first time this Pastor has been so blatent. We are both very irritated and we have found the perfect excuse to avoid the Bishop’s Stewardship Appeal.
We give to the homeless. We give to crisis pregnancies. We give to support our own parish, and that is all.
My Pastor has been talking about the evils of socialism lately and he also had some positive remarks about Arizona's new law.
So will the police in any Middle Eastern Country. We had a Lebanese friend when we lived in Washington State. His relatives in Lebanon bad mouthed America all the time (despite his many hand outs and gifts that he provided them). On one trip home, his cousins and uncles set upon him and started beating him up because he was living in the USA instead of being home fighting their war against Syria. After they had punched him for a while, they started complaining about all the imagined American affronts.
My friend brought his sister into the room and asked her to tell the others how they had travelled 1000 miles in the USA, through several states, without ever being stopped and asked for ID. She assured the others that it was true, and they were amazed. They were being stopped by militia when moving from one neighborhood to another.
They all would come here to visit and to seek medical care, BTW.
Where have you gone Sonny Bono?
I believe that Loretta changed her last name to Sanchez to get elected.
Our Journalism Schools are really Marxist breeding grounds.
who gives a rats @$$....and I will wash my own car and mow my own lawn...or I will hire an out of work American citizen or legal alien to do it....
“The above is a disaster for America. It will mean the illegal immigrants doubling every few years.”
It also means limitless Democrat voters who will elect Democrats for the next one thousand years and beyond.
Not a chance...the country will dissolve within the next 20...
“Not a chance...the country will dissolve within the next 20...”
Maybe. But the American spirit and ideals will exist somewhere.
One wonders where the preservation will take place if
dissolution does happen.
MSNBC: BREAKING ITS A CRIME TO VIOLATE LAWS!
Topeka, KS (AP) - The Supreme Court of the United States decided today that it was a crime to violate laws, by a 5-4 vote.
For the majorty, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, Are you effing KIDDING ME???!? What are you, PURE MORONS or WHAT???!?
Justice Robert Stevens, in rebuttal, wrote, It is a sad day in America when criminals are unable to ply their honest professions. The prejudice of this law is stunning: Those who have different lifestyles than some of the rest of us, will be THROWN IN JAIL for absolutely no reason. This is the very definition of a Fascist police state. Clarence Thomas is Hitler.
Reaction on the street is mixed, with those who are presently robbing us, opposed to the new law. Those who are being robbed, raped and murdered are 95% in favor of the new law.
please tell me thats shopped...or does pepe think we’re unable to assemble a burrito w/o his feces lined fingernails being involved ???
Illegal aliens constitute over 25% of the federal prison population. Think about that for a moment. This means that a group which comprises less than 5% of the population is committing 25% percent of the crime.
Approximately 400,000 illegal aliens who have committed crimes and have been given a deportation order are at large in the U.S. and their whereabouts unknown.