Hate Group Pens Congressional Brief in Support of Arizona Lawsuit

July 21, 2010

The right-wing Republican American Center for Law and Justice and the Immigration Reform Law Institute filed an amici curiae brief on behalf of 81 members of Congress in support of Arizona's controversial immigration law. One Democrat, Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor, was among the 75 Republican House members and 5 Republican Senators who signed on to the brief. PR Newswire reported:
The brief was prepared with the assistance of the Federation for American Immigration Reform's legal affiliate, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). FAIR and IRLI also worked closely with members of the Arizona legislature in drafting S.B. 1070 which was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer in April.
FAIR was listed as a hate group by the Southern Law Poverty Center in 2007.  From the Southern Law Poverty Center:
"FAIR, CIS and NumbersUSA are all part of a network of restrictionist organizations conceived and created by John Tanton, the "puppeteer" of the nativist movement and a man with deep racist roots. As the first article in this report shows, Tanton has for decades been at the heart of the white nationalist scene. He has met with leading white supremacists, promoted anti-Semitic ideas, and associated closely with the leaders of a eugenicist foundation once described by a leading newspaper as a "neo-Nazi organization." He has made a series of racist statements about Latinos and worried that they were outbreeding whites. At one point, he wrote candidly that to maintain American culture, "a European-American majority" is required.

FAIR, which Tanton founded and where he remains on the board, has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Among the reasons are its acceptance of $1.2 million from the Pioneer Fund, a group founded to promote the genes of white colonials that funds studies of race, intelligence and genetics. FAIR has also hired as key officials men who also joined white supremacist groups. It has board members who regularly write for hate publications. It promotes racist conspiracy theories about Latinos. And it has produced television programming featuring white nationalists.

Together, FAIR, CIS and NumbersUSA form the core of the nativist lobby in America. In 2007, they were key players in derailing bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform that had been expected by many observers to pass. Today, these organizations are frequently treated as if they were legitimate, mainstream commentators on immigration. But the truth is that they were all conceived and birthed by a man who sees America under threat by non-white immigrants. And they have never strayed far from their roots."
Why would elected officials want to be affiliated with this organization, and sign on to a brief that pushes their agenda?

More Attempts to Block the Lawsuit
Also, today in another attempt to derail the DOJ lawsuit, Republican Senator Jim DeMint attempted to attach an amendment to the unemployment benefit extension bill that would have prohibited the U.S. Department of Justice from spending money in the lawsuit against the Arizona law.  The predominantly partisan move was stuck down with a 43-5 vote.

More Arizona Boycotts
Rage Against the Machine, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band are protesting the Arizona law and raising money to fight it with a concert in Los Angeles Friday. They are also refusing to perform in Arizona as are Nine Inch Nails, Chris Rock, Maroon 5, Kanye West, My Morning Jacket, Steve Earle, and Sonic Youth.

Mexico and Ten Other Nations Declare Opposition to the Arizona Law
According to CNN reports that ten nations joined Mexico in opposing the Arizona law. They include: Uruguay, Panama, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Cuba, Turkey, Senegal, Micronesia and Ghana. (Micronesia?)  Mexico also received support from the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council. CNN reports:
Mexico and the other nations signed a declaration expressing their "strong condemnation and profound rejection of the law," said Senate President Carlos Navarrete Ruiz.
The hearing in the US vs. Arizona lawsuit is scheduled for tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

But Mexico has exactly the same requirement for foreigners as the Arizona law! (That is not a reason to support the Arizona law -- I oppose it -- but it is a reason to chuckle at Mexican politicians.)

Captain said...

I have a problem with this issue about Arizona and the rest of all of this that is going on, by the countries, the states and us common folks.
Without getting into the specific breakdown between Arizona's law and the Feds law.(not enough space)

The only thing that I can see in this issue, and the written law by Arizona and the law by the Feds is that Arizona is "pre-empting" and stepping on the Feds jurisdiction.

Other than that these countries first should be looking at their own racists immigration laws compared to the US Fed immigration Law and also this Law by Arizona.
At least Arizona specifically prohibits the racial profiling (which the Feds does not)
I am not saying that Arizona is correct in passing this law, but if they were to follow the Feds law to the way it is written would they be sued also.

Maybe it is time for Arizona to "trash" their written law and then adopt, word for word the Fed immigration law (where applicable)and inserting "Arizona" in place of the Federal Govt or the US.
Is Arizona getting sued for "stepping" into the Feds jurisdictional or for the wording in their law?
If it is because of "racial profiling" how can a suit be enacted before an actual incident has yet to happen?