What really triggered the creation of a Senate Bill 1070 which resulted in racial discrimination, fear, economic downturn, boycotts of the state and political turmoil? The answer may be as simple as looking at the architect of many bills targeting the Latino population and the undocumented illegal aliens.
Most of the bills that have shaped the image of Arizona as an intolerant state have been orchestrated by Senator Russell Pearce. History tells that he spent 23 years with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department as the Deputy Chief. Nearly three decades ago, during his time with that law enforcement agency, his son, also a sheriff’s deputy, was shot and severely wounded by an illegal immigrant. Pearce was in Washington when this event occurred giving a speech about the nations failed immigration system. Pearce was already unhappy about immigration but then turned his anger over his son’s assault towards all legal and undocumented Latinos.This must be the antecedent.
The behavior of revenge has taken the form of senate bills designed for the purpose of making it impossible to live in Arizona without citizenship. Start your search with Proposition 200 which denies the right to any medical or economic assistance from the state if the individual is not a documented citizen. This is the excuse people are using to support SB1070; these “aliens” are costing the state SO much money.
SB1172 cost the taxpayers $9,500 dollars per student to identify every student as legal or illegal. Education was not denied, children were just put into categories for use in the future. There are many other bills designed to torture the Mexican migrant workers, cooks, dishwashers, nannies and public education workers who are undocumented or have expired green cards:
• SB1160- legal presences to register a vehicle in this state (birth certificates needed)
• 1173- all public housing requires proof of citizenship
• 1175- illegal alien trespassing law
• 1334- no workers compensation will be given to injured un-documented workers
• 1335- Allows civil subpoenas to be issued on any business, raids to be done if there is a rumor of undocumented workers at any business.
The real consequences of all these bills on the state of Arizona are just now beginning to take serious financial effects on most small businesses in Arizona. In the wake of Arpaio’s disregard to federal mandates, and the fear and intimidation created by SB1070, as well as the other racially motivated laws affecting the Latino population, thirty percent of the population is moving out of state. According to the April Perryman Group Report, there is an epidemic of For Lease and Going out of Business signs matching the number of empty houses, apartments and foreclosures.
If all the undocumented immigrants were to leave the state taking their tax dollars with them there would be a 26.4 billion dollar shortfall, 11.7 billion in gross state product and 140,324 jobs. According to University of Arizona’s Udall Center report, 35,000 businesses in Arizona are Latino owned with sales of 4.3 billion employing 39,363 people. The tax revenue of 2.4 billion of which 860 million is from naturalized citizens and 1.5 billion from non-citizens. Then let’s add the revue lost by the hospitality industry, with the companies boycotting and canceling sales meetings and conventions.
The reckless, personal vendetta against political rivals, media, all Latino residents both legal and illegal by Russell Pearce, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and other republican legislatures duped into buying this unfounded financial bill writing in the name of “Neighborhood protections” and “Border Security” will unravel the state of Arizona. It is time to know the real facts behind the claims and to vote out those who use their power to push the public into unconstitutional, inhuman and illegal bill writing. Get out and VOTE!!!!
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