Politicians voicing support of AZ bill sending unintended message to Congress


LatinaLista — Regardless of all the verbal backlash Arizona has received since passing SB 1070, there are still politicians who want to pass similar laws. The latest politician, who also happens to be campaigning for the U.S. Senate, is from Nevada.


Assemblyman Chad Christensen “is calling on Gov. Jim Gibbons to convene a special session of the state legislature specifically to craft immigration reform similar to Arizona’s new law.”

It’s no wonder that Christensen wants to cash in on Conservatives’ favorite political piñata. After all, a web poll conducted by the Las Vegas FOX affiliate showed 69 percent favored the AZ immigration law.

Thousands of people from across the state of Wisconsin gathered Saturday in Milwaukee in protest of a recent immigration law passed in Arizona. (Source: The Daily Cardinal: Photo courtesy Jennell Jenney)

According to the TV station, 8,000 people took the survey but the station has a handy disclaimer in their poll box that reads:

Please keep in mind that our polls are for entertainment and are not conducted in a scientific fashion.

We make no guarantees about the accuracy of the results other than that they reflect the choices of the users who participated.

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Since the question is a simple “yes” and “no” and there’s no way to tell how many times the same person is voting, this poll leaves a lot of doubt as to just how many Nevadans really do want a similar bill.

Yet, it’s enough that this assemblyman wants it.

In fact, the more politicians who stand up and claim to pursue a similar measure, the more Congress will have to act this year or risk being responsible for creating not just a volatile situation in the country, but one that has the potential to rip this country apart.

No matter how phrasing is revised in the AZ SB 1070, it doesn’t erase the fact that Latino citizens’ constitutional rights will be violated.

There are already reports that AZ businesses are opting to either let go or not hire Latino workers, citizens or not, because they don’t want to run the risk of immigration raids.

Local labor and employment attorneys say they are increasingly seeing the trend of businesses opting to not to hire Latinos or laying Hispanic workers off, even if they are U.S. citizens or have legal status.

Yet, in spite of this new development, politicians still want to pass such repulsively oppressive and discriminating laws.

These actions send a loud and clear message to Congress — perhaps even louder than Saturday’s marches — that Congress has no choice but to tackle immigration reform, and soon.