LatinaLista — Within hours of U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton granting a preliminary injunction that blocked key parts of Senate Bill 1070 on Wednesday, critics have gone on a rampage.
Somebody shot through Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva’s Yuma office window, shattering it. This act of deadly vandalism culminates the threats Grijalva has received ever since AZ Gov. Brewer signed SB 1070 into law. Grijalva has made his opposition to the bill public, even calling for organizations outside the state to cancel their conferences and boycott doing business with Arizona.
It’s reported that the federal judge, Susan Boltan, has received thousands of emails and phone calls since she issued the injunction against SB 1070. Officials say some of the messages are civil and congratulatory but some of those messages that are critical of her actions have expressed themselves in a “perverted way” and warrant being taken as serious threats against the judge.
Then, what seems as a retaliatory action piggybacking on the conservative outcry on the injunction against SB 1070, Sen. Lindsey Graham announced on Fox News that he is going to propose an amendment to the U.S.Constitution to deny birthright citizenship.
The latest backlash also comes from Washington but is so staged that it has all the earmarks of a “Breitbart” — as defined by me: Purposely presenting something out of context to give a false impression of its true message.
The latest Breitbart is an U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ memo that was obtained by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) a couple of months ago and just now released to NumbersUSA, an immigration-restrictionist group that the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as having ties with hate groups.
At any rate, in the process of releasing the
memo, the site creates such inflammatory commentary to accompany the memo that before it’s read erroneous, or should I write, manipulated assumptions are already drawn:
1. That it’s a done deal. It’s certainly not. In reading the memo, one understands that these are thoughts being “written out loud” for discussion and debate.
2. That it’s a blanket amnesty. It’s not. In fact, the USCIS issued a statement on the memo this afternoon when it became apparent that this was going Breitbart:
Internal draft memos do not and should not be equated with official action or policy of the Department. We will not comment on notional, pre-decisional memos. As a matter of good government, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will discuss just about every issue that comes within the purview of the immigration system. We continue to maintain that comprehensive bipartisan legislation, coupled with smart, effective enforcement, is the only solution to our nation’s immigration challenges.
Internal memoranda help us do the thinking that leads to important changes; some of them are adopted and others are rejected. Our goal is to implement policies wisely and well to strengthen all aspects of our mission. The choices we have made so far have strengthened both the enforcement and services sides of USCIS — nobody should mistake deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions. To be clear, DHS will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation’s entire illegal immigrant population.
It doesn’t get much clearer than that.
Some Republican congressmen have accused the President and his administration of “circumventing” Congress if the administration chooses to pursue any of the ideas outlined in the memo.
Yet, how can anyone circumvent these congressmen who steadfastly refuse to work on reforming immigration in the first place?
What Obama’s administration is doing is extremely proactive in light of the pathetic behavior of these GOP congressional leaders. The Latino community has implored the GOP to come together and work with the Democrats on comprehensive immigration reform and every time the GOP has turned their backs on these pleas.
The GOP have nobody to blame but themselves for taking a mean-spirited and prejudicial stand on this issue — but there is one more issue stemming from this incident that needs to be resolved: It’s obvious why Sen. Grassley released this memo now but who in the Obama administration would rather be a part of the problem than the solution by giving Grassley this memo?
Whoever that person is needs to be removed and recognized for what they are — not a patriot in any sense of the word and not even a whistle-blower, but an agitator who only wants to continue to fuel the division developing in this country — until it explodes.