Arizona’s new “reasonable suspicion” law to crack down on illegal immigrants spawned protests all over the country this weekend, even though Arizona governor Jan Brewer disingenuously claimed after signing the bill that she doesn’t even know what an illegal immigrant looks like.
Since about 30% of Arizona’s population is Hispanic, we’re supposed to believe the governor can’t tell a Mexican from a Swede.
The only way police can possibly deflect accusations that they’re picking on Mexicans in droves is to do the opposite.
So, all you blond-haired, blue-eyed Nordic types, make sure your papers are in order because the authorities will be gunning for you. Maybe you should laminate your documents and wear them around your necks like rabies tags.
And I’d stay away from that IKEA in Tempe. They must know it’s a hub for your kind and may organize a sting to send you packing, along with your streamlined, highly functional furniture.
Almost as if addicted to scorn, Arizona is also working on a “birther” law that requires presidential candidates to provide proof of citizenship to get on the state’s ballot. Arizona apparently doesn’t recognize Hawaii as a state, and they’re determined to shut out Obama in 2012.
To avoid potential legal challenges asserting Hawaii’s statehood, I suggest amending the legislation to require all candidates to come from states not separated from Arizona by water.
John McCain must be bursting with pride that Arizona has gone rogue. All he needs is a few more visits by Sarah Palin and his re-election by a plurality of paranoid bigots in November should be in the bag.