First they came . . .

                    


Yesterday Arizona’s governor signed into law legislation
making it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant.

It is the first state in the country to do so.
Word has it the xenophobes’ next target is Colorado.


(Mike Keefe 4.24.10)

"SB 1070, also known as the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act,”
would allow police officers to arrest a person based on “reasonable suspicion ” that he or she
is an undocumented immigrant. Police departments could face lawsuits by individuals who believe
they are not enforcing the law." 

Isn’t that great?  The fear-based, angry white mob that would be better served directing its rage
at Wall Street, NAFTA, CAFTA, etc. can now sue the police for not arresting enough people of color.

As Martin Niemöller said in 1946:
"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."

Niemöller knows from whence he speaks; he spent time in Dachau.
                         

8 thoughts on “First they came . . .

  1. A lot of us in CA spoke up about Prop. 8. And look what happened anyway.

    I am beginning to think it’s not possible any more for “ordinary” citizens to make a difference against organizations with bank and influence. That won’t stop me from speaking out against this kind of travesty, but I do sometimes feel I’m a voice crying in the wilderness…

    • I totally get that voice crying out in the wilderness feeling, Melodye. It’s so disheartening. Maybe if we hung tea bags from our hats and proclaimed ourselves “Genuine Patriots,” we’d get a little attention and respect.

  2. I’m not positive, but I don’t believe AZ’s law is constitutional. It seems to violate at least 2 Supreme Court cases about when/why police may stop somebody.

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