In 1960's they had Sheriff Bull Conner's who died unrepentant, in a wheel chair, his boss "Governor Wallace" did in his later years repent, he to died in a wheel chair only difference one repented one did not, one ended in a wheel chair due to a assassins bullet, the other due to a stroke, we have our modern day version up in Phoenix thank god he does not work in Tucson, Sheriff Arpaio and his tent cities, denial of medical care to his charges, costing Maricopa county tax payers hundred of millions in lost civil suits, judgments to pay for his addiction to Marquis De Sade practices, as well as his apparent genetic defect of skin tone intolerance! But he has his fans, and they richly deserve one another, and one day they will spend all eternity on the lake of fire debating why they ended there but then it will be to late, only the crying, gnashing of the teeth and claw will be something they can truly share together!
The poor fellow who calls himself Jon Justice not his real name, famous for a dog drowning hoax in Michigan is upset at this commentary by his arch enemy, not a right wing radio fan but love to hear them rant and rave, knowing they are running their blood pressures up to near premature cardiac arrest when someone of whom they feel is not a die hard extreme right winger says something they go bonkers over! It takes no rocket scientist to see the analogy of 1960's Selma Alabama and these racist protests we see today on illegal immigrants, refugees, pick the name which allows you to sleep at night, but their only real crimes for most part is being born poor, in countries rampant with crime, corruption! The good thing is Jesus will sort these racists out on judgment day, eternity is a long time to pay for a momentary minute of joy excercising your racism!
Fraser, you are clearly not an attorney so you may not know that even foreign nationals who enter this country illegally have legal rights. Among those rights is the right to claim refugee status. Congress created an expedited return policy for immigrants who are citizens of contiguous nations: Canada and Mexico. This was an alteration of the policy that applies to other nations' citizens. They may all be the same to you ("peons") but under the laws and Constitution of the United States, which conservatives like to brandish like a weapon but rarely actually read, these people do indeed have legal rights. The Tea Party-controlled House of Representatives has refused to alter the law to implement expedited return, and also refused (so far) to fund the processes needed to expedite their hearings and pay for their care. I'm sure you would be happy to have them chained together and marched into the desert to meet their fate, but at least so far we haven't implemented a death penalty for undocumented immigration and even if we did THEY WOULD STILL HAVE LEGAL RIGHTS. Get it? You might read up on this and educate yourself. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/16/5813406/expla…
Nothing wrong with immigration from many countries. That "white bread honeymoon" has brought you the level of lifestyle you now enjoy. Things like the Declaration of Independance, Constitution, technology, economy, democracy, defeat of forces like Nazis, Japanese Imperialism, Communism. You seem to welcome the change of America to a Hispanic based culture.
What are they going to "contribute". Obama wants them to eventually vote. If you don't think so you are at least a naive person. If you like a one party system good luck. The immigration has been going on for 200 years. But thats the legal immigration. How many Central American illegals do you want here. How many other illegals will make you happy.
Name calling is infantile. By calling someone a "peon", or any other derogatory/racist term is to demonize them. It labels a person or an entire culture to simplistic levels. Even the poorest and most disenfranchised are complex humans who I believe given a chance may contribute more than votes.
In a rapidly evolving world culture that extends beyond the Tucson sector, things change. There is a cause and effect characteristic to what's happening now, and looking at history with clear vision suggest we are on a rebound from the brief "white bread honeymoon" that the likes of Fraser are already missing. This thinking is regressive and non productive, and most importantly it won't fix anything. Build a bigger wall? More drones, technology, thousands more BP? Looks like you've already lost this war...since "they" aren't going anywhere, and this immigration has been going on for 200 years or more, perhaps those with paranoid racist tendencies, should take over an island where they can force out a few underdeveloped indigenous inhabitants and create their ideal white society where everyone has Anglo names and pinkish white skin and listens to Rush. Sound familiar Fraser?
Civil disobedience has long been the great equalizer in US politics, Civil Rights, the Vietnam demonstrations, even the New York Draft riots
American citizens have rights. Illegal aliens who have "arrived" into the USA during this "crisis" just need to go home. Feed them, house them and take care of their medical needs until the plane arrives to take them home. How does that make them less human.
In 6 months you will never find them for their "hearings". They will have dispersed into the country. All waiting for the amnesty that Obama will try to give them. Am I harsh. Yes. I have no problem with my position. How would feel if you went through all of the procedures to become a proper citizen just to see Obama ignore that and let these peons into the country. (hope I just pissed you off because thats what they are).
By 2045 or so you will wonder why I have this position when you see that this is no longer the United States. I do not believe that it is right that we allowed millions of illegal aliens to stay. We did not protect the border, company owners who needed cheap slave labor and Progressives who needed more bought votes wanted this. I don't think allowing millions of Central Americans into the USA will make this a better country. If you do you are a fool.
First class airline tickets back home is not cruel or inhumane.
Such fine sentiments Steve. I guess you picked up the $15,000 tab for the birth too. Right?
Fix the $%#@^&*N roads. That's what you were elected to do!
Love the streetcar (and non car based transportation modes in general)
Great moral analysis, Councilman. If we can't even show compassion to little children, then what are we good for?
We are a country composed of immigrants, like it or not. Some immigrants and generations of their decedents exhibit racism believing they were entitled to things future immigrants are not entitled to. Xenophobia, paranoia, and racism are symptoms of ignorance, insecurity, and fear. The US has some responsibility for this current humanitarian crisis which is a symptom of NAFTA, and our lust for illegal drugs.
The notion that the Democratic party is sowing seeds for future support is laughable. The Democratic party has trouble tying their own shoes, much less imagining and planning a future voting base that would challenge or even dominate the conservative talking head machine. This mentality is also naive because it is not individual votes in this country that gets one elected, it's super pack money and corporate cronyism. Politicians here are bought especially at the highest levels. We can thank our Supreme Court for that sad fact. So let's let hundreds of thousands of the worlds poorest, most disenfranchised citizens and by default they become Democrats? This would be funny if it weren't so tragic. I wonder how many church going Christians are spitting vitriol and protesting this situation?
Koz was elected as a Republican in a heavily democratic ward because that talentless shill Trasoff had to go. Steve is acutely aware of his position since he became a Democrat. His compassion position is certainly unique for his prior party affiliation and he'll get to see how that flies next election.
The fact still remains that shrill, angry white people trying to obstruct a bus of illegal aliens whom the Feds have granted rights too is just another feather in the cap of conservative haters that have given the state - and now the county - such a bad reputation.
Fraser, I know everything I need to know about you by your use of the word, "peons." It's obviously too subtle a point for you to grasp that you, like the racists of whom Councilman Kozachik speaks, view these people as lesser humans, and thus entitled to less legal protection that you are. No, they are not citizens. But they are fully entitled to the protection of the laws governing their treatment that the Congress of the United States has passed.
To compare these illegal peons with the civil rights workers in Selma is an insult to all black CITIZENS of the United States. Their relatives fought for their freedom in the Civil War and in many wars since then.
Kozachik you are a patsy for President Obama. Clean them up, feed them, check their medical status and sen them home on a first class airline ticket to their home country. It will be a lot cheaper than spending billions of dollars. In 6 months you will never see these people again. Obama loves them because they will be future Democratic voters.
You wanted us to be an "Immigrant Welcoming Community" now you have it. Hope you enjoy it.
Not only are you a patsy you are a fool. The only fools are also the people who voted for you the first time you ran for City Council.
This is starting to look like the Tucson Citizen online.
I tire of this endless vitriole. I'll wager you don't even know the origin of the term "Gringo" do you? Didn't think so....In some school systems, they have English classes, they call them "Language Arts" for fear of Offending thou. But, it's still English. My students of Hispanic descent would sarcastically ask, " why don't you have Spanish classes?" to which I would reply - " ah, we do." They would inquire why. " To make sure you learn to speak Spanish CORRECTLY. " which is true, because many, it has been clarified, don't. Ah, so, "Al Tam" above is so correct. As to your original point, why do Anglos slaughter Spanish? Simple--we live in America. English is our mother tongue and has been since we moved here (Mayflower, remember?, march westward, Gadsden Purchase, we bought the place?...ring a bell?) So, Spanish requires a little work for us, just like English needs a little work for you. It's not that easy for us, and I know from teaching your kids, it is certainly not that easy for you, too. Clear?
There's an awful lot of hatred here in this liberal rag. I think you spelled Lisa's name wrong:
Let the lying about ridership numbers begin. Ala the Sidewinders.
Is that the best you can do? You could at least call me an asshole !
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