Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Backlash

The ripples of the Arizona immigration bill, known as SB 1070, are beginning to be felt in the place where people care about it: the wallet. Even the very conservative Phoenix paper Arizona Republic is, after making the obligatory acknowledgment that the law is unjust and unfair, saying that the worst effect it could have on the state is economic and further erode the state’s image across the country and around the world.

SB 1070 lifts the blindfold of Lady Justice and commands her to see one different from the other, irrespective of innocence. Brewer’s televised signing ceremony for this harsh, unnecessary legislation constitutes the low point of an administration we have come to admire for its often surprising grit in the face of hard times. We held out hope for more.

Whether Arizona pays a price for indulging the whims of state Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, is no longer the issue. We are paying a price. Not since the dismal days of our nationally infamous fight over a holiday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has the profile of Arizona descended this low.

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This is very bad law. And this is not the end of the fight against it.

And if that’s not proof enough that the bill is too harsh, even Tom Tancredo, the poster-child for anti-immigration rhetoric, thinks SB 1070 is too much. That should tell you something.

HT to digby.