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Protest Emperor Pearce’s SB1611 and other racist Arizona laws Feb. 25

On Friday, February 25, Derechos Humanos is sponsoring a demonstration to protest Arizona Emperor Russell Pearce’s omnibus SB1611 (nicknamed SB1070 on steroids) and other recent racist laws passed or considered by the Arizona Legislature. The protest will be held at 4 p.m. at the state building in downtown Tucson (corner of Congress and Granada).

SB1611 is so far-reaching that it forces citizens and institutions at multiple levels of society to become immigration officers. Radio, newspaper, and citizen journalists have decried SB1611 because it will force schools, universities, hospitals, and even homeschooling moms to verify citizenship of the people to whom they provide services. It also includes strict penalties for non-compliance; for a complete list, check this link.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union:

“This bill is miles beyond SB1070 in terms of its potential to roll back the rights and fundamental freedoms of both citizens and non-citizens alike,” said Alessandra Soler Meetze, executive director of the ACLU of Arizona. “It demonstrates the lack of leadership, lack of priorities and complete lack of understanding by some Arizona lawmakers of what it really means to uphold the Constitution of the United States and Arizona.”

In addition to 1611, the Arizona Legislature has passed or is considering several other racist laws:

1225— targets forgery of documents used to rent, purchase or lease a dwelling in order to prevent drop houses that could hold undocumented people, but the law could be used to entrap and penalize innocent people who are knowingly or unknowingly helping friends who are not citizens.

SB1308— one of the so-called “anchor baby” laws which would change who is eligible to receive citizenship and a US birth certificate and regulate how the new Arizona birth certificates will work with US birth certificates (which would still recognize the 14th amendment).

SB1309— another “anchor baby” law which would dictate who is eligible to receive “Arizona citizenship.”

SB1405— restricts who can receive hospital services in Arizona and mandates that hospital personnel verify citizenship and call immigration– rather than provide services– when they discover an undocumented patient.

SB1509— increases the penalty for making false statements under oath.

Of course, this is far from a complete list of crazy and unnecessary bills being considered by the Arizona Legislature this session.

Ironically, in just a few weeks, the Teapublican candidates who campaigned on smaller government and more freedom have proposed more than 600!!!! pieces of new legislation that do nothing to solve the state’s problems or give Arizonans more freedom. If anything– except for loosening gun laws even further– the new bills restrict the freedom of Arizonans. For the most part these bills are:  pro-gun, anti-women’s rights, anti-anyone-who-is-not-straight-and-white, anti-poor-and-sick people, pro-fetus-but-anti-children, anti-education, anti-federal government, anti-municipal government, and my personal favorite…authorization of half-a-billion in corporate welfare. Groan

So, if you are fed up with Emperor Pearce’s shenanigans, come out tomorrow with a sign denouncing your favorite piece of Legislative nonsense and bring a friend!

4 comments on “Protest Emperor Pearce’s SB1611 and other racist Arizona laws Feb. 25

  1. D. Porter
    February 24, 2011

    Viva Russell Pearce! Hope he runs for president in 2012 and locks that scumbag globalist NWO puppet ObaMao up for his crimes for a long, long time.
    Illegal aliens are criminals and parasites, one and all. Their very presence here and practically everything they do on U.S. soil is illegal. They need to be ferreted out, rounded up like cattle, punished for their numerous crimes, then booted back to whence they snuck in from with such extreme prejudice that they will never, ever think of violating our sovereignty again. Enough is enough.   


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  3. Matthew Laos
    February 24, 2011

    The Dream Act and Comprehensive Immigration reform are constructive means to deal with immigration issues of  today and not arbitrary state laws.  Ronald Reagen met the immigration issue of his time with a reasonable framework of inclusiveness and there is no reason we cannot do that again.   As Democrats and Republicans, we need to look to our history which provides clear evidence that inclusiveness and not divisiveness is the better approach.    Guadalupe Hidalgo is a treaty in perpetuity and pre-dates Arizona Statehood and cannot be ignored.  Our relationship with Mexico as a contiguous country cannot be ignored nor our common heritage to anyone of Mexican descent, past, present or future.  Our civil rights history cannot be ignored.  The future of Arizona and of the country is laid out from  its past which has a pre-existing history of tolerance  which cannot be ignored.  We need to remember our past which will set us forward to a brighter future, one Nation, under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.


  4. Hannah
    March 10, 2011

    You know in other western countries people are not able to rent videos if they don’t have proof of they are legal residents in the country! Places like Denmark and other very civilized liberal countries! I lived in Denmark and wasnt allowed to even open a bank account, rent a video, take classes at university without proof that I was legal!   Even Brazil has legislation like this to prevent supporting illegals. The problem is this country fosters it because of the cheap labor and its is so wrong because we are exploiting them and paying for it in our tax dollars! Let these people come here legally if we need them in our work force and let prices of goods go up because the service to make them is expensive! That is the right way to do it.


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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