Posts Tagged ‘arizona immigration law’

Fox news reports the following:

The campaign to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Phoenix to protest Arizona’s immigration law heated up this week, with some of baseball’s superstars threatening to sit it out and demonstrators trying to deliver thousands of petitions to Commissioner Bud Selig.

The increased pressure coincided with this year’s All-Star Game, which was to be played Tuesday night in Anaheim.

Increased pressure you say. Let see just how much pressure there is as we look at the latest poll from that hotbed of conservatism CBS:

Public support for Arizona’s controversial new immigration law has increased slightly, a new CBS News poll shows, with 57 percent of Americans characterizing the law as “about right” in the way it addresses the issue of illegal immigration.

And the pie graph shows that a further 17% doesn’t think the law goes far enough. Only 23% oppose the law as going too far.

So tell me Baseball owner who wants to draw fans, do you want to draw from the 74% or the 23%. Tell me player who makes millions, how will alienating 74% of the people who pay your salary affect your ability to get a big contract?

Think long and hard before you do something stupid MLB

Back on May 4th I contrasted the 10,000+ tea party rally in Boston with the 300 person open borders rally

The biggest difference between the two groups?

The Tea Party protesters drew 10,000 people to Boston on a weekday and will be a force in the upcoming elections nationally.

The May Day/open borders protesters, drew 300 people to Boston on a Saturday. It remains to be seen if they will have any pull come November.

That very next day the Boston City Council voted for a boycott:

Meanwhile closer to home Boston’s counsel unanimously initiated their own boycott. Governor Patrick blasted the law and questioned the motivations of those proposing tougher rules in the state while in Worcester Tea Party members supporting it were called “racist” and “nazi” as the AG declared: “it is not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts.”

Well that was back in May but with Arizona Gov Jan Brewer coming to Boston I’m sure they would be able to do better…or perhaps not.

What a bust.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, liberal Massachusetts’ Darth Vader du jour, was supposed to draw thousands to Copley Square yesterday to protest what sign-holders called her “racist” and “bigoted” views of immigrants south of her border.

Only a few hundred showed up.

It may have taken 2 months but the City council of Boston has suddenly learned to count and they don’t like the numbers:

Red-faced Boston city councilors who boldly voted to shun the state of Arizona over its new immigration crackdown are now showing signs of boycotter’s regret.

The grandstanding pols kept a low profile when the target of their boycott came to their city on Saturday. Some acknowledged taking a pass on the much-hyped protest of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for weekend vacations and other engagements – while one councilor even admitted the embargo was ill-conceived.

In fact the line seems to be Boycott? Moi?

“I wouldn’t refer to it as a boycott. It was a number of things. It was a statement,” said Ross, who was away for the weekend as the protest took place.

The measure passed with great fanfare. Mayor Thomas M. Menino vowed to scrutinize contracts with Arizona firms. But Menino administration officials have failed to respond when asked if any firms have been singled out for action.

Councilors have privately expressed regret, saying they’ve been verbally accosted by angry constituents and taken aback by the level of national attention the boycott brought.

Jules Crittenden is having a lot of fun with this:

This scurrying is taking place in the wake of the much ballyhooed anti-Arizona protest that fizzled in downtown Boston, when only a few hundred diehard activists with “RACIST” signs showed up, many of them bused in from out of town. Tragic, here in the very Heart of Blueness, that they should have to be outsourcing their moonbattery, to do the protesting that local libs apparently won’t do. No wonder they’re caving so easy.

He continues quoting Genghis Khan a bit, meanwhile no word on if the no longer numerically challenged council are going to reverse themselves.

Now a Memorandum thread Captain Ed at Hotair notices some nuance as well.

according to this report:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a television interview in Ecuador this month that the Obama Justice Department “will be bringing a lawsuit” against the controversial Arizona immigration measure signed into law earlier this year.

The Lonely Conservative has this to say:

You’ve gotta love Jan Brewer. She’s sticking to her guns, and she has public opinion on her side.

Doug Powers hanging at Michelle’s place notes something:

You can’t help but wonder what the cost to taxpayers of this lawsuit will be, and how much fencing and additional border security the money could have paid for. Then again, if the Obama administration gave a damn about border security, drug smuggling and illegal aliens in general (known to the DNC as “potential voters”), they wouldn’t be filing the lawsuit in the first place.

The weekly standard can count:

While this might help Democrats with Latino voters, the law is supported 60/40 overall. This can’t be a fight Democrats want to have before Election Day, right?

While Captain Ed is amazed by the method of letting this out:

Wow … just wow. What a tremendously incompetent manner in which to announce the decision. The Obama administration informed the Ecuadorian people of this decision before the White House informed Americans. I’m not sure if that’s Hope and Change, the New Transparency, or Smart Power.

Gov Brewer is not amused either:

“This is no way to treat the people of Arizona,” said Brewer, who recently set up a legal defense fund to combat challenges to the law. “To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous.”

“If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation,” Brewer added.

And that not the only promise not kept reminds Nice Deb

He was supposed to let her know what he decided on sending National Guard troops to AZ to protect the border. The two weeks were up, yesterday, revealing yet another empty promise from Obama

Nice Deb, being nice wouldn’t do that.

The Big question is why on earth would a US president be suing a US state of a law that mimics US law that a majority of American support? Repeat after me. If you start from the idea

Yet another example of a Mass Pol discovering that decisions have consequences so to speak:

Massachusetts State Rep. Michael J Moran was rear-ended by a 27 year-old illegal immigrant on Friday. Boston’s Fox25 reports,

It gets more interesting he has apparently voted consistently for any kind of legislation to preserve, protect and defend the ability of illegal aliens to remain in the state and get benefits at the expense of the Massachusetts Taxpayer.
Meanwhile the person in question isn’t worried:

“I’m going to go back to my country, Mexico -Nothing is going to happen to me, man!”

Smitty has this to say about the potential coverage:

That said, it will be interesting to watch this “unfortunately undocumented societal victim of Bush-era injustice” move through the system.

Since it is difficult to pursue journalism while pandering, I’d expect this story to get rear-ended by a propaganda-drunk media.

Alas now I’m in Georgia so I can’t get to the bottom of this mess now but it will give me something to do when I get back.