There is little doubt that Latinos–citizen and non-citizen taxpayers-are keeping close watch to see what Judge Bolton decides on the Arizona Racial Profiling Legalization Law (SB1070). Whatever the decision could affect everything from voter participation in November to civil disobedience in the next few hours.
Syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette has a scathing editorial on how the two major political parties have left Latinos in the lurch when it comes to immigration reform.
According to the Washington Post, Obama recently invited a small group of pro-immigrant activists to the White House and reassured them once more that he is committed to reform. But, he said, it would sure help if they stopped criticizing him publicly for dragging his feet. If they want to complain about someone, he said, they should take aim at Republicans.
This is high-grade cynicism. Instead of delivering for a loyal Democratic constituency that helped elect him, Obama dodges responsibility for his own failures and then tries to throw his critics off the scent by pointing them toward what he insists is the real obstacle to reform: the party that lost the White House two years ago and no longer controls Congress.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Arpaio is getting ready to bust some heads, it seems like.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he’s “not going to put up with any civil disobedience” when the state’s new immigration law takes effect.
Arpaio says that if protesters want to block his jail, he’ll put them in it.
The uneasiness is in the air within the Latino community, no matter if one is in Arizona or elsewhere.
And the whiny people at Netroots Nations who were “paper checked” by mock ICE agents thought they felt threatened?