SACRAMENTO: SCREW YOU ARIZONA
Posted by Andrew Roman on June 17, 2010
But they are the ones who will be doing harm to “people of color” working legally in Arizona.
It was done, they said, to protest racial profiling.
But they are the ones who view the immigration debate as a racial issue, not a legal one.
It was done, they said, because they are on the right side of history.
But they are the ones who spit in the face of this country’s long tradition of legal immigration from all corners of the globe.
They care about people – except citizens and legal aliens.
They care about families – except those that will be directly affected by any and all Arizona boycotts (including countless Hispanics).
And who exactly are “they”?
While one can certainly insert any number of open-border leftist groups into that slot, today’s the spotlight shines on the Sacramento, California City Council. Two nights ago, they made it their business to tackle an issue so pressing and so relevant to the citizens of California’s capitol city that Councilman Rob Fong, when asked why the group would deal with this matter as they did, said, “How can we not?”
Sacramento is placing economic sanctions on the State of Arizona.
From the Sacramento Bee:
The sanctions passed by a 6-1 council vote are on par with the broadest actions passed by other California cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland.
They include forbidding city workers from attending conferences in Arizona on the city’s dime, boycotting companies based in Arizona “where practicable and where there is no significant additional cost to the city” and potentially canceling current contracts with firms from Arizona.
Because there is nothing more responsible than officially endorsing unlawfulness – not to mention imposing sanctions on fellow, law-abiding Americans of a different state.
Opponents of the boycott said the City Council should not have weighed in on the actions of another state and urged the council to concentrate on other issues, including the city budget.
But supporters of the boycott far outnumbered opponents at the council meeting, with many describing the discussion as a civil rights issue.
“This is about Sacramento. This is about every state in our nation,” said Melinda Guzman, a local attorney. “This is not just about Arizona.”
And an overwhelming majority of all Americans from every state in our nation support Arizona’s illegal immigration law.
It’s astonishing how leftists believe they can pick and choose the laws they wish to obey.
If, for instance, there are signed and sealed business contracts between parties in Arizona and Sacramento, then what? Is it suddenly okay to breach those commitments because a group of misguided, ill-informed, dim-witted, leftist crusaders want to throw their support behind unlawful behavior? Is it now acceptable to renege on contractual agreements in the name of solidarity with those who are violating American immigration laws?
And if these broken contracts wind up in litigation, who foots the expense?
Three syllables: taxpayer.
Unfortunately, as is the wont of the left, no one ever bothers to ask, “What happens next?” Thomas Sowell calls it a lack of Stage Two thinking.
And if people can choose which laws they will or will not honor – in this case, at the expense of sovereignty and security – where does it end?