The great state of Arizona has a bill in the works to ban sewage access to undocumented human beings living here.
State Senator Frank Gabacho took to the Senate Floor and said “Mexicans are coming here illegally and literally shitting all over our country. And now we have to use our precious water to dispose of their illegal feces?”
The new bill would require each household that is connected to the public sewage system to first get a license before the local municipality allows any waste to be discharged from the house.
“We’ve already got enough problems here in the desert and we don’t need to deal with anymore crap from these illegals. They should deal with their own crap. This bill is also meant to make life so miserable that these wetbacks will self-deport back to Mexico,” Sen. Gabacho added.
If you haven’t read David Dorado Romo’s “Ringside Seat To a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez: 1893-1923,” (Cinco Puntos Press), do so. It is a book I wish that I would have written. A pictorial history of the Mexican Revolution, it also sees events through a trans-border prism that includes a Chicana/o lens.
Contract Mexican laborers being fumigated with the pesticide DDT in Hidalgo, Texas, in 1956. Leonard Nadel, Courtesy National Museum of American History.
My favorite story is of the Mexican gas baths forcefully given Mexican immigrants upon entering the country (for over 50 years) and the little known story of Carmelita Torres, a seventeen year old Mexican maid who crossed over into El Paso from Juarez to clean houses in 1917.
Carmelita refused to take a gasoline bath when she entered the United States. The soldiers would often stare at the disrobed Mexican women as they were forced to take the baths. Carmelita was aware that a similar gasoline bath had burned the inmates in the El Paso jail to death when a fire ignited the gas. Carmelita, tired of suffering this indignity, agitated the other passengers on the trolley. Thirty passengers joined the protest, touching off two days of uprisings.
The Los Angeles Times reported on January 30, 1917,
“Nine hundred and twenty-nine Mexicans were given baths at the United States immigration station today, the third day of the enforcement of quarantine regulations as a preventative of typhus fever. … The only disturbance today was when two Mexican men and one woman were arrested by local police officers at the American end of the international bridge. They were placed in the City Jail on charges of inciting a riot, the specific charge being that they crossed the international line and assaulted Sgt. J. M. Peck of the Twenty-Third United States Infantry and Inspector Roy Scuyler of the customs service. The woman was later dismissed and the men fined in Police Court.”
The night before the Times reported that
“THOUSANDS OF MEXICANS BLOCK TRAFFIC IN ANTI-AMERICAN DEMONSTRATION.”
The Court has thrown out Section 28, which is the provision that required schools to collect data on the immigration status of students who enroll in school.
The Court has temporarily blocked two sections of the law, Section 10 and Section 27. Section 10 is also known as the “papers please” section. It created a state crime if an immigrant was not carrying an alien registration document. Section 27 forbid citizens from entering into contracts with illegal immigrants.
The Court upheld Sections 12a, 18, 30 of the law. Section 12a allows police to detain suspected illegal aliens. Section 18 required authorities to make a reasonable effort to determine the immigration status of a driver found not to be carrying a drivers license. Section 30 forbid any illegal immigrant from entering into a business transaction with the state or any political subdivision thereof.
The Court found that if the case were to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States is likely to succeed in the following sections of the law: 10, 11a, 13a, 16, 17 and 27.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange issued a one sentence statement saying, “While we are still reviewing todays ruling, we are pleased that the court recognized the validity of our arguments and upheld several provisions of Alabamas law.”
Alabama’s immigration law is considered the toughest in the nation, but the federal government sued, arguing the state had overstepped its authority. The federal government contends that Congress has the sole power to legislate issues dealing with immigration.
via Court Rules on Alabamas Anti-Immigrant Law HB-56 – Cuéntame.
First Tom Horne did not understand that federal trumps the state, and neither did John Pedicone and the TUSD board when it came to HB2281 and the federal desegregation order that created Mexican American Studies in Tucson.
Cartoon: Lalo Alcaraz
Now, Jan Brewer thinks she can supersede the President on the new DREAMers policy that went into effect today, which is probably good for a few Fox News cycles of hate:
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer reiterated to state agencies today that they must deny driver’s licenses and other public benefits to undocumented youth who can remain in the country without fear of deportation under a new federal program.
In a Wednesday executive order, Brewer affirmed those youth will not be re-categorized as lawful citizens. The order maintains the status quo, but is intended to cut through some confusion created by President Barack Obama’s program, Brewer’s spokesman said.
The Governor’s Office believes 80,000 youth will be affected by the new program, which defers deportations for young illegal immigrants who mention certain criteria.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20120815arizona-brewer-bars-public-benefits-illegal-immigrants.html
A protest is planned today at 6pm, stay tuned for more:
ADAC is marching to the capitol at 6:00pm from the ADAC office! Join us! Follow the conversation on twitter #march4dream #protectazdreamers
In an era when border travel has become increasingly problematic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now proposing to expand the geographic area Mexican nationals can travel within the state of New Mexico.
Invoking its rule-making authority, the DHS proposed August 9 an expansion of the geographic limit in New Mexico for holders of a Border Crossing Card, or other proper documentation besides a CBP Form 1-94, from the current 25 miles north of the border to 55 miles.
“This change is intended to promote commerce and tourism in southern New Mexico while still ensuring that sufficient safeguards are in place to prevent illegal entry to the U.S.,” the DHS stated in its notice of proposed rule-making.
Dating back to a system first put in place in1953, the modern-day Border Crossing Card allows Mexican nationals to travel within certain geographic boundaries for up to 30 days. In 1999, the old Immigration and Naturalization Service expanded the geographic limit to 75 miles in Arizona but kept the 25 mile-limit for New Mexico, Texas and California. Currently, Mexican nationals can travel to Tucson for shopping and other purposes.
According to the DHS, applicants for the Border Crossing Card and other appropriate travel documents are vetted by the department’s personnel and/or staff from the Department of State.
From San Diego to Brownsville, Mexican consumers constitute a significant and often indispensable source of income for U.S. border businesses. Until now, New Mexico has been at a formal disadvantage in the border commerce game.
In proposing the extension of the border zone, the DHS specifically mentioned the high poverty rates in the New Mexico border counties of Hidalgo, Luna and Dona Ana, and the benefits greater Mexican tourism and consumer spending could bring to local economies.
For instance, a 55-mile limit would allow greater numbers of Mexican nationals to legally visit Las Cruces, where a shopping mall, musical and cultural performances, fiestas and New Mexico State University are possible destinations of interest.
The DHS is seeking public input on its New Mexico border zone proposal. Interested persons have until October 9 to comment in writing.
For more information: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/08/09/2012-19458/extension-of-border-zone-in-the-state-of-new-mexico
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