Does Sarah Palin Support Arizona’s Law? You Betcha She Does!

In her latest right-wing cheerleading routine, former Alaska Governor/Tea Party Squad Captain, Sarah Palin, shook her political pompoms for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer at a press conferences defending Arizona’s controversial immigration law (SB 1070). Palin, who appeared shoulder to shoulder with Gov. Brewer on Saturday, used the opportunity to take a few pot shots at President Obama, repeat the words “illegal immigration” and “borders,” and wag her finger around. The event was dedicated to the launch of Brewer’s new website, “Secure the Border,” which features “East Coast media” gotcha tactics, Sarah Palin’s face, drug and kidnapping statistics and a bevy of ridiculous headlines designed to equate the words “immigrants” and “criminal.” For all its mavericky-ness, however, Gov. Brewer and her new website still fail to explain how Arizona’s law will help solve our immigration problems, target drug-smugglers or end violent crime along the border.

After weeks of negative press, calls for boycotts, and talk of legal challenges to Arizona’s law, Gov. Brewer is on the defensive—as evidenced by trotting out Sarah Palin to launch a new website. For the most part, Palin used Arizona’s controversy as a soap box for her Tea Party talking points—Washington: broken, President: bad, Sarah: good.

It’s time for Americans across this great country to stand up and say ‘We’re all Arizonans now and, in clear unity, we say, ‘Mr. President, do your job, secure our border!’

The website—a virtual treasure trove of Palin trademarks—features a string of gratuitous, cherry-picked news articles which paint a picture of undocumented immigrants as drug-smuggling, child-stealing murderers. (Immigrants you say? Not in my back yard!) The website also features an article about Attorney General Eric Holder at a House Judiciary Committee hearing in which Holder admits to glancing, not reading, the Arizona law. Gotcha! Wait, how does that help me understand how Arizona’s law is good for America?

More importantly, however, the website trumpets a new report, The Arizona-Mexico Border: An Update, prepared by the Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN). The report points to the need for targeted law-enforcement efforts directed against criminal gangs that smuggle drugs and illegal immigrants into Arizona from Mexico, and smuggle guns from Arizona back into Mexico. Yet there is nothing in that report which suggests that a broad-based anti-illegal-immigrant measure such as SB 1070 is a useful crime-fighting tool. The report actually portrays illegal immigrants as being among the primary victims of the kidnappings in Phoenix which have garnered so much media attention recently.

While Sarah Palin and Governor Brewer’s new website do a bang-up job of pointing out that crime exists along the border and that undocumented immigration is a problem, it neglects to explain how Arizona’s law will help solve our immigration problems. That’s because SB 1070 doesn’t. All the finger-pointing, immigrant-baiting and pandering in the world doesn’t make up for the fact that the only real solution to undocumented immigration is reforming our entire immigration system.

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  • Love2Watch

    Yes Reform, Reform Reform and it will be good for Americans economy and propsperity. Help families to reunited and help young people to achieved their dreams.
    Family Reunification and Dream Act is essential legislation that needed to pass this year.

  • Brad Garday

    People are basically stupid. They start to read something and they stop and focus ONLY on what they want to hear and block out what is important. 1070 is an EXCELLENT overdue bill and is not based on profiling or racism. 1070 is about forcing the invaders or illegals to do this the right way. Why should hard working true Americans be forced to support illegals? Why are Americans forced to cater to NON ENGLISH SPEAKING invaders? We need another law called “show true Americans respect” learn and speak ENGLISH or go back to where you come from you are not ready to live in this great nation! I firmly believe those who refuse and fail to learn english could be terrorists. How do we know what they are talking about in public? We don’t!

  • The first order of business for completely reforming the entire immigration system would be in enacting easily enforceable laws that crack down on businesses that hire undocumented workers. That would directly help to slow the flow of illegal immigration coming across the border. However, I won’t hold my breath for such common sense among policy makers as there are too many hands in the money pot from the likes of Washington fat cats and the elite.

    A blind eye will continue to be turned despite the occasional hype meant to mask such capitalistic greed that has become a staple of America’s relationship with Mexico since the revolving door policy known Immigration Act of 1924 which initiated a quota system for European immigrants but conventionality did not apply to countries in the Western Hemisphere — the US pool of cheap labor was safely reserved south of the border. Also, we cannot forget that during the Depression some 500,000 Mexicans were repatriated back to Mexico to free up the scarce job situation — not only were many of them citizens or had a legal right to be here, but as soon as agriculture demands boomed a decade later the US asked for them back under the Bracero Program.

    Rather than President Obama heeding the current call of the GOP to secure our borders, he needs to nip the real culprit in the bud– capitalist greed.

  • I got into some trouble in Arizona –

  • Seth Hoy

    @Brad Garday

    “True Americans?” “Invaders?” “…those who refuse and fail to learn english could be terrorists?”

    You’re right, SB 1070 has nothing to do with racial profiling.

  • Tony W

    Within the past few years, there were rumblings of proposals to implement restrictionist state immigration laws in Alaska. If I recall correctly, those proposals went no where (sort of like that famous bridge/non-bridge). They certainly weren’t championed by the former governor. In 2008, her position certainly wasn’t in the pro-enforcement camp (see: Amazingly, her void on the topic has been filled in 2010. Unfortunately, that void has been filled with FAIR’s garbage agenda.

  • John

    Brad Garday is an idiot on most, maybe all issues