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  • English spoken here: Arizona moves from English-only to stop-and-deport


Comments May 17, 2010 12:08 am

I would much rather see a close analysis of the language of the bills that are the occasion for these comments. The bills are a bit more nuanced than most of the comments of opponents would suggest, and this gives some heft to the Governor's all purpose response--"they obviously haven't read the bills." She scored some public points on the president and the attorney general who acknowledge they had shot off their mouths on the basis of hearsay. That does not mean that their conclusions are wrong, of course. Thus it is important to acknowledge that the immigration bill explicitly forbids racial/ethnic profiling (it's illegal, right?) but then show that a cop is essentially forced to profile in order to enforce the law as required. The governor then has almost nothing to say.Here is a quote from the Guv that English teachers will like: "Arizona has never lacked a shortage of good ideas."

Reply to at 12:08 am May 30, 2010 9:37 pm

Arizona's measures against illegal immigrants I can accept, even if their enforcement methods are a bit questionable. Their desire to keep state business in one language also makes sense, up to a point; however, there will always be immigrant children (and older residents) who have problems remembering English. As far as the ban on ethnic-studies classes, their logic is out-and-out hypocritical: attempts to pass English-only laws promote ethnic solidarity over personal needs. Not to mention their partisan alternative to constitutional-law's times like this I'm glad I live in Wisconsin!

Reply to at 9:37 pm