SB 1070: Summer Fun, Arizona Style
June, 23 2016 (Fault Lines) — Arizona appears to be swarming with border patrol agents in paramilitary gear at check points in what most Americans would view as a scene out of a futuristic dystopian movie. Just another day in Arizona.
In 2010, the ACLU of Northern California issued a serious travel warning for the Fourth of July holiday. No, it wasn’t about the proliferation of drug cartels in Mexico, or the smell of urine and feces in much of downtown San Francisco, or even the fact that if you live anywhere else in Northern California and you step in poop, at least you can be reasonably sure it’s dog poop.
It wasn’t a red flag warning about the weather, either.
The law, known as SB 1070, coldly lists its aim and method:
The legislature declares that the intent of this act is to make attrition through enforcement the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona.
Attrition is the action or process of gradually reducing the effectiveness or existence of things, like people, through sustained attack or pressure. Julia Harumi Mass, a staff attorney for the Northern California ACLU stated:
We are deeply concerned that under this law, people who look ‘foreign’ are more likely to be stopped for minor traffic infractions like jaywalking and then asked for their ‘papers’ if police believe, just by looking at them, that they could be in the country unlawfully.
The text of the bill makes the claim that its purpose is to discourage illegal immigration and economic activity.
Here we are, six years later, and the fourth of July will soon be upon us; a day to remember, when those 13 little colonies threw off the shackles of tyranny, oppression and servitude to birth a new nation where that kind of crap should never happen.
The ACLU of Northern California has not issued a new travel advisory so is it safe to pack up the car and head for a look at Arizona’s untamed wilds? For one thing, this guy is still there and could care less what anyone else thinks. Plus, it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere soon. He would miss his pink attired inmates and it’s been rumored (by me) that his deputies like to call him “daddy.”
A recent report commissioned by the Homeland Security Advisory Council and co-authored by none other than William Bratton, who oddly said the same thing about the NYPD in 2014, states that the system for disciplining corrupt border patrol agents was “broken.”
He must have fixed the NYPD in two years, leaving him with plenty of time to turn his attention elsewhere. Wouldn’t it be great if he could whip the border patrol into shape before the Fourth?
But that may be asking a bit too much.
Among the abuses the ACLU and two University of Arizona Law professors discovered to have been committed by border patrol agents are:
“terrorizing” motorists “into the interior of the country;” detaining and searching travelers after false alerts by service canines; threatening people with assault rifles and other weapons; destroying personal property.
These instances are from the governments own records.
Arizona is crawling with border patrol agents; thousands of them. Prior to preparation for any trip to or through Arizona, you should stop in front of a mirror and see if you look “foreign.” Even if you don’t, but you hate being detained, searched, questioned or abused for no particular reason, you might want to stay out of Arizona anyway.