Az. GOPer Wants to Cut off Electricity, Water of Illegal Immigrants
July 1, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The war against undocumented immigrants and Latinos in the state of Arizona, continues to the point of absurdity. The harsh anti-immigration law has fueled an alarming atmosphere of xenophobia and hate that Republican nativist politicians have used to their advantage to stoke fear. Barry Wong is one of those politicians. A former state representative, now running for a seat on the Corporation Commission, he is proposing a new mean-spirited attack on undocumented immigrants. Wong wants to literally turn off the lights in their homes. As well as water, gas and even telephone services. That will show em’!
Wong made his remarks during an interview with The Arizona Republic. He claims the surge in undocumented immigrants strains public energy resources that increases rates for everyone. Wong proposes having utility companies check the immigration status of its customers. Those customers unable to provide sufficient proof of citizenship would have their utilities cut off.
Wong dismisses criticism that his draconian plan would pose public health or human rights issues:
‘”I’m sure there will be criticism about human-rights violations,” said Wong, who held a temporary spot on the five-person Commission in 2006. “Is power or natural gas or any type of utility we regulate, is that a right that people have? It is not a right. It is a service.”‘
“Cutting electricity, water, natural gas, even telephone lines at the homes of illegal immigrants, he said, would lower costs for the rest of the state’s customers. He believes the population spike caused by illegal immigrants forces the state to build new power plants and then raise rates for customers.”
Wong is not the first Arizona politician to use electricity as a weapon in the immigration battle. Gary Pierce, a member of the Corporation Commission, threatened to use his position on the board that controls utilities to deny power to neighboring Los Angeles, as punishment for the city’s boycott of Arizona over SB 1070 that permits racial profiling.
Wong defends his callous plan, based on conservative cost-cutting principles. Wong asks: “The question is: Is it the right thing to do in terms of rates?”
Mr. Wong has no shame. He is an American-born son of Chinese immigrant parents, according to his campaign website. “Barry’s parents lived amid the civil war in China between the Nationalist government and the invading Mao’s Communists. They were among the lucky ones who were able to escape China and the eventual Bamboo Curtain as China fell to Mao and his army,” reads his bio.
Wong’s parents came to America for a better way of life—for freedom and opportunity for their children. Now he is targeting Hispanic immigrants to ensure they suffer additional misery and privation.