Individual Donors Fork Over $500,000 to Defend Arizona’s ‘Show Me Your Papers Law’
July 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)—People from across the country, have answered Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s call to “Keep AZ Safe,” by donating up to $500,000 in individual donations, to help defray the cost of defending SB 1070 against a federal lawsuit. In recent weeks, Brewer has taken to the airwaves via Fox News to fearmonger and distort the immigration statistics for her state, including non existent tales of “illegals” beheading Arizonans and falsely claiming that the majority of undocumented immigrants crossing the border are drug mules. And Brewer’s fear-stoking tactics have apparently successfully filled the coffers of the state’s defense fund.
The defense fund site, dubbed “Keep AZ Safe,” accepts “Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card.”
And Brewer’s decidedly states’ rights appeal for cash, casts Arizona as a victim of federal government overreach:
“Currently Arizona faces many legal challenges to its recently passed laws dealing with border security and immigration. Arizona is proud to defend these laws which are aimed at protecting its citizens and the great State of Arizona and will be very aggressive in their defense.”
The legal challenge filed by the Department of Justice, alleges SB 1070 treads on powers reserved for the federal branch of government based on the preemption clause of the Constitution.
Brewer and the bill’s supporters contend the harsh anti-immigration law is needed to protect its state from being “overrun” with “illegals,” although immigration from Mexico to the U.S. has slowed due to the recession and beefed up federal security along border crossings. And crime rates have gone down in Arizona.
The bill’s supporters also deny the law would result in profile profiling, but even a state-produced training video acknowledges that reasonable suspicion would involve racial profiling, such dress, speaking poor English, traveling in a crowded car and congregating in known Latino areas.