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.


6 Responses to “Individual Donors Fork Over $500,000 to Defend Arizona’s ‘Show Me Your Papers Law’”

  1. republicanblack on July 9th, 2010 12:53 pm

    First of all the states have every right to cut down on illegals. And they have the power to within their own jurisdiction, they can pass legislation to ban business from hiring people. They can get a work card or use e-verify and they will leave themselves and not come anymore, plus they can stiffen the fines related to hiring illegals. Its just that businesses finance politicains and business hire illegals, (white folks, they are not taking our jobs, our white brothers and sisters are firing us and hiring them). So this is just for show, plus I understand why this law is constitutional. I was not convinced, but after reading this article I changed my mind..take a look

  2. Debbie on July 9th, 2010 1:57 pm

    I have never before donated to any politician or measure (and probobaly never will again), but this is one issue that I totally agree with so I have made a donation to the AZ fund. It is a shame how our gov’t refuses to enforce the immigration laws and continue to allow millions of illegals to break many laws with no consequences. Oshama, Nappy, the Dems and ICE are spineless, pandering traitors who show they care more about illegals than Americans. Those politicians who support the traitors and illegals will be out of a job come November. If they will not perform their duties as elected, then they do not deserve to serve.

  3. TranquilMarz on July 9th, 2010 2:11 pm

    Why don’t you come to Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas, and see how police officers are getting death threats from drug cartels, and how they have been advised to sleep with their guns? Columbia is safer than ever because all the major drug cartels are now housed in northern Mexico right on our border. Hundreds of innocent Mexicans are dying on the streets or in mass graves every day thanks to this drug violence on the border which has increased exponentially in the past few years. The Mexican border towns have more murders per day than anywhere which is not already declared a war zone. If cops pull over an illegal alien there is no way to issue a citation, put a warrant out for his arrest, etc., because he is not in our systems. I think we should make the legalization process easier for individuals wanting to become American citizens, but THAT is a federal issue. Protecting the US from drug cartels and illegal immigrants getting better healthcare than US citizens for free is also a federal obligation… but they aren’t doing anything to fix it. And btw they do get healthcare for free. In Texas, illegal immigrants can go to any emergency room they choose and be treated gratis. They can also get a special card that allows them to go to certain doctors for things like mammograms for free. I know this because I know people who do this and choose to do this because it’s cheaper than paying for health insurance. Americans can either have insurance or die. Either way, the federal government is not protecting the people of the southwest. The southwest is simply trying to find a way to protect its people.

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