Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sanctuary City Mayor Gordon Panders to Hispanic Voters - Compares Maricopa County to Selma in '50's and '60's

Sanctuary City Mayor Gordon Panders to Hispanic Voters - Compares Maricopa County to Selma in '50's and '60's

Phoenix, Arizona is second in the world only to Mexico City in kidnappings; illegal immigrant drop houses are discovered daily, police officers and civilians are murdered by illegal immigrants, thousands march in its streets carry foreign flags and demanding rights for those illegally in the United States, and the mayor of this sanctuary city compares those trying to enforce our immigration laws with racist sheriff's in the south of the '50's and '60's.

The Arizona Republic has reported that Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, a Democrat, who is term limited in 2012, addressed the Reform Not Raids National Summit in Phoenix hosted by Somos America/We are America and said that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's workplace raids and immigration sweeps have given people the impression the state is becoming a hotbed for racial discrimination.

The mayor of America's fifth largest city made his remarks nearly a year after he first denounced the sheriff for enforcing immigration laws at a Cesar Chavez luncheon.

Gordon, who was in Washington, D.C., this week telling lawmakers that more federal money was needed to combat immigration related violence said, "several people told me that, due to profiling and other civil-rights abuses by the Maricopa County Sheriff, Arizona is getting the same reputation as Alabama had in the 1950's." Gordon didn't give any names however of who those several people were.

According to the Republic, Gordon told reporters that Arpaio is "not using dogs or hoses, but he's targeting people of color."

Gordon complained that Arpaio's crime-suppression sweeps that are used to enforce Arizona's employer-sanctions and anti-smuggling laws, have taken place in mostly Hispanic neighborhoods or target day laborers.

Playing the race card and painting everyone who supports enforcement of our immigration laws as nativist and racist is the only card those in favor of illegal immigration have to play and they wont let the truth get in the way.

Danny Ortega, an attorney and the summit's chairman said that he believes Maricopa County is the new Selma, Alabama. "The same thing that was happening to the African-American community in Selma in the '50's and '60's is now happening in Maricopa County today at the hands of Sheriff Joe Arpaio," Ortega said.

Contrary to Danny Ortega's revised history of the United States, Americans of African ancestry did not enter the United States illegally but most were forced over as slaves to provide cheap labor. Illegal immigrants do provide greedy employers with cheap labor, much as slaves once did, slavery was abolished in the United States however, by the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in 1865. To make any comparison of the treatment and blatant discrimination that American citizens of African ancestry suffered with the rights illegal immigrant of today enjoy, insults and minimizes the societal trauma of slavery and the struggle for civil rights in America.

Gordon has wrote to the Justice Department and asked them to look into complaints that sheriff's deputies were using racial profiling in their enforcement of federal immigration laws. In February, four lawmakers who are Democrats asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a Republican.

This month the Justice Department notified the sheriff that they had launched an investigation focused on whether deputies are engaging in "patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures," the Republic reported.

It may take America a long time to get illegal immigration under control as long as we have cheap politicians like Mayor Phil Gordon of Phoenix.

Bob Haran,

American Conservative Republican

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