By Wyatt Earp | May 3, 2010
Let me start off this rant by expressing my undying support for the people of the great state of Arizona. They are taking a lot of crap from the nation’s moonbats because they decided to enforce the existing immigration laws. As a result, the media is branding anyone who supports Arizona Senate Bill 1070 – a whopping 70% of Americans – as racists. Typical. (Logo courtesy of Woody.)
I was waiting to unleash my rage until a decent opportunity presented itself. It did so today with this story, which is terrific because it encompasses the two things I hate more than anything in the world: .
In less than two months, the Arizona Rookie League begins its season. Nearly 140 young players born and raised in Spanish-speaking countries will congregate in Phoenix and its suburbs for their first taste of professional baseball. They may do so as the nation’s most controversial law – the one that says some people who look like them are most certainly not welcome – goes into effect in late July.
That is utterly and completely untrue! This law has nothing to do with skin color! It has everything to do with legality. The only people who are not welcome in Arizona are those who have entered this country illegally. In fact, illegal immigrants are not welcome in any of the 50 states. I guess I can’t blame the writer, because even President Obama is ignorant about the facts of the law, so we should probably expect everyone to spout his incorrect talking points.
The rant continues below the fold.
Baseball’s entanglement in Arizona’s new immigration measure, Senate Bill 1070, goes well beyond the small swath of protesters demanding Major League Baseball pull the 2011 All-Star Game out of Phoenix and boycott Arizona Diamondbacks games. More than 1,000 players, and hundreds more executives, coaches, trainers and business staff, spend about eight weeks of spring training in the Phoenix area. Latin Americans represent 25-plus percent of major league players, and the percentage in the minor leagues is even higher. The sweeping reform, which critics say invites racial profiling, is almost certain to hit baseball if the federal government doesn’t intervene.
Baseball is going the threaten Arizona? Really? Go right ahead. Boycott next year’s All-Star Game, boycott the Diamondbacks, and further disenfranchise thousands of Arizona fans. This isn’t football we’re talking about; it’s freakin’ baseball. And unless I work up in the 1950′s this morning, the sport isn’t popular enough to make demands. It simply doesn’t have the pull.
“There’s no distinguishing characteristic between an undocumented alien and someone who’s here legally,” said Glen Wasserstein, a partner with the Immigration Law Group in Washington. “How do you possibly have reasonable suspicion? Everybody of Hispanic orientation will be scrutinized.
Wrong again, jerkass! The only people who will be scrutinized are those who break the law . . . again. An officer has to have reasonable suspicion to stop the illegal immigrant before his or her status can be questioned. Despite what President Ignoramus said, you won’t be harassed when you take your kids out for ice cream . . . unless you decide to rob the store, too.
“Why would you bring your passport and visa with you?”
Oh, I don’t know . . . BECAUSE IT’S THE LAW?!!!
Take, for example, this scenario: An 18-year-old from Venezuela playing in the rookie league jumps in a friend’s car to head to the grocery store. The friend rolls through a stop sign. A police officer witnesses the infraction. The law, signed last week by Gov. Jan Brewer, requires that “where reasonable suspicion exists … a reasonable attempt shall be made … to determine the immigration status of the person.” The Venezuelan player, accordingly, is asked to furnish paperwork proving his legal residence, a new burden of proof under SB 1070. If he happens to have forgotten his passport and work visa at home, his friend would get a traffic ticket and the player would get significantly more.
“Under that scenario,” said Mike Philipsen, the communications advisor for the Arizona Senate Republicans, who drew up the bill, “he could be detained.”
In other words, hauled off to jail, even though he is in the United States legally.
Hey, you know what’s weird about the United States? Legal citizens are arrested and sent to jail all the time. If someone who was born and raised in America is stopped while driving drunk, they go to jail. If someone who was born and raised in America breaks into a residence, they go to jail. You know what would prevent those pesky trips to the clink? Not doing something illegal! If Jose Beisbol doesn’t want to go to jail, he damned well better remember to carry his passport and visa. If not? Don’t cry for me, Argentina.
Of course, why would facts and common sense get in the way of race-baiting?
“I’ve never seen anything like that in the United States, and Arizona is part of the United States,” Kansas City Royals designated hitter Jose Guillen said. “I hope police aren’t going to stop every dark-skinned person. It’s kind of like, wow, what’s going on.
Gee Jose, I’m like, “Wow, maybe you are too stupid to stay in this country!”
You know, I have worked in three different divisions as a police officer in Philadelphia. When I was a cop in East Division, most of the people I stopped were Latino – because most of the residents of the division were Latino. In Northeast Division, I mostly stopped Whites – again, because that was the majority of the population. Now as a detective in North Division, guess who I come into contact with? African-Americans. Why? Because that’s who lives here! I’ve been to Arizona. There are a lot of people there of Latino/Mexican descent. Is it unreasonable to think that the police will stop more than a few “dark-skinned persons?”
Look, I realize that the national pastime of Leftists is race-baiting, and I realize that SB 1070 is their Race-apalooza. That’s fine. They’re entitled to their opinion, no matter how stupid and incorrect it may be. That being said, most of these pundits and morons don’t live in Arizona. They don’t have to live with the thefts, the robberies, and the shootings that legal residents have to deal with every day. Until the moonbats walk along the border in their shoes, they should think twice about criticizing a state that has finally said, “Enough!”