Behind the Arizona Immigration Law:GOP Game to Swipe the November Election

Greg Palast has done amazing work on investigating the Florida voter roll purges, so I have no reason to disbelieve his assertions about AZ and it’s governor.  I am not the least bit surprised to find out Brewer has been guilty of purging legal Hispanics from the AZ voter rolls.

Our investigation in Arizona discovered the real intent of the show-me-your-papers law.

by Greg Palast for

[Phoenix, AZ.] Don’t be fooled. The way the media plays the story, it was a wave of racist, anti-immigrant hysteria that moved Arizona Republicans to pass a sick little law, signed last week, requiring every person in the state to carry papers proving they are US citizens.

I don’t buy it. Anti-Hispanic hysteria has always been as much a part of Arizona as the Saguaro cactus and excessive air-conditioning.

What’s new here is not the politicians’ fear of a xenophobic ‘Teabag’ uprising.

What moved GOP Governor Jan Brewer to sign the Soviet-style show-me-your-papers law is the exploding number of legal Hispanics, US citizens all, who are daring to vote — and daring to vote Democratic by more than two-to-one. Unless this demographic locomotive is halted, Arizona Republicans know their party will soon be electoral toast. Or, if you like, tortillas.

In 2008, working for Rolling Stone with civil rights attorney Bobby Kennedy, our team flew to Arizona to investigate what smelled like an electoral pogrom against Chicano voters … directed by one Jan Brewer.

Brewer, then Secretary of State, had organized a racially loaded purge of the voter rolls that would have made Katherine Harris blush. Beginning after the 2004 election, under Brewer’s command, no less than 100,000 voters, overwhelmingly Hispanics, were blocked from registering to vote. In 2005, the first year of the Great Brown-Out, one in three Phoenix residents found their registration applications rejected.

That statistic caught my attention. Voting or registering to vote if you’re not a citizen is a felony, a big-time jail-time crime. And arresting such criminal voters is easy: after all, they give their names and addresses

So I asked Brewer’s office, had she busted a single one of these thousands of allegedly illegal voters? Did she turn over even one name to the feds for prosecution? No, not one.

Which raises the question: were these disenfranchised voters the criminal, non-citizens Brewer tagged them, or just not-quite-white voters given the José Crow treatment, entrapped in document-chase trickery?

The answer was provided by a federal prosecutor who was sent on a crazy hunt all over the Western mesas looking for these illegal voters. ‘We took over 100 complaints, we investigated for almost 2 years, I didn’t find one prosecutable voter fraud case.’


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One Response to Behind the Arizona Immigration Law:GOP Game to Swipe the November Election

  1. skyagunsta says:

    After reading this, I continue to believe that … the Bushes lust for power, their backdoor cover way of getting, and their Prescott Bush/George Walker gene/philosophical/value laden inheritance has given the country a blue print for doing just what Brewer did, as Jeb did in 2000, and as they covertly continue to work to privatize services that should be the gold stars of career service programs. The world has forgotten about the Bushes and their evil need and lust for power. Here in Florida we have Jeb working the ropes behind the scene: Marco Rubio is his puppet. Charlie Crist bucked him.

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