Correspondence between lawyer Kris Kobach and Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce (R-Mesa) suggests that Arizona’s new immigration law, conceived in the nation’s capital, was intended to hit poor Latinos the hardest.
Kobach, an attorney with the Immigration Reform Law Institute, has been a key player behind the scenes on one of the country’s most controversial immigration “fixes.” In a recent Think Progress exclusive, readers got a glimpse of an email from Kobach to Sen. Pearce dated April 28.
When we drop out “lawful contact” and replace it with “a stop, detention, or rest, in the enforcement a violation of any title or section of the Arizona code” we need to add “or any county or municipal ordinance.” This will allow police to use violations of property codes (ie. cars on blocks in the yard) or rental codes (too many occupants of a rental accommodation) to initiate queries as well.
Arizona lawmakers updated their law April 29, responding to nationwide criticism.
According to Thing Progress, one of those changes replaces the phrase Ã¢â‚¬Å“lawful contactÃ¢â‚¬Â with Ã¢â‚¬Å“lawful stop, detention or arrestÃ¢â‚¬Â to Ã¢â‚¬Å“apparently clarify that officers donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to question a victim or witness about their legal status.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Pearce said the intent is to clarify that “this bill prohibits racial profiling in any form.” Opponents pointed out the word “solely” could allow officers to base their reasonable suspicion on race and color as long as it wasn’t just one of them.
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix) said the bill is more clear because of those two changes, but she called the third change, regarding county and city ordinances, “frightening.”
Andrea Nill of Think Progress concludes:
More importantly, Kobach is basically admitting to Pearce that by allowing police to use the violation of Ã¢â‚¬Å“any county or municipal ordinanceÃ¢â‚¬Â as a basis for inquiring about a personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s immigration status, the bill will still cast a wide enough net to help offset the effect of omitting the Ã¢â‚¬Å“lawful contactÃ¢â‚¬Â language which wouldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve allowed police to ask just about anyone they encounter about their immigration status. The examples Kobach provides, Ã¢â‚¬Å“cars on blocks in the yardÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“too many occupants of a rental accommodation,Ã¢â‚¬Â suggest that net will mostly end up being cast over the poor.
Heather Heyer’s mom says things have gotten worse since Charlottesville — but she has a solution
CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday interviewed Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Her daughter was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
"When you watch what’s happening in Portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up, just given everything your family has been through?" Cabrera asked.
"My hackles don’t really go down anymore," Bro replied. "I am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. Yeah, I think after two years ago, mine will never completely go down again."
Trump-loving “hate group” leader struggles to defend chauvinism during CNN interview on Portland chaos
Portland, Oregon on Saturday was the scene of another far-right mobilization by groups such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer.
Tarrio had traveled from Miami to take part in the far-right rally in Portland and appeared to be wearing body armor.
‘Go back to Harlem!’: Florida woman has n-word laced meltdown after bumping black woman’s shopping cart
On Saturday, the Atlanta Black Star reported an incident in Florida, in which a white woman screamed racial slurs at a black woman at a Publix supermarket in Miami after their shopping carts jostled each other.
After the woman allegedly banged into Nicki Johnson's cart, she refused to apologize, saying, "I didn't hit you with my cart, and f**k you, you f**king n****r."
Johnson whipped out her cell phone camera, and began recording the incident, saying "You, why don't you call me a n****r again?"
"You thinking I'm sorry?" snapped the woman. "Let me tell you something, I don't have to call you anything. Get away from me, I will call security and there are surveillance videos. Get away from me!"