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Arpaio investigation draws mixed reviews

When the government issued a report condemning Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "discriminatory" policing policies, some immigrant rights groups lauded it. Others are worried it was nothing more than a conveniently timed political ploy.... Read more»

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Dec 22, 2011, 4:25 pm
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All this done to woo Latinos, huh? Hmmm….

Why do we have to make this a color thing? Oh, yeah, for a second I forgot…we have to make this about color to stoke people’s anger and get them reading more news stories and garner sympathy to the poor Latino people who are all being so persecuted so the solution to this of course is to open the border, right?

This was, is, and always will be stupid.

I have a friend who is Latino. He described the border jumper problem, and the need for enforcement of immigration policies, the following way…

“Knock on my door, I’m probably going to let you in. Try to sneak in through the doggy door, you’re probably going to get shot.”

There are issues of color, and there are issues of immigration. I am so sick to death of idiots trying to mix the two together, even if it is just for a few more clicks on a half-assed attempt at a news story.

Dec 22, 2011, 6:26 pm
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The first mention of color is in your comment Mr. Linden.  This is not about color.  It is about ethnicity, culture, and “Manifest Destiny.”

Latinos come in all “colors” and if they don’t trace their ancestry back to Spain, they trace them back to Native People and/or African Slaves.

To steal from Wiki:

“There have been people of Hispanic or Latino heritage in the territory of the present-day United States continuously since the 1565 founding of St. Augustine, Florida, by the Spanish, the longest among European American ethnic groups and second-longest of all U.S. ethnic groups, after Native Americans. Hispanics have also lived continuously in the Southwest since near the end of the 16th century, with settlements in New Mexico that began in 1598, and which were transferred to the area of El Paso, Texas, in 1680. Spanish settlement of New Mexico resumed in 1692, and new ones were established in Arizona and California in the 18th century. The Hispanic presence can even be said to date from half a century earlier than St. Augustine, if San Juan, Puerto Rico is considered to be the oldest Spanish settlement, and the oldest city, in the U.S.”

While Nordic people predated Columbus, they were not successful in establishing permanent settlements and Spain got here before the rest of non-Spanish speaking Europe did.

As you say, there are issues of immigration.  We need to secure and protect our borders, however, we do not need to be ignorant of or insensitive to history, culture, and our fellow humans.  Tutte le strade portano a Roma, but we don’t have to choose the bad ones.

Dec 22, 2011, 6:55 pm
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we do not need to be ignorant of or insensitive to history, culture, and our fellow humans

Well, sure we do…

-History, irrelevant. I know many see the United States as nothing more than an occupation force oppressing the people of Aztlan, but that’s not the case. This is sovereign United States territory, and it will be for centuries.

-Culture, irrelevant. Our nation is a melting pot of different cultures, and the sixth amendment says our laws apply to them all

-Fellow Human beings, irrelevant. I hear so many people talk about the corrupt Mexican government, how horrible life is in Latin American, and on and on and on…All these things very well may be true, but it’s not our problem. The United States is our problem. We need to focus on taking care of our own and getting our own house in order before we start worrying about the indigents of the world. Think of it on a smaller scale…it’s all well and good to have sympathy for homeless people, but are you going to let 30 or more of them crash on your living room floor and eat your food, just because they’re suffering?

Dec 27, 2011, 8:45 am
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a great example of using race and ethnicity as a pawn for power and impunity is our very own DOJ headman, Eric Holder and or forces higher than Eric the Red. And this sets a very dangerous standard in this country when Administration heads use this sociopathic reasoning when criticized for good reason. If race color and ethnicity translate to being recused from criticism, we are all in a tangle of crap. Wait a minute, we already are.

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