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39 State Legislatures
by Travis T. Lawe
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislatures in 39 states today prohibited travel to California as well as importation of products from the Golden State.
"We're going to arrest anybody who takes their family to Disneyland," said Sarah Bellum, the brainy leader of Americans for Immigration Defense System (AIDS). "If you're found with a Mickey Mouse hat in one of the participating states, expect to pay a hefty fine similar to what you would pay to get into Mouseland for one day.
"California redwood timber, California wine and California oranges will be illegal until we start getting some respect."
The boycott will stand until California stops interfering in the enforcement of federal immigration laws," said Kent C. Strait, secretary of the U.S. Governors Association.
"If California cities think they can make policy for other states," he said, "they have another think coming."
The controversy began when Arizona passed a bill that requires law enforcement officers in the state to enforce a federal law that requires foreigners to carry a genuine visa.
"If the feds weren't going to enforce the law," said State Senator Matt Truss, "we realized we had to do it."
President Barack Obama, evidently angry that Arizona was drawing attention to his refusal to deal with the immigration problem, immediately ramped up the controversy, saying the law was racist and subjected citizens to racial profiling.
"We've never known Obama to take the time to get informed before spouting off about something about which he knows little to nothing," said Arizona representative Mona Little. "The law, which is only 10 pages long, specifically outlaws racial profiling. That means the president either has not read the law or he is lying about it to continue to divide this nation.
"I know he didn't read the health insurance reform bill because that was something like 2,700 pages long, but can't he even read this little bill before he starts making inaccurate statements about it?"
The California boycott is a reaction to votes by the San Francisco and Los Angeles City councils, which voted to punish Arizona for the supposed racial profiling. Members of both councils admitted in news interviews that they had not read the law and did not know that it prohibited racial profiling and included penalties for any profiling violations.
"I don't care what the law said," said Los Angeles councilman Dr. X An Feis, a legal immigrant from China. "I care what great leader Obama say. If I read law, maybe I no understand, but he smartest man in world. We trust him."
Feis said illegal immigration has had very little impact on California.
"Maybe migrants with no documents cost taxpayers one billion dollars here and there," he said. "We don't care. We tax rich companies anyway. If they don't like it, they leave. Then we just borrow money. Worked so far."
Critics note that Arizona did little to control illegal immigration until the Obama stimulus package failed to create jobs. Tucson resident Jaye L. Byrde said competition from illegal aliens has made it impossible for him to pursue his chosen career, buying and selling THC-laden plants imported from Mexico.
"Most of my buddies have been kidnapped or murdered by Mexican gangs," he said. "I'm all for making these illegal aliens go back home so that I can start earning a decent living for my family again."
Obama mocked Arizona's new law at a dinner in Washington.
"And we know what happens in Arizona when you don't have ID," Obama said. "Adios, amigo!"
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was not amused.
“Since the president’s joke was so inappropriate, I suppose, if I wanted to join in the comedian game, I could suggest that he should not give up his day job.
"Unfortunately, though, he isn’t doing very well at that one, either."
Brewer said she resents Obama for trying to make a racial issue out of a border security issue.
Obama sees this as "a wonderful opportunity to divide people along racial lines for his personal political gain," she said.
Brewer said she appreciates the support of citizens across the nation.
"Polls show that about two-thirds of citizens believe our law is the right way to go," she said. "We welcome immigrants, but we want them to come legally. We just don't want illegals butting in line, especially those who have made Phoenix the kidnapping capital of the U.S."
She encouraged Americans to refrain from traveling to California or buying goods and services from California-based companies until the immigration issue is resolved.
"Check on the label every time you buy something," Brewer advised. "If it was boxed up in Chile, Kansas or even Mexico, that's OK, but don't spend any money on stuff produced in California."
The Western Homebuilders Association has moved its fall 2010 convention from Los Angeles to Phoenix.
"The bigger builders won't hire illegals," Director Brad Hammer said. "It's the little guys who keep hiring them. If the federal government would just start an easy work card system, we could hire immigrants and keep our prices down.
"Of course, when is the last time you heard the federal government do something smart?"
Brewer said his organization won't buy any building supplies from California.
"I'm taking my family to the Grand Canyon for our vacation this year," he said. "We want to show our support to Arizona for finally having the guts to take on this issue."
Quote of the Day
"Illegal is anything that is against the law including drug trafficking, smuggling, terrorism or crossing the border into a country. Undocumented is anything that can no longer be verified including unemployed American workers who no longer qualify for unemployment benefits and are no longer counted in statistics. What a sorry nation we are becoming when we allow corporate political correctness to pervade our daily speech. Illegal means illegal." — Peter Romanenko, Waco, Texas
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