The US Supreme Court today heard arguments in the case of Arizona et al vs. United States
, which concerns the role of states in enforcing federal immigration law. Two years ago this month, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law SB 1070, considered by many to be the toughest anti-immigration law in the country
. In an ensuing outcry, the legislation was called racist
and its backers nativists
, with several groups organizing boycotts
against the state of Arizona. [more inside]
Critics of the Occupy Wall Street movement have complained that the protestors have no clear goals, so WE DON'T MAKE DEMANDS
composed a list of 12 concrete, specific suggestions focusing on economic reform, stronger regulation, and closing loopholes.
"Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors - the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world
" says LulzSec (previously)
in their latest release, Chinga La Migra
. "We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement. We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 (previously) and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.
is a new track from nerdcore rapper ytcracker (previously)
"When undocumented workers are taken out of the economy, the jobs they support through their labor, consumption, and tax payments disappear as well."
A joint report from The Center for American Progress
and The Immigration Policy Center
calculates the striking costs for trying to remove undocumented immigrants from Arizona. Although S.B. 1070 has not been fully implemented in AZ, were it to be, it would: decrease employment by 17%; result in the loss of ~600k jobs; reduce state tax revenue by 10%; and, shrink the state economy by ~$49 billion. Intro and summary
(pdf). Full report
On July 28, Federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton
issued an injunction
(link to pdf of court order) blocking several portions
of the recent immigration bill SB1070,
which was passed on April 23. (Previously on Metafilter.)
Among other provisions, the bill would have allowed Arizona police officers to demand proof of immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally pursuant to a legal police stop.
Most importantly, the federal ruling blocked the portion of the law that would have allowed police officers to demand proof of legal status. Opponents
of the law, who had already planned demonstrations yesterday, the first day the law was set to take effect, reportedly view the ruling as a victory, though partial and perhaps temporary.
Proponents of the law
are predictably unhappy
with the ruling, and react with disappointment.
Tucson's own Calexico
has made one of their concerts available
(Nuremberg 2009) for streaming and downloading. Calexico's Joey Burns has also been very busy lately with Artists For Action
, an Arizona organization that is actively speaking out against
AZ's controversial SB 1070. Calexico has a history
of hosting benefit concerts in support of various border issues. [via]