Yeah, but it’s a dry racism.

April 24, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Posted in civil rights, politics straight up, public safety | Leave a comment
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Salinas Valley, California. Large scale, commercial agriculture. This single California County (Monterey) shipped 20,096 carlots of lettuce in 1934, or forty-five percent of all carlot shipments in the United States. In the same year 73.8 percent of all United States carlot shipments were made from Monterey County, Imperial Valley, California (7,797 carlots) and Maricopa County, Arizona (4,697). Production of lettuce is largely in the hands of a comparatively small number of grower-shippers, many of whom operate in two or all three of these Counties. Labor is principally Mexican and Filipino in the fields, and white American in the packing sheds. Many workers follow the harvests from one valley to the other, since plantings are staggered to maintain a fairly even flow of lettuce to the Eastern markey throughout the year. 1939 February. Dorothea Lange, photograher. (Library of Congress)

Effective in late July or August 2010, Arizona police will have the right to arrest anyone they suspect is not a citizen or legal immigrant. But the fine folks of the Arizona legislature aren’t satisfied with simply having police hassle anyone who doesn’t “look right.” They have made it a crime to leave home without proof of immigration status. The penalty is six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

The first time it’s a misdemeanor but “repeat offenses would be a felony.”

Does anyone else get the feeling that some Arizonans want all non-Caucasians to permanently leave the state?

You can read the full text of the law here.

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UPDATE: This is what the people of Arizona have to look forward to:

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Thanks, Crooks & Liars and 3TV for the video.

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