Best Protest Ever: Illegals Threaten To Leave AZ Over Law

April 28, 2010

Is there a punch line in here I'm missing?

"Nobody wants to pick us up," Julio Loyola Diaz says in Spanish as he and dozens of other men wait under the shade of palo verde trees and lean against a low brick wall outside the east Phoenix home improvement store.

Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.

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  1. What I think is funny is that illegal aliens were mainly here to be employed by businesses that tend to be very Republican (agriculture, etc.) and used to get around minimum wage, employment tax, and labor union laws (three things I’m not fond of either). From a strictly philosophical standpoint, both sides of this issue provide an endless source of comedy.

  2. Lightwave says:

    Arizona’s unemployment rate (9.4%) is actually lower then that of the rest of the US(10.2%). Compare that to your average high tax blue state hellholes like New Jersey (10.2%), Illinois (11.7%) California (13.0%), or Michigan (14.9%).
    Maybe there’s something to having a strict anti-illegal immigrant policy. Let these guys go to California.

  3. Ricky says:

    Apartheid. These people do not know a thing about apartheid. Anything for political points. We were not illegal immigrants in SA, that is the difference. To compare our situation to that of people who commit criminal acts here in the USA by coming here illegally are quit insulting.
    Now Tutu-them will jump on the bandwagon, nevermind checking out the facts. SA also has strict immigration laws and they enforce them against fellow blacks from Zimbawe, Namibia, Mosambique,etc. and I do not see the world standing up and condemning them. Everybody understand the need for immigration laws, everybody except those who have alterior motives such as the Democrats and the illegal immigrants.
    The only reason this is any issue, is politics. They can stop me anytime and ask for my “papers”. I have nothing to hide.

  4. Ricky says:

    should be “quite”

  5. Rich says:

    Oh well, sorry….don’t let the door hit you in the rear!

  6. Ricky says:

    And yes all over Africa, we are required to SHOW the papers, If you can’t you are thrown in jail, or deported.
    That is the law, we don’t go around whining about injustice, if any of us are caught not abiding the law, we reprimand and correct each other, we do not encourage breaking the law. For the most part at least, contrary to popular belief.

  7. “What I think is funny is that illegal aliens were mainly here to be employed by businesses that tend to be very Republican (agriculture, etc.”… Do the words “Democrat-Farm-Labor” mean anything to you? Senator Franken?

  8. I am truly enjoying the “boycottitis” going on right now. San Francisco (Land of the freak, Home for the Gay) is proposing a boycott of Arizona. I guess that means no bathhouse water for the GLBT community in Tuscon? Somehow, I’m not sure AZ. fear the potical powerhouse that is Gavin Newsome.
    I do like the reverse boycott – AZ boycotts Mexican food, Mexican-made sundries and proposes travel boycotts into Mexico. Likely safer too – less there’s far less killing in AZ. than Baja California…
    And did anyone notice that the vast majority of comments FOR boycotts are not from citizens, but from political activists and organizers? It makes sense as illegal immigrants have to work to make a living, there’s no PTO for silly demonstrations. Instead, on May 1 expect to see the Immigration Liars (er, Lawyers) consortium, student activist groups, typical race-baiters such as MALDEF and NAACP and of course Darth Sharpton and his Imperialist Bigot-Troopers.
    Frankly, they should of waited to do the marching on Cindi de Mayo – drunken protesters are so much more amusing…
    Bottom line: Anyone who makes AZ SB1070 a racial issue is either grossly misinformed to perpetuating a lie.

  9. RB says:

    More brilliance from AP: “Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a crime to be in the U.S. illegally.”
    Hello??? AP??? Anyone home??? Being in the U.S. illegally ALREADY IS ILLEGAL, AND THEREFOR A CRIME.

  10. Yep, AP writers – definitely NOT Smarter Than A 5th Grader…

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  12. joyMc says:

    Let me get this straight. The people of Arizona want to get rid of undocumented folk. They pass a law to that end. The undocumented folk get irritated and threaten to go somewhere else. And the probem is? Hope we get that law in Texas.

  13. John says:

    Does anybody else think that maybe the Dems hate this bill, not because it won’t work, but because it will, and work effectively. What happens to the amnesty crowd if Arizona drops their problem in half in 6 months? Up until now the amnesty crowd’s main argument has been that the problem is to big to solve with enforcement alone. It takes comprehensive reform. What happens to all those potential voters if enforcement alone works? I think thats the big fear on the left.

  14. Cato the Elder says:

    Vaya con Dios!

  15. xerocky says:

    Mission Accomplished. That’s the idea. You aren’t here legally, so yes…go.
    “What happens to all those potential voters if enforcement alone works?”
    That’s been the arguement all along. Having your papers when you’re not yet a citizen is and has been a Federal crime all along. For some reason people fail to remember that. And they fail to remember because so far, it’s worked.
    The thing that makes me wince is that the left can stand up and with a straight face a) act like they represent labor, b) advocate for the watering down of the work force, and then c) act like the Unions aren’t corrupt. It’s all so out in the open, and yet if you notice, like has been said 1kx before, you’re a racist.

  16. jill says:

    Evil Red Scandi:
    You are mis-informed.

  17. JN says:

    As an Arizona resident I am incredibly thankful that our state legislature has finally acted to address the ever growing illegal immigrant problem. The federal government has failed to provide the protected border that the citizens of this state deserve and it has turned a deaf ear to the requests for help that have been repeatedly made by Governor Brewer. The fear of those that oppose the law is that increased enforcement will indeed show that it is effective. With that,the federal government will be forced to finally confront the problem.

  18. joyMc says:

    As for the boycott thing. Arizona will most likely attract more tourists over this new law. I was just thinking I really loved the Grand Canyon. Would not mind seeing it again.