We’re all undocumented!

JUNE 24, 2010

By LAURA SUCHESKI

California senators and assembly members gathered on the West Steps of the Capitol Wednesday to formally introduce a boycott resolution against the state of Arizona in response to its controversial immigration law.

The proposed resolution includes a travel advisory, the first of its kind from one state against another state. It cautions Californian “from traveling to, or spending time in, Arizona, due to the risk they may face in being subjected to inappropriate and unlawful scrutiny.” Also in the law are directives for CalPERS and CalSTRS investment officers to “cease making investments in Arizona” and for Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to remove Arizona from consideration for the All-Star Game.

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, is the sponsor of the bill as well as the chairman of the Latino Caucus. Behind him and the bill were Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, chairman of the LGBT Caucus, Assemblyman Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach, chairman of the Asian Pacific Island Legislative Caucus, and Assemblymen Sandre Swanson, D-Oakland, and Curren Price Jr., D-Los Angeles, chairman and vice-chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus.

“Division is not the way to go. We must be united as a nation. You cannot break the law to protest a broken law. You must comply with the Constitution,” said Cedillo, explaining the message the resolution will send. “We can’t have 50 states trying to have 50 different immigration policies.”

Ammiano, the “movie star” of the group according to Cedillo, compared the struggle against Arizona to the struggle of LGBT individuals to gain equal rights and acceptance. He recounted the plot of the movie Spartacus, in which ancient Roman government goes searching for the slave leader Spartacus, presumably to kill him. When he came looking for Spartacus in a crowd, members of the populace stood up claiming to be Spartacus, in support of the targeted man.

“I’m undocumented, no you’re undocumented!” said Ammiano, “If we stand up in solidarity, we can beat this back,” said Ammiano. “If you’re good enough to clean my toilet in my house but you’re not good enough to live in my house, that’s hypocritical.”

Responding to critics of the boycott who contend that it will hurt Arizonans who do not support the law, Ammiano said, “You don’t hurt real people when you boycott, because they are already hurt. They are being dehumanized.”

The representative from Council on American-Islamic Relations spoke in support of the boycott and called out the recently-resigned chairman of the Tea Party Express, Mark Williams, who was in the audience. He accused him for “peddling hate” and condemned the Tea Party as a “racist movement.”

Williams asked the first pointed question of Cedillo, pointing out that California actually already has a nearly identical law on the books. The distinguishing feature of the Arizona law is its charge to stop suspects on “reasonable suspicion,” which can result in racial profiling. William asked if Cedillo was planning on revising California law to distinguish it from the law he wants to boycott.

Cedillo said that comprehensive immigration reform is needed at the federal level, tacitly declining to answer Williams’ question.

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  1. Peyton Farquhar
    Peyton Farquhar 24 June, 2010, 13:17

    Other than VC § 40302 which makes it illegal **not** to carry ID in this state provided that you are arrested first for some other infraction of the code, I’m curious as to which law is being referred to by tea baggie Williams in the above referenced article.

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  2. Tyler
    Tyler 24 June, 2010, 13:20

    Wait… So these legislators think that their opinion is sooo important that they are obligated to attempt to intervene in another states policy making, yet they are the same ones complaining about out of state companies contributing to the California Jobs Initiative?

    If they have such a problem with people from other states getting involved in California’s business, then shouldnt they stay out of other states business?

    I guess that our representatives are just so much smarter than everyone else that California Legislators should make the rules for the rest of the states, then we would all be better off!

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  3. Edmundo Castro
    Edmundo Castro 24 June, 2010, 15:07

    Boycott Arizona! Good job!

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  4. Gene Brouillette
    Gene Brouillette 24 June, 2010, 15:09

    Much easier to tell AZ how to ack than work on a $20Billion deficit. And we pay these people for their expertise.

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  5. Philip McLean
    Philip McLean 24 June, 2010, 18:02

    These legislators are proof positive that California is the “Clown Capitol” of the world!

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  6. Shucks
    Shucks 24 June, 2010, 18:53

    If we are all “un-documented” then let’s quit sending tax money into the state and IRS. When I read how these commies distort the AZ law it only makes me stronger to want to defeat all of them. The commies have to be destroyed in this country. Start slitting throats.

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  7. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 24 June, 2010, 20:13

    “these legislators think that their opinion is sooo important that they are obligated to attempt to intervene in another states policy making….”

    Yeah, and maybe the northern states should have let the south continue slavery because it was none of northern states’ business.

    You have the same clown who pushed the flawed Arizona immigration bill now proposing an obviously unconstitutional law to deprive birth certificates to children born of undocumented families. Small wonder that our representatives here in California look smarter than that moron.

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  8. Ron Kilmartin
    Ron Kilmartin 24 June, 2010, 21:06

    Arizona does not propose to profile according to race but will ask for identity if there is suspicion of criminality. Yet ad populum cries like the above accuse Arizona of profiling.

    There is a case to be made for requiring everyone – all races – to carry identification showing that they are citizens of the United States.

    The case is this: If race is to be used as an excuse for not displaying identity, i.e., if profiling is feared even though disallowed by law, race then in essence becomes a passport or a green card – a free pass to enter the country.

    What is wrong with giving the whole world a free pass to enter the country? In the first place, the country will be rapidly milked clean of resources by welfare for illegal aliens and their progeny. At the present time we cannot take care of all of our own who are on welfare. Hospitals are closing and schools and prisons are overcrowded due to unchecked illegal alien entry. And with the poor economy the welfare rolls are growing. All governmental budgets are already deep in the red. Where will more come from?

    Unless immigration is tightly controlled we will have no country, no sovereignty, in a very short order. This is the frank objective of racist Hispanic and Islamic organizations which together with the progressive Marxists seek to overthrow the United States. So basically a vote against the Arizona law is a vote against the continued existence of the United States as a nation.

    Stop everyone at checkpoints with surprise checks at workplaces. Everyone has to be checked getting on airplanes. That is a small inconvenience to avoid a terrorist attack.

    If race become s passport, America is gone as a nation. The loss of freedom entailed by identity check is a minor inconvenience for citizens of all races. It is the only way to preserve the nation’s sovereignty, and its remaining freedom and liberty, while avoiding the offensive profiling issue.

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  9. Danney Ball
    Danney Ball 25 June, 2010, 10:26

    I love Arizona and go there to do all of my shopping … My city of Hemet California voted to support the Arizona law … we love Arizona and have still got enuf brains to recognize a problem when we see it … these half-wits in the Calif senate should be living in Tijuana … db

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