Call it Arizona’s Shock Doctrine.
And the children are the shock troops.
They dressed as firefighters, doctors, lawyers, police officers, pilots and scientists. They carried signs, including a 30-foot banner of colorful hand prints. They marched along the Arizona Capitol grounds, singing “This Little Light of Mine.”
On the eve of the Arizona state legislature’s historic vote today on a blockbuster array of radical new immigration bills, including a controversial legislative challenge to a US Supreme Court ruling for K-12 education access for undocumented students and 14th amendment birth rights, children from Tucson to Flagstaff held a symbolic sit-in on the Capitol lawn with a reminder that no one would suffer more from the draconian bills than state’s youngest.
In a stunning defeat to Senate President Russell Pearce, every immigration bill was voted down by his own senate today, who defiantly declared immigration was a state issue, not a federal one.
And for Pearce, he may have lost the battle, but the war over immigration in Arizona will continue to flourish.
“It took me a while on 1070, too,” Pearce scolded his fellow senators, referring to last year’s controversial immigration bill that is currently in the courts. “I introduced it in 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 and 2010 before we had a governor that would sign it. And we’ve become the envy of this nation with 25 states writing legislation modeled after 1070.”
Pearce learned a lesson today, though.
“Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students,” Arizona native and labor leader Cesar Chavez once reminded the nation.
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