Politics Immigrant Tag
posted by April 11 at 11:14 AMon
File this under “people are horrible and dumb.” From an email sent by a student at the University of Washington:
I am emailing you all to alert you of an event that will take place on the UW-Seattle campus next Tuesday, April 15, 2008 from 10am-2pm. The event is called “Find an Illegal Immigrant Tag” and will be held on the HUB lawn. The UW College Republicans will be tabling from 10:00am to 2:00pm and the game itself will be held at 12:20. According to a message from the CR president, the event is intended to send a a “clear statement that we need to get serious and crack down on illegal immigration and secure our borders.”
This is eighty kinds of fucked up. (Not least because it’s obviously a juvenile provocation and it worked—I can’t not post about it.)
First, because vigilante border loons are already dangerously close to taking up hunting immigrants for sport. See this NYT story about Arizona’s “Sheriff Joe” who, under a federal program called 287(g), has deputized a 3,000-member “posse” to stage raids:
“By the way,” [the sheriff] said, “we do have a 3,000-person posse — and about 500 have guns. They have their own airplanes, jeeps, motorcycles, everything. They can only operate under the sheriff. I swear ’em in. I can put up 30 airplanes tomorrow if I wanted.”
Second, because scapegoating immigrants is idiotic. I don’t know how many times we have to say it: the only way to stop immigration—legal or otherwise—is to have a shittier economy. That has been true everywhere and always. (You’d think free marketeer Republicans would get that.)
I’m tempted to “get serious and crack down” on something else.
Anyway, the protest machine is already in the works. Interested parties may contact Fatima Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maru Villalpando at email@example.com for more information.
(Thanks to Adrian for the tip.)