Now look, I know some of you think that Arizona’s new immigration law is simply designed to harass people who don’t look American. That’s just silly. Sure, a few people might be briefly inconvenienced but if they’re American citizens, they’ve got nothing to worry about.
Except maybe leaving home without their papers and running up against a cop who has jerked off to Die Hard a few too many times.
But all the Negative Nancy’s out there who say this is going to lead to something worse because Republicans are a pack of bigoted pricks … Congratulations! We were right again [via AssPress]:
The author of Arizona’s immigration law, state Sen. Russell Pearce, told constituents he wants to pass another measure to invalidate citizenship granted to the children of illegal aliens.
Pearce wrote that he plans to “push for an Arizona bill that would refuse to accept or issue a birth certificate that recognizes citizenship to those born to illegal aliens, unless one parent is a citizen,” in an email obtained by Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO.
Because dang gummit. Just because someone has lived in America all of his life and worked here and paid taxes and even has a government issued piece of paper that says he’s an American citizen, that doesn’t mean he should ever get to stop worrying that some small-minded turd will say he’s NOT a citizen.
Wait, there’s more:
Pearce also forwarded an email from another correspondent expanding on the proposal — which he later told KPHO he didn’t agree with. “If we are going to have an effect on the anchor baby racket, we need to target the mother. Call it sexist, but that’s the way nature made it. Men don’t drop anchor babies, illegal alien mothers do,” the email said.
Yes, I’m sure brave reaLAMEricans would love to target pregnant women who are already nervous about going to the authorities for help. But hey, Pearce didn’t agree with that sentiment. When asked.
He just forwarded that email because … uh. Well … Maybe the original story … Ah, here it is:
When Pearce was shown the e-mail referring to “anchor babies” that he forwarded, he said he didn’t find anything wrong with the language. “It’s somebody’s opinion… What they’re trying to say is it’s wrong, and I agree with them. It’s wrong,” said Pearce.
Pearce, when confronted by real journalists also stated that his idea is “legal and constitutional,” I assume he shat his pants and ran away when asked to explain this:
One of the more remarkable e-mails sent to a list of supporters detailed his next steps. The e-mail, several pages long, includes articles critical of the 14th Amendment, which gives babies born on U.S. soil automatic citizenship.
Note to employees of Arizona’s Tourism Board: When you get laid off because everyone is avoiding your state like it is infested with giant cooties, don’t forget to thank Sen. Pearce.