Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    Arizona’s New Illegal Immigration Law – Some Truckers Plan to Protest

    April 24, 2010 by Truckdrivernews · 13 Comments 


    Why? That is about the only question I can come up with right now.

    This is a bill that is needed in probably every state.

    Do these same truckers complain and protest because they have to stop at the Canadian border and show documents as well? I don’t see a problem with it if you are truly here legally.

    Oh yea I remember now the argument is that this will lead to “Racial Profiling.” Wikipedia says: “Racial profiling” is the inclusion of racial or ethnic characteristics in determining whether a person is considered likely to commit a particular type of crime or an illegal act or to behave in a “predictable” manner. It is often confused with the more comprehensive offender profiling and has been perceived to be directed most often toward non white individuals. Although this practice has been common for centuries, the practice became particularly controversial toward the end of the 20th century in the United States, as the potential for abuse by law enforcement came to light.

    Homeland Security estimates 20 million illegal immigrants are in the United States and an average of 700,000 more enter the US every year. Don’t you think it is time for some to go back? I don’t have problems with immigrants coming into the US to better themselves, but they need to do it legally.

    Collin Stewart, the chairman of the Arizona Trucking Association said in another article: “I wouldn’t expect that a “CB radio revolt” by independent owner-operators to affect distribution significantly.”

    And that is about all this will turn out to be. But if they do plan to boycott I would have to say with freight the way it is, there probably won’t be many loads missed. I would have to say for as many as will participate there is probably triple of that will gladly haul their freight for them.

    Truck drivers have been “racially profiled” for many years. Just because you pull up to the scale house driving a tractor trailer, doesn’t mean you are a truck driver because if you get checked you have to “show proof” by showing your CDL, and physical card just to be sure. Are they boycotting that as well? Essentially it is the same thing as this Illegal Immigrant law.

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    13 Responses to “Arizona’s New Illegal Immigration Law – Some Truckers Plan to Protest”
    1. laura moynahan says:

      While reading this article i could not help but think this must have been the way normal people thought in the early years of Nazi Germany. It is only about illegals, so I don’t have to worry. The reality is all Americans of Latin heritage will be suspect and stopped. There is no way we can pretend this is not racially motivated, we take no steps to protect our other border and no one is worried about any other group of immigrants other than latin people. What is the next step? Legal people who could be confused to illegal people have to wear their id pinned to their clothes to save the state from the lawsuits that will come from stopping them?
      Who we are is on the line, this is the kind of legislation written in fear and i do not believe that it in any way represents the America I grew up in and until yesterday was so proud of: A country that stood in strength for fairness and freedom. Arizona has just turned their back on the Statue of Liberty and all she stands for.
      In part of this law there are fines written in to be applied against the state if anyone feels they are not being rigorous enough in stopping suspects, add those to the law suits that will be filed by legal people illegally stopped and profiled and hopefully the state of Arizona will find themselves paying dearly for their stupidity.

      • Our other border? I assume you mean Canada? As of June 1, 2009, everyone coming to Canada by land and air or sea has been required to have a passport or equivalent travel document.

      • Robert Lehman says:

        It’s pretty clear to me. I an officer of the law is grabbing a cup of coffee at the mini mart and says “hi” to someone and that person can’t speak English. That officer should be able to ask for I.D.. When you get a green card, it’s clearly printed that it must be carried at all times. And if your legally here. You have I.D. Why are you okay with the people that are here legally having to jump through hoops to replace a lost I.D. (I had to prove I belong to replace a lost wallet) Yes it was a pain to replace the items in my wallet, but I understand, because of where I live.

    2. Asia Reeves says:

      How could anyone think that this bill discriminates? This is about legalities…that is all. Speaking as a black american, I know the pain of discrimination, yet, I know that ALL discrimination is not racially motivated. Why do we always have to play the race card when we don’t like something? NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT RACE. This is about doing things the right way…like any american. Do you think Mexico would allow me to enjoy the privileges of their country without first adhering to their immigration laws? Come on, they wouldn’t even let me go without confiscating my truck if I accidentally crossed the border from Laredo. Why do other countries get to propose laws and standards and NOT be called racist, yet, when american states do it, it’s condemned?? Enough with the double standards. Is it fair for a university to give me an MBA? I never worked for it. I never earned the required credits or paid tuition. So do you think it’s fair for me to walk down the line to receive my diploma like everyone else who actually WORKED HARD, SACRIFICED, AND WENT THROUGH THE PROPER CHANNELS? As a truck driver, should my state have just given me a CDL even though I never set one foot into a trucking school or took the written and driving test? I think we know the answers to these questions. No one should be given a free pass to break the law. If other immigrants can respect our laws and legally enter this country, they deserve all the privileges that come with being an american citizen. As for the undocumented, they should RESPECT OUR PROCESS, GO HOME, AND COME BACK THE RIGHT WAY!

    3. Montana says:

      Arizona can pass race base laws, pass Birthers laws and the state can continue to boycott Martin Luther King Day, well the rest of the Country can boycott the state of Arizona and spank them where it hurts them the most their pocket book. Their phony patriotism is sickening, they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions). The Birthers and the Tea party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that’s like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that.

      • Asia Reeves says:

        It might be a good idea for you to read my reply to Salena of The Daily Rant.

    4. Asia Reeves says:

      It always amazes me when I hear a democrat call Republicans racists. The republicans freed the slaves while the democrats wanted to keep them in chains. The democratic leaders of old mostly ran on a segregationist ticket, yet, they call the “Grand Old Party” racist. The Republican party was founded by anti-slavery activists with one of many goals in mind… to take a strong position AGAINST the pro-slavery DEMOCRATIC PARTY. I’m with the party that offers solutions to problems, not walks through town blowing a soothing pipe that gains followers. Democrats love to complain, yet offer no solutions. When they do try to solve problems, they do so by creating more problems. ARIZONA OFFERED AN EXCELLENT SOLUTION AND I SUPPORT IT. Way to go, Governor Brewer! Diesel Lady stands behind your decision and can truly appreciate the guts it took to do it. Keep up the good work. I’m hoping other states will follow soon.

      Sincerely yours,
      Diesel Lady
      The Conservative Republican

      • Thank you Asia for your comment. I completely agree with your comment and I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to make it!

    5. Salena of The Daily Rant says:

      I think Laura is right – a law like this is racially motivated. I’m a white female, so like her, I probably won’t be affected. Although I am Italian, so I might be pulled over because I have brown hair and brown eyes – boy, that would kinda suck, wouldn’t it?

      Truck Driver News mentions that you need documentation at the Canadian border. You need documentation at ALL points of entry into our country – whether by air, land or sea, BUT it seems that people are only worried about the BROWN people. And that’s where the racial thing comes in. People don’t want MEXICANS here. Especially people in Arizona (and I live in Arizona), specifically the Republicans. Meanwhile, as I can attest to because I’ve worked in several industries where Mexicans are employed, they want them available to pick cotton, clean their homes, work in their yards and tidy up their hotel rooms.

      I have been to every state in this country and to 11 of Canada’s 13 Provinces and I haven’t seen people in Canada react the way Americans do to foreigners. I can tell you, everywhere in our country it’s the same story – keep the Mexicans out. I’ve read articles in local newspapers talking about how people are “concerned” that so many “illegals” are living in their neighborhood. How do they know they’re illegal – did they personally check their documentation?? No. But they do see that they’re BROWN and speak another language.

      It’s no secret that Republicans AND a other intolerant people have a problem with Mexicans….or Latinos, Hispanics, Meditteranean, Middle Eastern, etc. Anyone with BROWN skin seems to be causing the uproar, with Mexicans leading the pack.

      I’m sure no one would have a problem if hot blondes from Sweden were moving here in droves.

      • Thank you Salena for the comment. Yes, I did say for Canada you need documentation and why I never mentioned that you need it for all points of entry is simply because this blog is aimed at truck drivers and I myself have never talked with any drivers who deliver “south of the border.” So I really didn’t know how or what was needed to travel into Mexico.

        Why must everyone that disagrees with Arizona say that this law was for ONLY “brown people” as you put it? The law is for ANY illegal immigrant that is in this country.

        As for your comment about “hot blondes from Sweden” I wouldn’t have a problem with ANY immigrant being here as long as they were here legal.

      • Asia Reeves says:

        Republicans DO NOT have a problem with Mexicans, Latinos, etc. as you plainly state. We do, however, have a problem with illegal immigrants no matter the race including blacks. You make some passionate points, yet, I would advise you to be careful on how you label certain groups or people racist. While the constitution allows for free speech, it does not protect you from defamatory statements. When you call someone a racist, you had better have well documented proof since many, myself included, take our reputations seriously and will sue to protect it. Just a little advice for future reference. You can choose to take it or leave it.

    6. Gloria says:

      Both sides of my family immigrated to this country , one back when the country was just being settled and the other 3 generations back (early 1900′s). When my moms side came over from Belgium they had to come through Ellis Island , they became American citizens and were proud of it . My dads side was given a large land grant by the King of England , in Virginia , and became Americans by virtue of moving here and fighting in the revolution . I think if it was good enough for my ancestors then it should be good enough for anyone coming from Mexico . I would feel the same if we had an influx of illegal Canadians coming down from the north .


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