Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal. This is the first line of a story from National Public Radio that I heard last week. The story that followed completely pissed me off, it didn’t surprise me in any way but just added to my growing negative opinion of our government. Apparently, prison corporations working through their lobbyists, and a group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and even the name sounds sinister. Legislative exchange, so legislation in exchange for what, well money of course, in the form of business dealings sure but money none-the-less. So effectively, prison corporations in conjunction with ALEC met together in a hotel room in Washington, DC and came up with the verbiage for the Arizona Immigration Law that would put lots of illegal immigrants in prison for a very profitable government per diem for the illegals incarcerated. Which works out for the Corrections Corporation of America since they foresee a significant portion of their future revenues coming from immigration enforcement and customs.
So the law was passed in Arizona and who cares where it was written, I mean it was objectively passed by the legal representatives of the state, right? It was a popular bill once introduced, 36 co-sponsors immediately jumped on the bill, unheard of in the Arizona Legislature. Then the bill went to the governor who I am sure carefully considered the bill and then objectively decided to sign it. Well, maybe not so objectively, all 36 sponsors had received campaign contributions from the prison lobby and two of Governor Jan Brewer’s top aides are both former prison lobbyists.
So in essence, a bill that has been reviled around the nation, that puts a presumption of guilt on any Hispanic looking individual in the state of Arizona, is vindicated for being motivated by racism. Worse than that, it is motivated by greed and the obsession of being re-elected to the point of selling your honor. Now I think we all understand there is a racist element to the bill as well, so Hispanic American’s in Arizona are getting screwed due to racism and greed. What the hell is happening to this country? The link to the NPR story is below: