“I believe today, under the circumstances that we’re facing, that the majority of the illegal trespassers that are coming into the state of Arizona are under the direction and control of organized drug cartels and they are bringing drugs in,”
Now, I’m not a big fan of illegal immigration, and I truly believe that something needs to be done to get it under control. But I also hate stereotypic racist rhetoric. I’ve worked in schools that had large populations of students of illegal immigrants (we don’t ask, but when students trust you they let things slip.) From my experiences there, I find this comment hard to believe, and most likely simply intended to bolster support for the new law.
Rebuttal from the KSL TV online news:
“T.J. Bonner, president of the union that represents border agents, said some illegal border-crossers carry drugs but most don't. People with drugs face much stiffer penalties for entering the U.S. illegally, and very few immigrants looking for work want to risk the consequences, Bonner said.”
Whichever way you look at it, I think that the Governor’s comments were inappropriate at best.
“D.A. wants all fliers that smeared teen“, front page of the Utah section of the same paper. Ok, this article creeps me out even more than the Arizona Gov. A 37 year old woman gets in a fight with a 13 year old girl. The article never mentioned what it was all about, they just reported the 37 year old’s response to what the 13 year old did.
She took the girl’s yearbook picture and ‘photoshopped’ it onto a pornographic picture of a girl having sex with a dog. Then she made more than 20 copies of it, went to the girl’s school and hung them up in the bathrooms. She is now facing 1 count of ‘distributing child pornography‘ for each of the 12 fliers the police retrieved. The more fliers the prosecutors get, the more charges this 37 year old will face. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
I spend a lot of my time arguing with teenagers, it’s a part of the job teaching, especially in the first few weeks where they are trying to see how much they will be able to get away with. I can’t imagine ever even thinking about that kind of retaliation, and as people who work with me know, I’m big into ‘photoshopping’ as they call it. (Personally, I much prefer Macromedia Fireworks). Frankly, I’m still in shock at the fact that an adult (and I use that term loosely) would ever do something that degenerate. But, alas, the human race continues to amaze and shock me.