It’s been a month already since we reported on the brutal stabbing of Marcelo Lucero and the rise of violence against those perceived as Hispanic. From Long Island Wins, a personal reflection on the events that took place in the wake of the Ecuadorian immigrant’s tragic death…
So, as Tancredo touts his accomplishments during his 10-year career in the House of Representatives, let’s not forget the damage that his demagoguery has done to the Republican Party. Not to mention immigrant workers and families, Hispanics, and all attempts to pass sensible immigration reform in the last decade. It’s a relief to know that, even for the Republican Party, his immigration views were too extreme.
Did Dan Stein, president of the recognized hate group FAIR, miss the fact that 15 of his anti-immigrant allies in the House of Representatives just got booted out? Well yesterday Kevin Appleby, of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, stepped in to expose his shoddy analysis in a letter to the editor. He conjures a striking visual of the Stein op-ed: If I had to draw it, his article would look like an ostrich with its head in the sand.
It’s official. Self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Arpaio has finally made good on the American Dream. That is to say, Joe’s landed his own reality television show. The bad news? Fox’s newest star has a history of promoting virulently anti-Latino policies that leave tough police-work behind in favor of blatant racial profiling. The good news? Apparently, the show is set to air on Saturdays at 5 pm. Pink underwear competition on prime time? Not so much.
“This reality series won’t capture the reality of the Latino population living in Maricopa County. Sheriff Arpaio’s dangerous crusade has left the Latino community scared and his county less safe by prioritizing racial profiling over executing felony warrants. FOX television, famous for its controversial shows, may not realize how controversial a figure Arpaio is to the Latino community in the United States and should expect a backlash.”
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been the target of 2,700 lawsuits, the subject of studies showing he targets Latinos in enforcement sweeps, and the object of calls from elected officials across the State for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into his immigration crackdowns.