Monday, June 28, 2010

Governor Ignores ACLU, Signs Anti-Immigration Bill

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 5:20 PM

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Only a few days ago, Gov. Phil Bredesen said he was sick and tired of all the political chest-thumping on the immigration issue, so he refused to sign the legislature's "Praising Arizona" resolution. A few minutes ago, Bredesen did sign Tennessee's version of Arizona's law. We're talking about legislation that basically requires anyone who talks or looks like a foreigner to carry documentation proving they're in this country legally. We guess the governor's disgust with demagogues was only temporary. Bredesen's statement:

"I believe there has been significant political posturing on this issue. While I do have concerns about this legislation, this bill seeks to set up a verification process similar to what exists in our state's major cities, and I have been supportive of these efforts."

This is the bill that the ACLU urged the governor to veto. ACLU director Hedy Weinberg called it un-American and warned it would lead to racial profiling. Once again, we have been witness to the awesome influence of the ACLU in this state. Who needs civil liberties anyway?

For more from Weinberg, see The City Paper interview.

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