Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Black Files Amendment To Keep Xenophobic States Xenophobic [Updated]

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM

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Diplomatic genius and eternal friend of los gringos Rep. Diane Black is concerned.

Hundreds of miles away from her Tennessee district, in a dangerous land most of us see only on the television, Mexicans are invading these United States by (smaller) leaps and (less-than-inspiring) bounds. Like the Domino Theory that provided much of the rationale for "containing" communism in Indochina by bombing it to smithereens, if we don't stop the Mexican invasion elsewhere, why, it could happen here! All of their wonderful culture and delicious cuisine ruining our empire of strip malls and car dealerships and record labels, all because the federal government sought to check and balance the authority of states who want to stem this impending Latino tide with draconian and flagrantly unconstitutional measures.

Not today!

Black has filed an amendment to the 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act that would "prohibit the use of funds to be used by the Attorney General to originate or join in any lawsuit that seeks to overturn, enjoin, or invalidate Immigration Enforcement Laws in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arizona, Utah, Indiana, Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia."

As you might imagine, the amendment — somewhat stealthily attached as a (freedom) rider to a regular appropriations bill that funds the Department of Justice and other government entities you probably don't like — passed by a considerable margin in the House this morning, 238-173, including predictable yea votes from Tennessee's GOP contingent (e.g., Phil Roe, Jimmy Duncan, Chuck Fleischmann, Scott DesJarlais, Stephen Fincher and Congresswomanman Marsha Blackburn).

Before you ridicule them for voting to allow states the right to enforce terrible laws that pit people against one another and violate their supposedly inalienable civil rights, or for putting other states' issues before their own, or for apparently subscribing to alarmist xenophobic propaganda ... ah, fuck it. Just ridicule the shit out of them.

UPDATE: The American Civil Liberties Union has just sent out a press release chiding Congress for putting their seal of approval on the racial profiling of minorities.

“The House has made it clear it condones racial profiling by stripping the DOJ of its prospective ability to challenge these discriminatory laws that target Latinos and other minorities,” said Laura W. Murphy, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. “It’s bad enough that state lawmakers want to target certain minority groups for harassment, but now our federally elected representatives want to slam the door shut on the Justice Department’s ability to protect our Constitutional rights. This is an all-out attack on the innocent victims of these state profiling laws, including children and U.S. citizens.”

Murphy warned that Black’s funding limitation would establish a dangerous precedent by opening the door to congressional restraints on federal litigation by future administrations on any issue.

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