National Immigration Policy Summit Highlights Phoenix, AZ - July 31, 2010
On July 30-31, immediately following the day SB 1070 was meant to be implemented, Sen. Russell Pearce (R-AZ) held a "National Immigration Policy Summit" to bring people together to discuss the state of immigration.
In order to promote public awareness of the laws of the land and states "inherent" authority to enforce immigration law, as well as debunk the many myths surround SB1070 and states inherent authority, Senator Russell Pearce and Civil Rights Activist Ted Hayes are co-hosting a National Immigration Policy Summit. The Summit is primarily targeted to state and local grassroots leaders, state legislators and their staff, but all members of the public are welcome to apply.
The Summit was divided into three parts: a memorial service and candlelight vigil, instructional sessions featuring several different speakers, and a nighttime rally. In discussing their views, several of the speakers resorted to bigoted and hateful language.
While describing the applications of the Privileges & Immunities and Equal Protections clauses, John Eastman said the "Equal Protection clause does not require that we treat everybody equally. It requires that we treat people who are similarly situated equally."
Michael Cutler likened illegal immigrants to burglars.
Cutler and fellow speaker Mason Weaver each told a story of interactions with government employees who had accents and who had the audacity to question them. Weaver went so far as to say that a border patrol guard named Garcia had no business stopping him at a permanent checkpoint location.
Ted Hayes said that all black Americans want illegal immigrants to be deported because they're trying to earn rights under the mantle of the black civil rights movement.
And Sen. Russell Pearce (R-AZ) said that while he doesn't know if President Obama is "illegal," the president is afraid of coming to Arizona because of SB 1070.
The battle over immigration reform has been brewing for years and has reached a fevered pitch in recent months. If the people supporting SB 1070-type laws elsewhere are following the prescriptions of those who spoke at this summit, it will be impossible to have an honest discussion about how our broken immigration system hurts everyone. Instead, we will have a twisted conversation full of misconceptions and hateful language. And that will accomplish nothing.