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The Arizona Jaime Cuervo "Papers Please" Law and Voter Suppression

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The groundwork for a coup can be successfully laid through identity politics and racism.They called it Jim Crow in the South. This "papers" please law is much like North Carolina, 1898 all over again. It is the wrong solution for the problem of illegal immigration.

Arizona'sJaime Cuervo/Jim Crow voter suppression & caging law

History repeats itself. Challenging voters, voter caging, and voter suppression have now gotten 1,000 times easier in Arizona thanks to the "papers please" law. No probable cause needed, just be the wrong skin color. Makes no difference if you are a 7th generation US citizen if you look Hispanic. Just like witch hunts, all it takes is someone to make the accusations, and guilty or not. Don't have your papers with you? Arrested. Detained. Maybe fined. You are guilty until you prove your innocence. Thats scary and expensive.

The Papers Please law can be used to stop people from voting or scare them away for fear of being harassed. Just have "observers" at polling places ready to demand all brown skinned people show their papers or be arrested. Doesn't matter if you are a citizen or not, the fear, intimidation and the threat of arrest, jail and fines will stop people from voting. For those determined to exert their right to vote, it won't matter, they can still be treated as criminals, since the only probable cause needed is suspicion. That will stop them from voting.

Arizona has now made it a law to be suspicious of any brown skinned people.Later this year, people of Hispanic appearance will need to keep their "papers" with them at all times when in public, in order to (hopefully) keep from being arrested, detained and or fined.

After arrests, false and otherwise, perhaps Arizona will find the need to find another way to physically identify who is "legal" and who is "not legal". A tattoo? Arm bracelet? Shaved heads?

But Arizona's new Jim Crow law/Juan Cervo goes into effect just in time to impact very important elections:

Arizona has key elections this year for many top state offices
Arizona has a primary election in August 24, 2010 for many key state offices including Governor, SOS, Attorney General and more...
In November of this year will come the General Election...

History shows that racial discrimination, and identity politics enacted into law are powerful tools for election manipulation.North Carolina in the late 1800s is a perfect example of how racism can impact elections. The state of North Carolina had a history of multiple parties, using Fusion politics.

In the late 1800s, over 1,000 African Americans served in elected office across the state. The two dominant parties happened to be the Republican and Populist parties, who cross endorsed one another's candidates from time to time.Democrats could not get elected.So the day came when the Democratic Party made a deal with white racists and also big business - they would scratch each others backs.

From the North Carolina History Project:

Fusion Politics

In the 1898 "White Supremacy Campaign," led by future U.S. Senator Furnifold M. Simmons (1854-1940), chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee, the Democratic Party used identity politics to regain power. "Negro rule" and "Negro domination" became the catchphrases of the campaign.
Josephus Daniels (1862-1948), editor of the Raleigh News and Observer, was the unabashed press spokesman for white supremacy. Red Shirts, reminiscent of the Klan, intimidated blacks and thereby limited the number of Republican votes.
Shortly after a resounding victory, Democrats disfranchised African Americans and thereby ended a possible Republican resurgence. Democrats, however, realized they must maintain some of the Fusionist education and business policies and thus acquiesced to school funding demands and business regulation; in 1900, emulating Republican-Populist interest in education, Democrat Charles B. Aycock (1859-1912) became the party's first "Education Governor."

Beware the upcoming fear and loathing, identity politics, and voter suppression and voter challenges in the upcoming Arizona elections.

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