“We are going to look like Alabama in the 60s!”

This is an excellent article, hence my reprinting in this venue.  But first let me explain the title of this post.

The title quote for this reprint by Ro Chambeau as posted in the Gila Courier on May 2 comes from the moderate republican state representative from Yuma, Bill Konopnicki as quoted in the New York Times.  Here’s the complete quote:

“One of those moderates, State Representative Bill Konopnicki, Republican of Yuma, said planned amendments to address legal and other concerns never materialized. In the end, he said, “everybody was afraid to vote no on immigration. “We are going to look like Alabama in the ’60s,” said Mr. Konopnicki, who is facing a tough election ”

And after reading the following along with the actual text of the new law, you decide if the May Day protests in cities everywhere by amnesty and open border activists are warranted or not.

By the way, this is the first, as far as we can tell, law to protect Arizona from the financial and social ravages of illegal immigration the Yuma lawmaker has voted for since taking office in 2002.  He was an active vocal and financial opponent of the Protect Arizona Initiative which required voter ID.  He has repeatedly attempted to water-down Arizona’s employer sanction laws.  We suppose he’s trying to spiff up his image in keeping with his claim of being a “Constitutional Conservative” who “… will continue to protect Arizona’s border.”  (yeah, he’s saying that)

So here’s Mr. Chambeau’s excellent piece from the Gila Courier. . . .

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”  — Mark Twain

David Muir

ABC News Saturday anchor David Muir said the following while introducing a story on yesterday’s nationwide protests of Arizona’s SB 1070:

[the “angry” protests are underway] “…all because of that tough new Arizona law that allows police to stop anyone suspected of being in this country illegally…”

That is a misstatement.  The law has no such provision.  Sorry ABC.

This is what the law says:

B.  For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.  The person’s immigration status shall be verified with the federal government pursuant to 8 United States code section 1373(c).

“lawful contact” has subsequently been changed to read “lawful stop, detention, or arrest” ie enforcement of city, county, or state laws.

The new law also states

This section shall be implemented in a manner consistent with federal laws regulating immigration, protecting the civil rights of all persons and respecting the privileges and immunities of United States citizens.

I don’t see anything there about harassing people who take their kids out for ice cream as President Obama warned of.  But if you do and I missed it, feel free to comment.

Meanwhile, check out this controversial law that is sure to spawn protests across the nation:

“Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him.”

Is this Arizona’s next crackdown?  New Mexico trying to up the ante?  Texas trying to stop the flow of illegals and drug smugglers?  Nope.  It’s federal law in place since 1952.  How racist is that?  George Will cited the law in his column.

So, maybe Congressman Raul Grijalva should call for a boycott of America.  Perhaps Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik should call federal immigration law “racist” and “stupid”.  Perhaps Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, and their ilk should comically characterize the feds as “Gestapo officers asking ’show me your papers’ “  Perhaps even the President of the United States Barack Obama should call federal immigration law “misguided”.

Finally, I really have to wonder about the Arizona Republic.  Their article about the Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy who was shot by drug smugglers was headlined “5 attackers are hunted after ambush of deputy”.  Really?  That’s the best you can do?  How about this:  “Pinal deputy shot–drug smugglers suspected”.  In fact, the article did not even mention until the fourth paragraph (it’s not even on the front page, you had to turn to page 6 of the newspaper) that the deputy had been shot.   In that fourth paragraph, buried on page 6 of the newspaper, the reporters first mentioned that a helicopter had come under fire BEFORE they mentioned that a Pinal Sheriff’s Deputy had been shot and wounded.  It wasn’t until the 19th paragraph until the article mentioned that up to 30 rounds were fired at the deputy.


  1. Just to clarify, Bill Konopnicki might originally hail from Yuma, but he hasn’t lived there for years. He resides in Safford.

  2. Oh, gee… a guy who owns a chain of McDonald’s fast food restaurants is unhappy about the law… color me NOT surprised.

  3. Veritas Vincit says

    Bill, thanks. BK was raised in Yuma we understand. We only quoted what Konopnicki seems to have told the New York Times.

  4. PKing548 says


    You have two families: “Joe Legal”
    and “Jose Illegal”. Both families have two parents, two children, and live in Arizona.

    Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted. Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social
    Security Number and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table.”

    Ready? Now pay attention…

    Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week,
    or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00. Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.00. Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.

    Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for
    food stamps and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $9,631.00. Jose Illegal receives a $700.00 per month section 8 rent stipend sent directly to his landlord. This equals $8,400 and is considered as payment in full for the rent each year. Jose Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00. Jose Illegal says, “We don’t need
    no stinkin’ insurance!” And still has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities,
    gasoline, etc. Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch
    to pay utilities, gasoline, and whatever he sends out of the country every month. Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work. Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

    Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same school. Joe Legal feeds his kids at home for breakfast and pays for his children’s lunch, while Jose Illegal’s children get government sponsored breakfast and lunch at school. Jose Illegal’s children also have an after school ESL
    program. Joe Legal’s children go home to mom.

    Do you get it, now?

    If you vote for or support any politician that supports illegal aliens YOU are part of the problem!

  5. Carlist says

    I’ve got a great idea!

    Why doesn’t “Mac” Magruder run Bill’s election campaign and Glen Hamer do the fundraising?

  6. Carl Hay says

    Konopnicki is one of the RINOs who we failed to bag in the 2008 primaries.

    His number is up this year.

  7. nightcrawler says


    Nice logic but no one making 50K year is in the 30% bracket. Your numbers are fantasy.

    Konopnicki is correct. We do APPEAR to be like Alabama in the 1960s. Not saying we are, we just look that way, with a little help from the MSM.

    Politics is all about perception, not reality.

    Will we all be collectively better off as a result of SB1070 ? Time will tell.

  8. PKing548 Says:
    May 3rd, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Illustrates the problem very well. And the Health Care Law will only make the disparity worse – in favor of “Jose Illegal” to the detriment of “Joe Legal.”

  9. Franchesca Ortiz says

    Bill Konopnicki, the master of the half-truth, the whiz of the whisper campaign, and the original Omar of omission.

  10. nightcrawler Says:
    May 3rd, 2010 at 9:26 pm
    Konopnicki is correct. We do APPEAR to be like Alabama in the 1960s.

    Oh, really?. Wall to wall Southern Democrats? George Wallace, (DEMOCRAT)?

    Republicans killed by Southern Democrats? Southern Democrats using Jim Crow to deny lawful citizens’ their right to vote?

    Arizona does NOT resemble in any way shape or form the Democrat-run Alabama of the 1960s and it’s idiotic deceit to claim that.

    That’s hysterical rhetoric designed to enflame tensions. What rational, reasonable person wants to be associated with such manipulative emotional blabbering?

  11. nightcrawler says


    So how many people marched in LA, Dallas, Chicago, NY and other spots over the weekend ? Do you live in a cave ?

    Clearly you miss the point. It isn’t the reality, but the perception.

    All of us in Arizona will pay the price for this folly. You included, you just haven’t figured it out yet.

  12. Veritas Vincit says

    nightcrawler… you said:

    “It isn’t the reality, but the perception.

    All of us in Arizona will pay the price for this folly. You included, you just haven’t figured it out yet.”

    Are you making a threat of economic terrorism?

    It certainly sounds like one.

    Who mobilized these “protesters” and “organized” them?

    They are a minority using economic terrorism to gain what they want.

    If Arizona cowers and backs down to this bullying, then you’ll never recover what you now enjoy.

    Arizona and Phoenix will continue to be the crime center of the nation and innocent lives will be lost.

  13. nightcrawler says

    Put away the tin foil VV,

    I am just like everyone else. Just watching our state reputation swirl down the toilet and helpless to do anything about it.

    Real jobs are at stake here, I certainly don’t want to hurt our economy since I live and work here as well.

  14. Veritas Vincit says

    If we cowtow to the thugs in the streets, then what’s next?

    Our “reputation” ?? Who really cares?

    Businesses make decisions on facts not imagined reputations. If you ignore these goons and simply call their bluff – you take away any power they might have.

    Laugh at them. Ridicule them. Ignore them. Diminish them.

    Capitulate and they win.

    No ‘real’ jobs are presently at stake – unless you count those employing SEIU members.

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