Arizona Immigration Bill like Japanese Internment
Most everyone with good sense has already trashed this bill, including Wiz on this site. Heck, even John McCain’s own daughter Meghan is defying her daddy in opposing it. I don’t have much to add, but as a historian, I just want to echo former Arizona Senate majority leader and opponent of the bill Alfredo Gutierrez, who said, “This is the most oppressive piece of legislation since the Japanese internment camp act.”
Japanese internment was completely wrong. It was racist, immoral and unconstitutional. It cannot be justified, but at least can be partially explained in the context of World War II. In 2010, America is at war, but not with Mexico (at least not officially). Not only is there no justification for the Arizona immigration bill, but there is no plausible explanation other than sheer prejudice.