Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Final Solutions Come Around Again, Courtesy of US Right

The more the immigration issue is hustled, the bigger the problem. When a nation is in trouble, there’s nothing like a good scapegoat. The Tsar of Russia knew this, Hitler knew it: and the Republican right knows it. More and more anger and frustration is heaped on the immigrants coming across the US-Mexico border. More and more people are coming up with their own recycled versions of the Final Solution.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Governor decries death threats against Hispanics
Schwarzenegger says lieutenant governor, L.A. mayor have both been targeted.

The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO – Prominent Hispanic elected officials, including the mayor of Los Angeles and California's lieutenant governor, have received threats amid a heated national debate over immigration policy, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday.

Schwarzenegger told reporters about the threats against Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, both Democrats, during a news conference in his office Monday.

"It has come to my attention that our Lieutenant Governor Bustamante and our Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa and other elected officials of Mexican heritage have received disturbing and hateful death threats," he said.

Schwarzenegger said he also was disturbed to learn that vandals had torched and spray-painted ethnic insults on a Mexican-owned restaurant in San Diego County earlier this month.

Sheriff's officials ruled the April 10 attack a hate crime.

"That is not what California stands for," Schwarzenegger said. "I've asked the district attorneys throughout our state to be vigilant and swift in their actions against those who practice hate against our fellow citizens."

Bustamante spokesman Steve Green said the lieutenant governor appeared at some immigration rallies with Villaraigosa at the end of March and received "nasty e-mails" afterward. The threat came about three weeks ago on a blank postcard, he said.

"We got one postcard from Pasadena that said words to the effect, 'All you dirty Mexicans should go back to Mexico. The only good Mexican is a dead Mexican,'" Green said.

He said the threat was forwarded to the California Highway Patrol, which declined to comment.

"The CHP investigates threats made against public officials, but we don't discuss the details of those threats," spokeswoman Fran Clader said.

A spokeswoman for Villaraigosa said she didn't know whether the mayor had received any threats because of his position on the immigration debate.

The governor has said he opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants, but also called a massive deportation of the estimated 12 million foreigners living illegally in the United States unrealistic.
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