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The Face of Hatred


It all comes out when Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, gets angry. She becomes the new poster woman for immigrant-bashers, and for Latinos and other immigrants, she shows the new face of hatred. It's not a pretty sight!

We saw it last week when the governor learned that the Justice Department is getting ready to sue her state for passing a law that usurps the power of the federal government to determine immigration policy.

When Brewer heard the news, her reaction surely made conservative extremists proud. Although some kind of Justice Department intervention was widely expected, Brewer found a new reason to lash out against the Obama administration.

Because the first confirmation of the impending federal lawsuit came from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a TV interview in Ecuador, Brewer apparently felt she had a new excuse to rally her conservative followers.

"This is no way to treat the people of Arizona," the governor said in a statement. "To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous. If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation."

It was a clear effort to appeal to conservative isolationists, those who want the wall around their minds to be built around the entire country.

Apparently, it doesn't even dawn on Brewer that Arizona has stained America's image around the world or that when all her cheap theatrics are over, it will be up to the State Department to clean up the mess she and other Arizona Republicans have created.

In Latin America, where anti-U.S. sentiments perhaps were already at an all-time high, polls show that Arizona's heinous SB 1070 has turned many more people against us.

The image of Brewer's hateful expression is replacing that of the Statue of Liberty. It's a shame!

So what if Clinton revealed the lawsuit that everyone expected? Why get worked up because she happened to be in Ecuador when she said it?

The governor of Arizona, up for re-election, is playing the race card every turn she gets. In the past few weeks, when there have been opportunities for her to make peace with her critics and ease the boycott against her state, she has continued to fan the flames of racism. It doesn't appear to matter how much her state will lose in legal fees and as a result of the boycott-slowed economy; she claims to be determined to fight the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

If Brewer gets her way, if huge numbers of immigrants — legal and illegal — are forced to flee from Arizona, she will go down in infamy for instituting America's first statewide ethnic cleansing program.

At least five lawsuits have been filed against SB 1070, which has many reasons to be quashed by the courts. Lawyers for various civil rights organizations are seeking an injunction while their cases are heard. But the weight of the Justice Department — and the argument that only the federal government can make — is necessary in this fight. It's the federal government that has to establish that under this state law, Arizona would be interfering with federal authority, and that's the strongest case against SB 1070.

In fact, a federal response is long overdue. And for putting pressure on the Justice Department to finally serve Brewer with the lawsuit she earned, the only one who deserves praise is Clinton. Go figure!

But when the federal government finally goes to court against Arizona, please watch Gov. Brewer closely. You'll see the poster woman of immigrant-bashers, a political opportunist playing the race card. You'll see the face of hatred.

To find out more about Miguel Perez and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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If the federal government will not take responsibility for securing our borders , then I think Gov. Brewer and the state of Arizona have every right to stop illegal immigration. Mr. Perez the majority of Arizonians and Americans approve of SB 1070. And I consider it an insult for Clinton to make her announcement in foreign country. Yes, lets have another lawsuit so a bunch of ambulance chasing lawyers can make a bundle. Most of the problems that exist in this country today are because there are too many damn lawyers running things!!!
In 1907, President Teddy Roosevelt said this "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person,s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American , but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room but for one flag, the American flag...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Our so called wonderful "DIVERSITY" IS GOING TO BE OUR DOWNFALL!!!
Comment: #1
Posted by: buffalo1
Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:22 AM
How about Fremont Nebraska, voters passed laws making it illegal to work or rent there.Perez you are on the side of the chamber of commerce who want to drive down wages. Your reasons I suspect are couched in racism against the white establishment you see running this country, that you wish to change. Haven't heard you blast Mexico's immigration policy, your irrelavent.
Comment: #2
Posted by: James Reinhardt
Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:56 AM
well mr perez it seems like sb1070 is catching on like wildfire thru out the united states,cities and towns are starting to agressivley clamp down on those people. boycots are not going to stop the will of the people. my governor did exactly what the majority of arizonians wanted. american's have to abey laws if we dont we are punished. illegals are not going to be rewarded with an amnesty or a draem act.
Comment: #3
Posted by: pinkus fingerhut
Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:15 AM
sorry about the spelling
Comment: #4
Posted by: pinkus fingerhut
Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:16 AM
I am so sorry America doesn't accept your murdering, drug dealing, Mexican friends. I am sure it is all about their skin color and not their culture that is being rejected.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Tyler
Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:49 AM
Every time I access your column I see the face of hate. Your picture is right there.
Comment: #6
Posted by: David Henricks
Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:31 AM
Miguel, I must apologize, but I find the title of your article completely absurd. "The Face of Hatred"??? What exactly was so "hateful" about the governor's comment? If the Justice Dept. seeks to bring suit against a party (in this case a state), isn't it procedural to inform the party of this first? Then again, this really shouldn't shock anyone, since it's coming from an administration who gave the queen of England an Ipod, returned a Winston Churchill bust, refused to meet with the Dalia Lama and left Netanyahu alone on a dinner at the White House,, among the more ridiculous and offensive infractions..
The president met with the governor a couple of weeks ago. This meeting was scheduled in order to discuss the national guard deployment and funding for Arizona; in summary it was about this illegal immigration issue. Yet, the president instead, chose to discuss the issue of the wild fires and negated to address anything else. Hence, I'm still trying to understand what exactly are you talking about..Since to anyone with common sense, it is perfectly obvious that the federal government has time and time again indirectly refused to address the illegal immigration problem within the border states. In addition, all national polls support this move by Arizona, including it's own citizens at 70%. Not a very convenient fact for pseudo intellectuals such as yourself...
Moreover, if you check some history, you will note that the feds already sued AZ once on a similar issue and lost. We are all aware that federal immigration laws trump state laws, but if we are to go by the law, federalism is still in existence here. Might help you to understand that too...
Comment: #7
Posted by: aldridk gessa
Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:02 AM
Comment: #8
Posted by: pancho villa
Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:20 PM
governor Brewer you are sick is this the great America the one fights in another countries for "FREEDOM ANS HUMAN RIGHTS" please, you are discriminating and violating civil rights in your own soil you should stop hating us and focus on Arizona's real problems like your budget,rest areas,parks and all others.and tell your sick sheriff to go and look for a real criminal on the streets instead to go to Mcdonalds and arrest "hard worker criminals" the ones crime is to come here and work hard for a better life. those that you say take "our jobs"let me tell you this maybe you know it some americans prefer to get unemployement check instead to go and work as a landskeeper making 7.50 and hour or makin burguers for 7.25 an hour how about that?
Comment: #9
Posted by: pancho villa
Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:32 PM
Thank you Miguel for your truthful and thought provoking column. Thank you for your courage to face this issue openly rather than the cowardice commentators on this blog. I don't care where the news came from about the law suit being filed against Brewer and her nasty SB 1070 law as long as something is going to be done. When will our elected officials realize they can't go around violating the United States Constitution. Stop this madness already!!!
Comment: #10
Posted by: Cindy Garcia
Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:24 PM
Well, I would like to express to Gov. Brewer...and most of those commentators here that "The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart."... Gandhi
Also, there is an intent behind the title to this article.... It got You to read it!!
In as far as those majorities in Arizon.... the law of the majority has no place in matters of conscience.
Comment: #11
Posted by: Vivian Pino
Sat Jul 3, 2010 9:16 AM
Re: Cindy Garcia
I absolutely agree with you, Cindy. The United States Constitution should not be violated!
And also, that Miguel's articles are always thought provoking and certainly going to strike a cord in some..... that's why I will add this, GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
Comment: #12
Posted by: Vivian Pino
Sat Jul 3, 2010 9:22 AM
They profile me everytime I get stopped for violating a traffic law. Sir, if you work without the proper papers in Mexico, breaking the law there is MUCH worse. Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas have every right to defend their borders and the Governer of Arizona should be angry with the Federal Government not enforcing the Federal law that Arizona made into state law. Where do you live? I'm sorry that it is the Mexican drug cartel that has taken over in Mexico and is spilling into our border towns and they are, well Mexican?! The list of others that would like to do us harm are coming in through Mexico. You are sooooo wrong in your critism of the Governer of Arizona. Bring on the stupid law suites. Being anti-illeagal isn't bigotry. Just do it right! You know legally!
Comment: #13
Posted by: Melinda Burns
Thu Jul 8, 2010 8:53 AM
Re: Melinda Burns
Everyone should be able to live a better life, which is why most immigrants come to the USA. Why discriminate on Mexicans/illegal immigrants just because a certain percentage of there people are criminals. It makes no sense! Americans complain too much about illegal immigrants, just leave them alone, all they want is a better life. If it were you and your family you would want someone to give you a chance, so why can't you Give them a break? If it were Americans who weren't permitted in another country, they would
immediately go to war. Everyone should just leave immigrants alone!
Comment: #14
Posted by: K. Lazarini
Thu Jul 8, 2010 8:22 PM
I came to your sitge for the first time and possibly the lastd. AWhat is different, professor you call Gov of Ariz the face of Hatred and assigning any label to a group of people? You have to know a peson's heart before you can tell if there is prejudism or not. Overly simplistic is your assesment. I believe that Spanish people that favour illigal behaviour or as in your case say inmigrant when you should be saying illegal, inmoral people. I love people but I don't want people in my house that I don't know their behaviour. In Cuba I was taught to respect the law and I am shocked that a College Professor was never taught that. Spain is a country of law, most of us learned that. Do not disgrace their memory in vain.
Comment: #15
Posted by: Robert
Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:00 PM
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