Crazy Stuff Racists Say, Volume One

Have you noticed that ever since Arizona passed its new immigration laws, racists across this great nation of ours have felt emboldened to let everyone know how they really feel about us Latinos? OK, we know this is a matter of opinion, but watch the videos below and you decide.

First up is Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James and his new campaign advertisement. He's the son of former Alabama governor, Fob James (yup, F.O.B. the irony is killing us). "This is Alabama; we speak English," he says in the ad. "If you want to live here, learn it." We couldn't make this up if we tried! Check out his campaign ad below:

 

Next is San Diego area Republican congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. While speaking at a Tea Party sponsored rally in Ramona, CA, he declared that "it takes more than walking across the border to be an American citizen. It's what's in our souls." He also said the Arizona law was a fantastic starting point as far as immigration reform is concerned. When asked whether or not he would support deporting natural born American citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants, he answered, "I would have to, yes." Which, you know, happens to be in direct violation of the 14th amendment. Here's video evidence of his insanity:

And last, but definitely not least, is Sheriff Joe Arpaio—quite possibly the happiest person in Arizona since the passing of SB 1070. Some have even speculated that SB 1070 was passed in order to curb the mountain of lawsuits currently pending against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office. Since 2004, over 2,700 law suits have been brought against the sheriff's office for racial profiling, and on Thursday, Arpaio launched an immigration sweep in which he arrested 89 people, 61 of whom are suspected of being undocumented immigrants. But the self-styled "Toughest Sheriff in America" says that the raid is in no way connected to the laws that were recently passed. "We do not go on the street corner and grab people because they look like they're from another country," he told a local ABC news affiliate. Hmm, for some reason, we're finding it hard to believe you Sheriff.

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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