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Rep. Linda Sanchez takes heat for comments on Arizona’s SB 1070

June 3rd, 2010 · 9 Comments

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, not to be confused with her sister Loretta, has been taking some heat for some comments she made to a Long Beach Democratic Club. You can hear the comments in the clip linked here.

And in way, Rep. Linda Sanchez is partly correct. Russell Pearce, who spearheaded SB 1070, does have ties to the controversial John Tanton network and Neo-Nazis. Some of the groups within the John Tanton network have been designated as ‘hate groups’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center. So yes, there is definitely a connection, but Sanchez is correct in clarifying that not everyone who supports SB 1070 is a white supremacist.

VivirLatino has a good post up with some footage outlining Pearce’s relationship to white supremacy groups.

In the end, I think that Linda Sanchez should not run away from her statements. Instead, I wish she would talk openly about the John Tanton network and those with ties to white nationalist groups who helped influence and craft Arizona’s new immigration law. And finally, I think that GOP candidates, Steve Poizner especially (who commented in the video I linked to), should not simply dismiss the fact that not everyone who supports the Arizona law is a white supremacist and attribute Sanchez’s comments to demagogue-ing, but also address this hate head on. Let’s have an honest discussion about the people behind SB 1070 with participants from the left and the right.

Rachel Maddow had a decent segment about Russell Pearce, the Neo Nazis, and the John Tanton network as well back in April:

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Tags: Immigration · racism · Rep. Linda Sanchez · Rep. Loretta Sanchez

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Jun 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    More proof Arizona is the new Mississippi. Who would’ve thought that having an elected Black President would incite so much fear and hatred within the WASP/Bible belt community? So much, that we’re now seeing Jim Crow type laws reinserted into state legislative agendas. Linda Sanchez finally earned a portion of her fat salary with those comments. Now let’s see her earn the rest of it by standing up to the press.

  • 2 El Cholo // Jun 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    And for once a Lobbyist, or Lobbyist group didn’t influence her comments. So there must be some truth to her statement. As Michaelr says, now lets see if Linda Sanchez has the courage to earn that fat salary of hers.

  • 3 John // Jun 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Notice that there is a new hate group called Hispanic Supremacists. They really believe that Spanish should take over America, that Mexico will regain Arizona, and they might be right, since Democrats lick their behind. Let’s call out the real racists: Hispanic racist groups like La Raza etc.

  • 4 What The ... // Jun 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Michael, I believe there is much misinformation stemming from ignorance of SB 1070. I’ve added a link to the bill. I’ve read , it’s not that long about 17 pages. It actually mirrors our Federal Immigration law; it has to or it will be unconstitutional. Federal Immigration Law has been in effect for ages but not enforced, but is the umbrella law for all sovereign states. Because the US is a conglomeration of states which are sovereign, they can take power at the state level for which the Federal Government fails to do, if necessary to protect thes safety of that the citizens and residents of that state. Therefore it is impossible to call Arizona Law SB1070 racist, for which is the reflection of Federal Law for which has been in effect. O’Nada is technically are first Bi-Racial President. He was abandoned by his black father and raised in the paradise of Hawaii by his White Grandmother. To call him Black would in effect, be guilty of racial profiling. Though in all consolation, I do agree with you regarding Linda Sachez’s comments. Just a Latino trying to educate other Latino’s…

  • 5 What The ... // Jun 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    SB 1070 Link:

    http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf

  • 6 miss karma // Jun 5, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Sadly Michaelr I am not surprised by the reaction since the election of President Obama.

    My grandmother and aunt who grew up in Jim Crow South said this about BS 1070 (who would know better.) Yet, even with this klan-lite organization practically bragging about playing a role in the law the geniuses (racist and non-racist) will say that this has nothing to do with race. There are Black folks who support this nonsense and it makes my blood boil when my own people act like they’re brand new—like it won’t happen to us and then these supporters try to run this nonsense of “but we were citizens” BS when in reality only three-fifths of us were considered human beings at one time, and folks like Tanton think we are genetically inferior. Martin Luther King Jr. said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere.”

    Even with the abolishing of the ethnic studies program and most recently the controversy or a mural painting in Prescott Arizona (fortunately the right thing was done in that situation) the people who support this law will still say it has nothing to do with race/skin color. One doesn’t need to play a race card when the entire deck has been spread out on the table for everyone of sound mind to see.

  • 7 miss karma // Jun 5, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Mr. or Ms. What the:

    Puhleeze spare me the poop. Actions speak much louder than words!

    PRESIDENT Obama may be half-black and half-white, but the actions of the Birthers of a Nation and the Fleabaggers with their misspelled signs, and the commentators on Fox Screws who won’t even call him (again) PRESIDENT Obama have been treating him like he’s ALL BLACK.

  • 8 Michaelr // Jun 6, 2010 at 9:16 am

    You are dead on Miss Karma.

  • 9 Rep. Linda Sanchez becomes ranking member of House Ethics Committee // Jan 29, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    [...] in June, Linda Sanchez made a statement about the Arizona law and then backtracked a bit in terms of linking the origins of SB 1070 to [...]

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