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Let's look at some predictable happenings roundup style:
- From the Washington Post: The day after the Arizona legislature approved the bill, the police headquarters was flooded with phone calls. A typical complaint, according to [Tucson Police Chief] Villaseñor, was this: "Hey, there are some Mexicans standing on the corner? You need to check them out."
- Also from the Post, the first of many, many lawsuits to come.
- The Associated Press reports that the new law has already aroused the ire of local gal Linda Ronstadt.
- The Los Angeles Times reveals that this is going to be a big mess for major league baseball, which I've heard sometimes employs Latinos: "Pulling baseball's annual showcase out of Phoenix could cost the state more than $40 million, a baseball spokesman estimated." Well done.
- Ruben Navarrette, in the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports this unsurprising anecdote: There are many stories, but here’s just one. A Mexican-American friend of mine who is a corporate executive was mowing his lawn in an affluent and predominantly white neighborhood. He was unshaven and dressed in work clothes when a passer-by complimented him on the landscaping job and asked for a business card. “What’s the name of your company?” he asked. My friend smiled and responded: “Sprint.”
- Elsewhere in the San Diego rag, even less surprising support for the bill on the Letters to the Editor page. A sampling: "I do not anticipate midday public apprehensions of people walking down a street." Really? I do. "Illegal immigration, aside from being against the law, causes economic damage to the public and is resulting in a wide range of offenses, ranging from burglary to murder," claims another. Wow, that's quite a range: from burglary to murder, and, presumably, everything in-between.
- The Wall Street Journal reports this morning on a new movement in Arizona to get rid of teachers who sound too Mexican.
Isn't is marvelous to live in a post-racial society?