Saturday, May 22, 2010

Using Puppet Video, Arizona Governor Defends Immigration Law

By KATE PHILLIPS

In the last few weeks, Arizona’s new immigration law has come under heated criticism from many corners, with the most prominent critic being President Obama, who has deemed the measure “misguided.”

And just this past week, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón called it a “terrible idea” before a joint session of Congress.

Prominent politicians and various groups have urged organizations to boycott events in the state, including Senator Robert Menendez, who asked the Major League Baseball players association to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of the state. The Times’s Jennifer Steinhauer examined the politics of Arizona’s law rippling across several states.



All of which has rained down on the champion of the legislation, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who gave an impassioned speech when she signed the bill, saying that the law wouldn’t allow racial or ethnic profiling. (The measure gives law enforcement officers the authority to arrest people if it’s believed they’re in the country illegally.)

So Governor Brewer is fighting back. She’s sponsored a new video, on the Web site SecuretheBorderAZ.org that skewers prominent Obama Cabinet members like Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, for their admissions in Congressional hearings that they hadn’t read the bill. And it uses a green puppet (kind of a faux Kermit, though not) to urge a better reading of the bill in a sing-a-long style.

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