Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer needs lesson in patriotism after defending new immigration law
http://www.nydailynews.com — They came out of the rain and up the steps of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bernard, into this magnificent church on 14th St., with its huge, beautiful murals hanging behind the altar. So many coming to the 9 o’clock Mass in Spanish were of Mexican descent, arriving as they do every Sunday from all parts of the city, and as far away as New Jersey.
On this morning many carried small umbrellas they dropped in a small box in the lobby. There were young couples with baby strollers, a girl in a pink slicker holding on to her mother’s hand, and small, old women in black raincoats, all happy to be in this place, in New York. It means a long way from Arizona, where they could all be questioned now by police for the crime of being brown, the suspicion of being illegal.
The governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, signed a bill into law the other day that makes it a crime in her state if you can’t produce proof of citizenship or legal status. And if you can’t, Brewer’s cops can arrest you and fine you and throw you in jail.
You can only imagine what a bonanza, then, a church like this could be in Tucson or Phoenix.
Maybe somebody could make a big TV series out of this for a zealot on immigration like Lou Dobbs, who once referred to Mexican immigrants as an “army of invaders.” Dobbs could jump out at people on the steps, backed by Maricopa County (Ariz.) deputies. He could call the show “To Catch an Illegal.”
“Maybe they could have a field day like that somewhere else,” Father Kevin Nelan, the pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe, said. “But not in New York.”
In the lobby of his church on Sunday morning, a young man named Anastacio waited for Mass to begin. He wore a black windbreaker and said he came on Sundays from Corona, Queens. He spoke spare, halting English, and would occasionally ask his friend to translate for him.
He said he was 31 years old and had a construction job.
Asked if he was a citizen, he smiled, shook his head, no.
“Legal?” he was asked.
A nod. “Yes.”
He was asked why he had come here from Mexico and he said, “Why always we do. A better life.”
He was asked if he knew about the new law in Arizona. He looked at his friend, who spoke quickly to him in Spanish.
The young guy from Corona, with a job in America in construction, said, “So people who look like me should be very afraid there.”
The governor of Arizona says that nobody who is legal should be afraid, that she is protecting her constituents, and her borders, just another politician, about as white as you can be, who loves her country.