Monday, August 30, 2010

Maricopa County community colleges sued for discriminating against *legal* immigrants

Ummm...don't the defenders of SB1070 in the legislature and the other nativists in Arizona like to say that they aren't opposed to all immigrants, just "illegal" ones?

From AP via the Arizona Republic (I don't normally quote MSM articles in their entirety, but this one is very short) -
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the Maricopa County Community College District alleging it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination in hiring authorized non-citizens.

The Justice Department says its investigation revealed that Maricopa Community Colleges required all newly hired non-citizens to present additional work authorization documents beyond those required by law, but did not require U.S. citizens to do so.

The Immigration and Nationality Act requires employers to treat authorized workers in the same manner during the hiring process, regardless of their citizenship status.

District spokesman Tom Gariepy says the district has no comment because the matter is in litigation
This development, on top of last week's resignation of MCCCD Governing Board member Colleen Clark (interesting timing, that) should make for some interesting discussions at the Board's next meeting, whether that occurs at the next regularly scheduled meeting on September 28 or if one is scheduled  in the interim.

Now the attitude of contempt toward the "the other" that suffuses political discourse and practical governance at the upper reaches of Arizona's political food chain (state and county versions) has made its way to lower levels.
It seems that in Arizona, the Republicans embrace both "trickle down economics" and "trickle down bigotry."

2 comments:

Pamela Jai Powers said...

If Prop 107-- the anti-affirmative action prop brought to us by our legislators-- passes in Nov., discrimination and tokenism will be back in style. Welcome to 1950.

Thane Eichenauer said...

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

I say if Prop 107 passes that King's call above will have been fulfilled.

It is time to end government mandated discrimination.

But back to the topic of the article. I blame these unintended consequences on the elected officials who voted for the he Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (which resulted in the I-9 form) and Ronald Reagan who signed it.