Rep. Baca distributes immigration-law protest bracelets
How to destroy a political party:
1. Promise that an economic stimulus is a surefire winner and ram it through without bipartisan support.
2. Have no foreign policy that views America as a good thing.
3. Spend a year talking about a healthcare bill that is opposed by a large majority of the electorate, then pass it by three votes in the House after passing it in the Senate by buying off senators.
4. Say an immigration bill is “racist” and “promotes racial profiling” without reading a bill that explicitly takes measures to prevent that, then stand side by side a foreign president who is causing the illegal immigration problem, then wear wristbands to ensure that the entire country, 67% of whom supports the bill, knows where you stand.
I’ll see your bracelet and raise you a middle finger.
Inland Rep. Joe Baca’s campaign against Arizona’s new anti-immigration law appears to be picking up steam.
As part of his general boycott of Arizona — which includes his refusal to fly through Phoenix on his weekly trips to and from Washington — Baca, D-Rialto, is distributing wristbands inspired by the Lance Armstrong LiveSTRONG craze.
Baca put in an order for 2,500 of his version, which will be red, yellow and blue — the colors of Arizona’s flag — to be worn as a show of solidarity against the controversial law.
But while he’s waiting for the official rubber wristbands to come in, Baca has distributed hundreds of stand-by models made from laminated colored paper.
He passed out hundreds in San Bernardino during a May 1 rally for immigration reform and against the law requiring police to check the immigration status of anyone they come across if there is a “reasonable suspicion” they are in the country illegally.
Beyond wearing the bracelets, Baca is asking people to avoid spending money in the state unless the law is repealed.
In Washington, Baca has gotten House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and most members of the Democratic leadership to wear them, as they did — along with golfing legend Chi Chi Rodriguez — at a recent fundraiser for Baca. Baca said his office is fielding calls from people inquiring how they can get one of the wristbands.
“Everyone wants them,” Baca said. “They’re going like hot potatoes.”
Now he’s setting his sights on professional baseball, hoping star players in the sport with increasing numbers of immigrants will wear them. To that end, Baca has written a letter to the Major League Baseball Player’s Association asking them to join his cause.