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Republicans Endorse SB 1070 in National Platform -- Why Rep. Grijalva Isn't Afraid to Stand Up to Them


Location: Tucson, AZ

Over the past few decades, the GOP has given us no shortage of reasons to shake our heads and say, "What are they thinking?"

Their ideas are bad, but their tendency to double down on stupid is worse.
Only a few short weeks after the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the majority of Arizona's racist SB 1070 immigration law as unconstitutional, the GOP has included a plank in the Republican Party platform that says unconstitutional laws like SB 1070 should be "encouraged, not attacked," and calls on the government of the United States to drop legal challenges to these laws.

What part of unconstitutional don't they understand?

But it's not enough to just shake our heads and shrug off this latest derangement as just another fundamental misunderstanding of our Constitution and the rule of law. This isn't just some Tea Party protester with a handmade sign and a tricorne hat. This is the national Republican Party embracing and endorsing a discriminatory law that has been struck down by the Supreme Court.

With the GOP doubling down on stupid, can I count on you to make a wiser investment and donate $25 -- or whatever you can afford -- to support my re-election?

I fought against this racist and illegal agenda when the Arizona legislature first introduced SB 1070 -- and I will keep on fighting for our freedoms and the basic belief that we are all equal in the eyes of the law.

The two opponents in my primary are Republicans running as Democrats. They say I'm not being tough enough on immigration. Well, they never said a peep about SB 1070 during the debate -- Amanda Aguirre even skipped the vote -- and they haven't spoken up against Sheriff Arpaio's brutal tactics. They want to position themselves as above the fray and paint me as creating all of Arizona's problems.

Let me assure you: when it comes to violations of civil rights, constitutional rights or human rights, I'll never be "above the fray." I'll be fighting for you every step of the way.

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