From TALKING POINTS MEMO:
Dean Martin, Arizona state treasurer and Republican candidate for governor, is pushing a plan that would create “tent cities” to house illegal immigrants convicted of other crimes, modeled after notorious anti-immigration Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s set-up in his own Maricopa County.
In an interview with TPM, Martin described how the state could use the tent cities to provide “inexpensive temporary housing” that would save them enough money to deploy more troops down to the border.
According to a statement by Martin, he and Arpaio met earlier this week, and Arpaio endorsed Martin’s “Zero Tolerance” plan because it “offers real solutions.” Martin told TPM that Arpaio also said he would take on any illegal immigrants arrested in his own Maricopa County for other crimes.
In the plan (.pdf), Martin describes how the state of Arizona could save millions by temporarily housing “criminal aliens” in either private prisons or in “tent cities.”
Though in his proposal Martin says Arizona “can no longer afford the luxury of comfy new prisons when our state is in the red,” he assured TPM that with the tent cities, “we’re not talking about a Shantytown here.”
He said they would use extra land adjacent to existing prison facilities, which would allow the tent cities “room to grow, so to speak.
He also emphasized that his plan would eliminate the need to release convicted illegal immigrants from prison 90 days early, which he says Gov. Jan Brewer has been doing to balance the budget.
Martin’s plan would also require welfare recipients to give thumb prints before getting a check, and speed up the completion of the border fence, among other things.
(Video at TALKING POINTS MEMO link)
Yep, because Jan Brewer isn’t quite batshitty enough. But wait, kids, the hateful Arizona crAZy doesn’t stop there! From PHOENIX New Times:
You can add Yuma Mayor Al Krieger to the long list of Arizona politicians intent on embarassing the hell out of this state.
According to this clip from KYMA Channel 11, Krieger used a Memorial Day speech to criticize congressional plans to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” — and, while he was at it, to insult gays as “lacy-drawered, limp-wristed people.”
Unbelievably, Krieger subsequently defended his remarks to reporter Nick Cilletti, explaining, “It came from my heart.” Cause, you know, sincerity makes bigotry completely forgivable.
In the brief clip, Krieger speaks from behind a lectern at a local cemetery. Apparently referring to military veterans, he says, “And I cannot believe that a bunch of lacy-drawered, limp-wristed people … could do what those men have done in the past.”
“I am reluctant to compare myself to George Washington or Abraham Lincoln,” Mayor Krieger tells the reporter modestly, “but I did get some feedback on what I said, and I don’t believe I said anything different from what they would have said.”
He got feedback from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln? They’re afraid of immigrants in Arizona while this moronic wingnut is running around?