A Rogue State

Will Bunch is right: How long until Arizona tries to secede?

If Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signs into law the harsh anti-immigration measure recently passed by state lawmakers — making racial profiling the law of the law in a manner in which the term “police state” is not hyperbole — then the desert paradise will all but have seceded from the Union. Not legally — not yet, anyway, although in a few years who knows? — but morally…

Americans, and Arizonans in this present crisis, have two choices. We can turn an entire state of more than 6 million people into a non-stop cauldron of paranoia and suspicion, separate children from their parents, destroy what’s left of Arizona’s economy out of little more than spite and — let’s be honest here, OK? — racism, and treat our fellow humans like common criminals. Of we can provide a real path to U.S. citizenship for people who are already here and who agree to continue to pay taxes and obey our laws, and get more realistic in the future about who enters the United States and who doesn’t — and work to make Arizona a beacon of economic growth.

It doesn’t seem like a hard choice — and yet here is Arizona on the brink of becoming a rogue state, right here within our borders.

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