Treason In Arizona

I take back (almost) every

nasty thing
I ever said about California

Gray Davis
. Davis is doing an outstanding
job—compared to Arizona`s Democratic Governor
Janet Napolitano, that is.

Davis is
bad on immigration—terrible, actually. But he can only
aspire to Napolitano`s level of deceit and treachery.
Next to Napolitano, Davis is a babe in the woods.

On June
26, Napolitano, in front of a cheering Hispanic audience
at the

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed
annual convention, vetoed H.B. 2345, a bill
that would have required voters to show identification at
polling places.

Napolitano, seizing a photo-op, brought her red “VETO”
stamp to the meeting to delight the partisan crowd as she
killed the bill.

To make
this ugly scene even more revolting, six of the nine
announced Democratic Presidential candidates attended the
NALEA conference; two others addressed the convention via
satellite. [see press release,

](When will they start to wave pom-poms?)

an ID, illegal aliens—or anyone else, for that
matter—cannot even rent a video at Blockbuster. But they
could vote for Janet Napolitano, a lawyer who promotes
law breaking.

And since
Napolitano won by fewer than 13,000 votes in 2002, and
with tens—if not hundreds—of thousands of illegals

registered to vote
in Arizona, little wonder she
wants to keep that source open to her.

"In Arizona, we want people to vote,"

said Napolitano, [Click
here to send E-mail to Governor Napolitano
received a standing ovation from the Hispanic officials.

"Welcome to the new Arizona,"


Allow me
to complete Napolitano`s thought: she wants illegal
aliens (like some of the subjects in this story: [For
the third time in the past four weeks, Phoenix police
believe rival smugglers may have ambushed a truckload of
undocumented immigrants by forcing them off the road and
opening fire.
Police suspect slain driver latest
victim in coyote war
, Christina Leonard,

The Arizona Republic
Jul. 4, 2003]) to vote
undeterred by the hassle of having to identify
themselves. Why else would Napolitano object to requiring
voters to present a photo ID, bank statement or
utility bill

Napolitano and her cronies claim carrying ID is
inconvenient and burdensome for the elderly! Really? I
tried to weigh my driver`s license but it did not
register on the scale!

Republican Representative Linda Gray (e-mail her:
who wrote H.B. 2345, asserted—correctly—that her bill
would prevent voter fraud. Napolitano
claimed—absurdly—that it would deter voter participation.

I called
Gray to ask about Napolitano`s motives. Gray replied:

“This went straight down party
lines. But what is the problem in

showing an ID?
Even if they don`t have ID, all that
person has to do is sign in and they vote a ballot to be
verified. The County Elections would then cross check
their signature as they currently do with early ballots,
including those dropped off at the polls on Election
Day. No one
[legally eligible] is not allowed to

Napolitano`s pro-illegal alien sideshow at N.A.L.E.O.
reminded me of U.S. Census Bureau Director Louis
Kincannon`s appearance two weeks ago at the L.U.L.A.C.
national convention to reveal that Hispanics had just
become the U.S.`s largest minority group. I marvel at the
planning and timing required for prominent U.S. officials
to suck up at

Latino conferences.

And I
note—without surprise—that the NALEO and LULAC crowd
treats themselves pretty well. The NALEOs schmoozed at
Pointe South Mountain Resort, “one of Phoenix`s finest“;
for the LULACs, it was swimming, golf, tennis and a
private Shamu showing at Orlando`s Wyndham Palace!

What a pity the people they supposedly represent don`t
have it so cushy.

readers are painfully aware of how shameless pandering
politicians are. But Napolitano has left her peers in the
dust. Three days before her veto, Napolitano addressed
the graduating class at Santa Clara University, her alma
mater. Her theme: the importance of

ethics, character and honesty

have gotten so bad in Arizona that I—a Californian!—pity
the good citizens who are paying the price. Illegal
immigration is hammering the state. Once a desert gem,
Arizona is




is ranked 9th among the top 100
cities in the US in terms of
total sprawl


illegal alien impact
in Arizona on social services is
so huge that even the New York Times

wrote about
it! Yes, the
New York Times

And this
summary written by FAIR of a House Committee on
Appropriations report titled

“The Immediate Environmental Impact of Illegal
paints a very grim picture.

Bob Park
, a Prescott resident and founder of “The
Article IV, Section 4 Foundation” assured me that
Arizonans are irate about Napolitano`s veto. Park says:

“Talk about having your
head in the sand—or the Sonoran Desert to be exact—when
it comes to anything having to do with illegal aliens,
i.e. setting fires to forest lands along the border,
leaving literally tons of trash along the way, destroying
our fragile eco system and overloading our jails and
prisons, Arizona`s governor Janet Napolitano sees no
evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil.”


confirmed Park`s opinion finding that 73% think
Napolitano “abused her power.”

Arizonans, like most Americans, have been pushed around
long enough by illegal immigration lobbyists and their

, Kathy McKee, Director of
“Protect Arizona Now”
told me. “And we intend to
do something about it,”
McKee emphasized.

this week, in direct response to Napolitano`s veto,
McKee`s group filed an application to collect signatures
to place

“The Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act”

on the

2004 ballot
. Similar to California`s Prop. 187, the
act would

identification and eligibility verification
(including immigration status) for all state and local
programs, services and benefits except those mandated by
federal law. Proof of citizenship would be required to
register to vote.

expects that Arizonans will overwhelmingly support her.
And from my vantage point as a columnist who hears from
all four corners every week, I see

growing frustration and anger
among the populace at
having their will blatantly subverted.

As 2004
approaches, I expect

immigration reform voices
to grow louder.

And the
more noise they make, the harder it will be to ignore

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.