Golden State Tea Partiers Play Anti-Immigrant Card
Golden State Tea Partiers Play Anti-Immigrant Card: Is An Arizona 1070-Style Initiative Headed to California?
November 29, 2010
On Election Day in California, the Republican Party and their Tea Party allies went down in flames. Democrats were elected to every significant statewide office, including governor, despite the Republican candidate, Meg Whitman, having spent more than $140 million of her own money on the campaign. The Democratic congressional delegation held serve, and Senator Barbara Boxer handily defeated GOP challenger Carly Fiorina. Republicans lost the minority vote -- including Latinos -- by large margins.
So what might you expect from a Party and a movement that is in need of some serious navel gazing? The answer: Come out of the gate with an Arizona-style anti-immigrant initiative.
Just before Thanksgiving
Day, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen authorized a
signature drive that would, if successful, place an
Arizona-style immigration law before California voters in
The proposal, called the "Support Federal Immigration Law Act," was submitted to state authorities in September by Michael Erickson, a Tea Party activist in the Bay Area city of Belmont. Erickson is the former chair of the Sonoma County Republican Party, a Priest in the Anglican Catholic Church, and is currently the chairman of Republicans for the National Interest, and the Support Federal Immigration Law Committee. According to The San Mateo Daily Journal, Erickson is also "writing a book about the tea party."
The Sacramento Bee recently
reported that "Erickson, speaking at a videotaped rally on
his initiative's website, said he worked with a legal team
to draft a version of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070, which
requires that police investigate a person's legal status if
an office has reasonable suspicion of that status. 'Since
we're never going to get something like this passed through
the Democrat-controlled Legislature, it's going to be we the
people who are going to make it happen,' Erickson
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