Saturday, April 24, 2010

does anyone know when the new AZ law requiring citizenship papers goes into effect?

I hear it'll be in 90 days from signing, and then it'll be postponed due to legal challenges. But I want to make plans for that day. My current thought is to start by going down to the police station and asking to be arrested because I don't have any proof that I'm a citizen on me. I've never managed to be arrested in any of my previous protests.* Maybe this'll be the day.

* I did get questioned by the secret service once, but that was because we were near a presidential speech, and I was sixteen and dumb enough to say to a friend, "Man, this would be a bad place to joke about killing the President." My friend laughed and agreed.

And the SS swarmed in.

They were very civil. Asked us a couple of questions, then dispersed. But I've always been amazed at how quickly they appeared out of nowhere. My guess is we looked like freaks (long hair, jeans, etc.), so someone aimed a long-range microphone our way as I asked the question.


  1. From this story: "The law will take effect in late July or early August,..."

  2. Stephen, I wouldn't do anything lightly, and I wouldn't do anything that would bring extra legal penalties, so no need to worry about that.

    And the only way I would move would be if there are family needs. I'm a big believer in staying to fight as long as you can.

  3. Of course, the reason this law exists is that there has been a completely bipartisan determination at the federal level, through three changes of president, and two-going-on-three changes of congress, to do nothing whatsoever about the issue.

  4. Joel, the issue is blown all out of proportion, and the real solutions have to do with things like legalizing drugs to decrease gang violence on both sides of the border.

  5. In case you haven't read it - here is the actual engrossed bill. Writing in blue is what was added: