STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Mayor Bloomberg Blasts Arizonians Over Immigration
By Staff News & Analysis - April 30, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg (left) calls on President Obama to fight against the nation's immigration rules. A fired-up Mayor Bloomberg warned the U.S. "is committing national suicide" by passing the buck on implementing comprehensive immigration reform. Hizzoner delivered the blunt message Wednesday as he criticized Arizona's harsh new anti-immigrant law. "This is not good for the country. I don't agree with it," he said. "We love immigrants here." Bloomberg said that because federal lawmakers have failed to tackle the thorny issue, lawmakers in states like Arizona have taken matters into their own hands. "This country is committing national suicide," Bloomberg said. The Arizona law allows cops to stop anyone they think is in the country illegally and arrest folks who can't prove their immigration status or citizenship. Bloomberg deemed it an invitation to harassment. – NY Daily News

Dominant Social Theme: Arizonians are racists.

Free-Market Analysis: We've been reading the reactions to the Arizona anti-immigrant bill, and we've seen how the bill is being utilized to ignite a seeming groundswell of support for upcoming immigration legislation planned by the administration. Arizona's new law makes it easier to deport "illegal immigrants." What the US administration has planned (if not now, then in a year or two) will make it easier to be a South American immigrant and to stay in the US regardless of status.

According to latest reports, the Obama administration has decided immigration legislation is not going to be pushed this year. But these reports, in our estimation, only reinforce just how controversial the immigration issue has become in America. And there is no gainsaying the perception, we believe, that a promotional effort is underway to change the very culture of the US through immigration. The idea is to meld American and South American cultural identities together through increasingly unrestricted immigration.

Why would this be? The idea, long held by the power elite (so far as we can tell) is to continually consolidate world power via financial and then political consolidation. The European Union itself is the most successful example of this effort but others are on the way. There are currency unions cropping up around the world, from the Middle East to South America, and the idea is that political consolidation shall follow the economic kind. We don't forecast that effort shall necessarily be successful, but there is no denying, in our opinion, that it exists.

In America, the elite have made it fairly clear in a number of ways, some secretive and some less so, that a union between Mexico, America and Canada is a fundamental building block for a larger "union of the Americas." One way the elite, in our opinion, hopes to accomplish this is by making the border between America and Mexico increasingly fungible.

It seems fairly clear that the ludicrous "war on drugs" has destabilized Mexico by empowering a criminal narco-class, which in turn increases the economic pressure on Mexicans. As Mexico degenerates into a failed state, more Mexicans seek to cross the border into the US. As more Mexicans move into the US, those who wish for political consolidation will take advantage of this inflow by attempting to further enhance the status of Mexicans within the US. At the political level, there are many who carry the elite's water when it comes to this further enhancement. Here's an additional excerpt from the article above:

"We have to get real about the 12 million undocumented here," the mayor said. "We're not going to deport them. Give them permanent status. Don't make them citizens unless they can qualify, but give them permanent status and let's get on with this." Bloomberg spoke as he thanked volunteers at the "Citizenship Now!" hotline sponsored by the Daily News and City University of New York, which helps callers who want to know how to become citizens. He called on President Obama to lead the fight to overhaul the nation's immigration rules. "I will be there behind him supporting him 100%," he said.

Bloomberg has deemed the Arizona bill "an invitation to harassment." And in the above except, he is making it clear that he wants Mexicans to be integrated as seamlessly as possible into the American fabric. There is, of course, some irony in this because Bloomberg himself has been a most activist mayor and has wielded the power of government mercilessly in New York. His Bloomberg media empire relentlessly reinforces power elite themes of scarcity and fear – from global warming to the upcoming water scarcity promotion and everything in between.

As mayor, Bloomberg has made New York's restaurant-owners miserable with his anti-smoking regulations and his food rules. He has launched effort after effort to make it illegal to use certain foods – butter and salt especially – in cooking and generally shown that there is not a nook or cranny of New York's public face that he will not seek to reconfigure in his quest to save people from their own bad habits. He has realigned New York's streets and made driving downtown almost impossible. He has banned cars from the famous Times Square area in a misguided attempt to turn the heart of America's most vibrant city into a series of urban pocket parks.

As part of the process of analyzing power elite dominant social themes, the Bell is always on the lookout for endorsements by powerful people in business and politics of these promotional memes. As it turns out, Bloomberg is only one of a number of powerful people who have recently denounced the Arizona anti- immigration measures and declared support for what the Obama administration has in mind. One need only read the mainstream press in the past few days to see this taking place.

Given the nature of the debate, those who are not pro-unrestricted immigration to the US are being cast as "racist." But perhaps this is unfair. Aggressive immigration into the US could well have an impact on the resurgent republican spirit as embodied by the Tea Party, movement, etc. The history of South American political culture, generally – as supported by US political and military policy – tends to be more despotic than republican, and this is the political background that immigrants carry with them into the US. This is their background and history. The American Democratic party is counting on this and hopes it will translate into increased political support. It is the most serious kind of power politics.

After Thoughts

The larger prize is changing the political conversation of the US itself. If the US political culture can be in a sense vitiated by an immigrant surge that is focused largely on economic survival. Will this actually take place in the era of the Internet? We're not sure, but we will continue to cover the clash between the power elite and the West's larger population, increasingly educated about these issues because of the economic crisis and ever-more available electronic information.

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