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Thursday, April 10, 2014

ACLU’s slurs and lies target foes of illegal immigration -- American Civil Liberties Union uses subpoenas to intimidate foes of illegal aliens -- By Tom Fitton, The Washington Times

Conservative Boot Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times (Illustration by Greg Groesch, The Washington Times)

The American Civil Liberties Union has a reputation for serving as a "guardian of liberty," protecting our privacy and the First Amendment rights of speech, association and assembly.

Imagine our surprise when a subpoena from the ACLU trampling those rights landed on our doorstep. Imagine our greater surprise when we discovered the subpoena was filled with racial slurs such as "spic," "wetback" and "beaner."

Our surprise turned to shock when we learned that we were not the only ones to receive a sweeping command to turn over reams of First Amendment-protected correspondence concerning the passage of SB 1070, Arizona's tough Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act. In 2012, the Supreme Court upheld SB 1070s provision that police can check the immigration status of an individual if there is "reasonable suspicion" that the person is in the country unlawfully.

The ACLU objects to that decision. It is now trying to take another shot at the high court's ruling with a lawsuit claiming that SB 1070 was the product of "racial animus" and "invites racial profiling." So it has embarked on a witch hunt for racial profilers.

The ACLU subpoena demands all correspondence with Arizona state officials related to SB 1070, immigrants and immigration, including emails and computer files. It specifically notes all communications that include words such as "aliens," "illegal aliens," "illegals," "Mexican," "Latino," "invasion," "beaner," "spic" and "wetback."

The ACLU knows full well it cannot win in the courts with such tactics, but this is not about winning in the courts. This is about winning a political ground war with ugly and false insinuations of racism.

In a move of breathtaking hypocrisy, the ACLU is seeking to chill the First Amendment speech, association and assembly rights of Americans who played by the rules and worked to support a law they thought was in the best interests of the country.

Think about it: If you were publicly branded a racist on an issue of public debate, might you not next time hesitate to speak out, write your elected representatives or go to a meeting? That’s a chilling effect — and undermines the First Amendment.

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