Open-Border Rhetoric Encourages Arizona Hacking?

By Jon Feere on June 24, 2011

The hyperbolic rhetoric of the open-border left has consequences, and now it appears to have been used as a means to legitimize hacking of governmental data. A hacking group apparently responsible for attacks on websites belonging to the Senate, the FBI, and the CIA has now focused its attacks on the Arizona Department of Public Safety, according to the Wall Street Journal. The group has posted files that appear to be training manuals, e-mails, intelligence documents, and other material that Arizona officials believe were accessed through the e-mail accounts of eight police officers.

In a press release, the hacking group known as "LulzSec" explained their motivation for the hacking: "We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona."

This language may sound familiar because it has been often invoked by advocates of mass immigration. Some examples:

Linda Greenhouse (N.Y. Times): "I'm glad I've already seen the Grand Canyon. Because I'm not going back to Arizona as long as it remains a police state, which is what the appalling anti-immigrant bill that Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law last week has turned it into."

ACLU: Refers to SB 1070 as one of the nation's "discriminatory anti-immigrant laws" that will transform Arizona "into a potential police state."

La Raza: Claims that SB 1070 "essentially sanctions racial profiling."

Socialist Party USA: "SB 1070 seeks to take this process a step further by transforming Arizona into the equivalent of a police state where anyone with brown skin becomes a suspect."

It's unfortunate that some voices in the immigration debate resort to hyperbole, and very troubling when it's used as a justification for lawlessness. It serves the public better when immigration policy is analyzed with the aid of facts, data, and research. Fortunately there's a site for that: