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Gabrielle Giffords Has Had Nuanced View of SB1070, is for Tough Border Control

John on January 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I mentioned this in the last post but it deserves a headline of its own. Fox News has published a leaked DHS memo which says the Feds are looking closely at a group called American Renaissance. The thinking seems to be that Jared Loughner was involved with them and may have target Giffords because she is Jewish:

The group’s ideology is anti government, anti immigration, anti ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti Semitic. Gabrielle Gifford is the first Jewish female elected to such a high position in the US government. She was also opposite this group’s ideology when it came to immigration debate.

Given Loughner’s fondness for Mein Kampf, this seems as reasonable a suspicion as any other. However, it’s worth pointing out that the last statement about Giffords immigration views isn’t quite accurate. Her position on SB1070 was highly nuanced. When the law was first passed, she was criticized by the left for not issuing any statement about it. When asked by CNN the same month, she defended the new law:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, said her constituents were “sick and tired” of the federal government failing to protect the border. The current situation is “completely unacceptable,” she said.

Giffords defended the Arizona law. She acknowledged the concerns about the bill’s constitutionality but said it is a “clear calling that the federal government needs to do a better job” securing the border.

By June she had backed away from it slightly. A video on her website shows her enunciating a new position. She says she would not have voted for its passage, but not because it is racist. In fact, she says her biggest problem with SB1070 is that it does nothing to address border control.

Giffords did not support the subsequent boycotts of Arizona and was attacked from the left by a fellow Arizona congressman for her position. She was also strongly against the lawsuit by the Justice department. Overall, she sounds like a moderate Republican or a conservative Democrat on the issue. So the idea that she could have been targeted for being too far left on this issue seems far fetched. But given the accumulating evidence of Loughner’s diminished mental state, I suppose anything is possible.

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