Offbeat Arizona lawmaker criticized for race, immigration comments

07:07  14 june  2018
07:07  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The Arizona legislature has passed a series of changes to the state's controversial new immigration law, but it is unclear whether Gov. Among other things, lawmakers asserted that prosecutors would not investigate complaints "based on race , color or national origin."

The legislators removed the word "solely" to bar race from being used by officers enforcing the law. Its backers say it is needed to stem the tide of illegal immigration into Arizona , the favored Arizona lawmakers said they acted only because the federal government had failed to secure the border.

Rep. David Stringer, a Republican from Prescott, spoke Monday at the Yavapai County Republican Men's Forum. His speech was livestreamed on Facebook and saved to his campaign page. It was later removed. But a clip widely circulated on social media by a Democrat showed Stringer talking about how immigration is changing the demographic makeup of the country.

"Sixty percent of public school children in the state of Arizona today are minorities. That complicates racial integration because there aren't enough white kids to go around," Stringer said in part of the video.

The clip also shows Stringer saying "immigration is politically destabilizing" and "immigration today represents an existential threat to the United States."

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"If we don't do something about immigration very, very soon, the demographics of our country will be irrevocably changed and we will be a very different country and we will not be the country you were born into," he said.

Stringer told the Arizona Capital Times that he apologized to anyone he offended, and that he planned to re-post the entire 17 minute video of his comments. He said he wants people to hear the whole speech.

"I maybe touched a third rail of politics but what I said is accurate," Stringer told the newspaper. "Anybody that talks about this in this way is shut down and called a racist. I'm speaking the truth. Diversity may be a great thing, there might be a lot of advantages, I'm not arguing against diversity at all, but no country can be demographically transformed without any political or social consequences."

The clip started circulating after David Schapira, a Democrat running for superintendent of schools, downloaded the video and posted a portion of it on his Facebook and Twitter pages. It received more than 25,000 views within 21 hours. Schapira later re-posted the full video.

"It's time to remove xenophobic radicals from elected office this November," Schapira tweeted.

Josselyn Berry, co-director for a Democratic advocacy group ProgressNow Arizona, said in a statement it should go without saying that all children deserve an education, regardless of their skin color.

"Stringer's racist and paranoid comments that we must protect the white race or America will be taken over are dangerous, fear mongering and hateful," Berry said.

Carlos Galindo-Elvira, the Arizona regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted that Stringer's comments have "no place in our state government" and are "shockingly inappropriate."

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