It was obvious that Arizona’s Juan Crow law was inspired by bigotry. Now we find out it was also influenced by corporatism. All emphasis mine:
It was last December at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Inside, there was a meeting of a secretive group called the American Legislative Exchange Council. Insiders call it ALEC.
It’s a membership organization of state legislators and powerful corporations and associations, such as the tobacco company Reynolds American Inc., ExxonMobil and the National Rifle Association. Another member is the billion-dollar Corrections Corporation of America — the largest private prison company in the country.
It was there that [Arizona state senator Russell] Pearce’s idea took shape. “I did a presentation,” Pearce said. “I went through the facts. I went through the impacts and they said, ‘Yeah.'”
That white supremacist legislator & reps for the “private” prison company both are board members for this shadow legislature. SB 1070 was a mutual favor, Russell getting to please his white-sheeted base, CCA getting an inroad to yet more profits.
According to Corrections Corporation of America reports reviewed by NPR, executives believe immigrant detention is their next big market. Last year, they wrote that they expect to bring in “a significant portion of our revenues” from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that detains illegal immigrants.In the conference room, the group decided they would turn the immigration idea into a model bill. They discussed and debated language. Then, they voted on it.
“There were no ‘no’ votes,” Pearce said. “I never had one person speak up in objection to this model legislation.” Four months later, that model legislation became, almost word for word, Arizona’s immigration law.
CCA is a publicly-traded corporation. Here’s their ticker. Say, hypothetically, that someone else that was at this gathering then went and bought a bunch of CCA stock, and the Juan Crow law had been allowed to go into effect. Would that meet the standard for insider trading?
As for this “ALEC”, rarely does the fallacy behind equating corporate capitalism with a market order stand so butt-nekked as it does here…
“ALEC is the conservative, free-market orientated, limited-government group,” said Michael Hough, who was staff director of the meeting. Hough works for ALEC, but he’s also running for state delegate in Maryland, and if elected says he plans to support a similar bill to Arizona’s law.
“Papers please”, drafted by a white supremacist at a corporate-state shindig, to funnel tax dollars to a “business” that should not even exist in the first place. If you can find a limit to government or an acceptance of market order anywhere in there, you need your eyes checked.
Asked if the private companies usually get to write model bills for the legislators, Hough said, “Yeah, that’s the way it’s set up. It’s a public-private partnership. We believe both sides, businesses and lawmakers should be at the same table, together.” […] As soon as Pearce’s bill hit the Arizona statehouse floor in January, there were signs of ALEC’s influence. Thirty-six co-sponsors jumped on, a number almost unheard of in the capitol. According to records obtained by NPR, two-thirds of them either went to that December meeting or are ALEC members.
Well they definitely accomplished that one. Big business & big government, sitting at the table in perfect harmony — and guess who’s on the menu?