When is a progressive not a progressive? When she pulls crap like Morgan Carroll did yesterday at the Colorado Senate by killing SB170, also known as the tuition equity bill.
I attended her early-morning town hall yesterday, when she told the assembled crowd that she was voting no because she was “certain” that federal immigration law would override any law that Colorado passes to confer “benefits” to undocumented residents. So that was reason one.
Senator Jennifer Viega argued over and over on the Senate floor yesterday that Senator Carroll’s reason for her no vote was completely unfounded. Ten of the eleven federal court challenges to state laws offering similar “benefits” to undocumented youth have been thrown out of court, and the eleventh is pending in California. And yet, even though her weak reason for the no vote was thrown out handily by Sen. Viega, she still voted no.
Fast forward to today, on her blog. Today’s reason for voting no is now because she feels it would be unfair in the current economic climate with the current budget shortfall. Here again, she is lying. She is making it sound as if the legislation would have given money to undocumented students for school, when she knows that this is not true.
I have to give her blog team props for actually posting my comment, which was:
Let’s be clear, folks. This bill was a net ZERO financial commitment for the state. It would have cost the taxpayers NOTHING.
Second, Sen. Carroll’s reason for not supporting the bill yesterday was that there was federal law that would override the state law. However, Jennifer Viega stated over and over that this was a false premise; that in every case except one, the federal action was overturned in court. The one that hasn’t is still pending.
Sen. Carroll’s reason for not supporting this, therefore, is false. She knows it. The reason she states on this page is not the reason she stated in her town hall yesterday. Which one is it, Senator?
A progressive that cannot understand basic justice and votes with xenophobic right-wingers is no progressive. If you cannot understand how this situation is just like women who cannot vote through no fault of their own, or people of color who are blocked from voting through no fault of their own, then you really are a bigot at heart.
You have a chance to make this up in your heavily Hispanic district, Senator. It will be back next year. Your ambitions for Attorney General will be fruitless if you cannot see basic justice.
As of right now, Hispanics are mobilizing, and Chris Romer has vowed to fight another day. We will definitely see similar legislation back in next year’s session. Anyone who is truly a progressive needs to keep a long memory of this bigoted action and vote accordingly. The Hispanics of this state vow to help you remember. As my home boy Rodolfo Martinez says, “despair is not an option.”
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