Friday, April 23, 2010

Stephen Colbert rips Arizona immigration bill

by Bill Goodykoontz - Apr. 23, 2010 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

In a sure sign that Arizona's controversial immigration bill has morphed into culture-war ammo, Stephen Colbert destroyed the thing Wednesday night.

Colbert, the host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," mercilessly - and hilariously - mocked the bill, which awaits an action by Gov. Jan Brewer, in his nightly segment "The Word." Wednesday night's word: "No problemo."

"It's like they're saying that harassing Latinos with racial profiling is an inevitable side-effect of this law," Colbert said. "It's not. It's the entire point of this law."

Colbert's show is a satire of conservative political talking-head TV shows, in which he adopts the persona, political views and tactics of a right-wing host.

Colbert, for instance, quotes Russell Pearce, the Republican state senator who sponsored the bill, as saying, "When you make life difficult, most (of them) will leave on their own."

Colbert then said, "It's the same strategy I use to keep deer out of my garden. . . . If this law fails, we should try sprinkling Arizona with wolf urine."

When explaining the bill, which would make it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and would require law-enforcement officers to check the status of those they suspect are in the country illegally, Colbert said, "And I believe they're allowed to Taser anyone using the word 'chipotle.' "

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