The remote desert of Hereford, Arizona was abuzz with activity yesterday as the Tea Party held a rally at this portion of the U.S.-Mexico border. The rally billed as the “United Border Coalition Tea Party” brought together some 400 people and speakers most of which were Republican candidates for office. The group was there to give support to Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 law and demand the President do more to secure the border.
Anti-immigration super-stars like Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, author of SB 1070 was there, J.D. Hayworth, Republican primary opponent to Senator John McCain was there and other individuals not notable in name but for their visible gun holsters. And what would a ‘Love America – Hate the Illegals’ event be without Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The boisterous self-anointed law man of the West, spoke of his own ideas on border security: “Let’s say lock them up in the interior,” Arpaio announced not caring what all the new jails would cost or ignoring foreign sovereignty when he prefers to track down migrants on the Mexican side before they cross.
Many speakers curiously made little mention of the $600 million Southwest Border bill signed on Friday by the President that will gives border states additional border patrol agents, unmanned aircraft and technology to fight illegal immigration. Those who did mention it saw it as “a little, too late.”