AZ Patriots leader Jennifer Harrison is a hypocrite, like other anti-immigrant zealots
Opinion: Jennifer Harrison preached the law-abiding gospel only to be arrested on suspicion of identity theft.
You’re dang right Jennifer M. Harrison is that kind of a person. The one that preaches the almighty anti-immigrant, law-abiding, patriotic gospel only to be caught and land behind bars.
Really. It's the kind of thing you’d expect to see in a movie, in a Netflix series or in the Southwest where U.S.-Mexico border hawks are worse than the immigrants they so much despise for the nerve to seek a better life.
The 42-year-old Harrison, the same right-wing anti-illegal immigration crusader, was arrested by Surprise police on suspicion of identity theft and booked into jail on a Class 4 felony.
See the irony here? Identity theft is the charge commonly used to prosecute undocumented immigrants who use a fictitious name or someone's identity to obtain a job, noted the Arizona Republic’s journalists who reported on Harrison’s arrest.
Nobody should rejoice at somebody else’s misfortunes, of course. But Harrison’s arrest crystalizes the hypocrisy of so many so-called “U.S. patriots” who think they’re better only because they were lucky enough to be born in the United States and haven’t been hungry enough or persecuted enough to have to flee one’s country.
Irony: She preached the law, then broke it
Harrison was arrested and booked into jail Oct. 24 on one count of taking the identity of another, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. She’s accused of taking “the identity of another by accessing an elderly victim's hotel points.”
She has denied the charges.
Harrison, a founder of the right-wing group AZ Patriots and a supporter of President Donald Trump, has made a name for herself waging a war on undocumented immigrants. She has led her group to protest at churches hosting asylum seekers released by federal immigration authorities, at the state Capitol and, of course, at the U.S.-Mexico border.
A federal judge ordered her and three other AZ Patriots members to stop trespassing at churches that help asylum seekers.
Remember the Minutemen, the border militia group that made headlines in the mid-2000s patrolling the U.S. border to keep immigrants out?
Just like Harrison, these people preached the anti-immigrant gospel, though the Minutemen armed themselves to keep foreigners out of this country.
Remember what happened to one of their leaders? Chris Simcox, a honcho of the Minuteman Project, was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison in 2016 involving child molestation.
There is no comparison between the gravity of Simcox's case and Harrison’s arrest over identity theft. But both instances show the irony and hypocrisy of how patriot puritans end up on the wrong side of the law themselves.
People like Harrison and Simcox symbolize anti-immigrant extremism in this country, the kind of people who are a world away from the patriotism they preach. Just stop the hypocrisy.