A slip of the tongue, governor?
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"A slip of the tongue, governor?." Economist 375, no. 8424 (April 30, 2005): 28.
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"This article focuses on the political issue of immigration in the state of California. 'Close the borders in California and all across Mexico and in the United States. Because I think it is just unfair to have all those people coming across, have the borders open the way it is, and have this kind of lax situation.' So much for the impromptu opinion of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, speaking to a San Francisco meeting of newspaper bosses. Within minutes his press secretary was issuing a 'clarification', and the next day the governor apologised. The governor may have committed a linguistic gaffe in a state where 12 million residents (a third of the total) are Latino and where the Republican Party has been trying to drop the 'anti-immigrant' reputation it earned in 1994 by backing Proposition 187 (which limited benefits for illegal residents). But did he really drop a political clanger? Latino gang violence in California is eroding support for local police ordinances, such as Special Order 40 in Los Angeles, under which police officers do not question a person's immigration status. Los Angeles's police chief, William Bratton, has recently called for a reinterpretation of the policy, in the hope of deporting some 30,000 convicted felons illegally resident in the LA area. In other words, the mis-speaking gubernator may have been in tune with his Republican base--and probably with quite a few independents and Democrats, too."