Libertarians are joining in the immigration protests in Arizona. Not only are they passing out cards to the protesters, they seem to have some high level support from the other side of the border.:
These “Philosophia de Libertad” (Philosophy of Liberty) cards will contain links to websites containing further information, including a flash presentation on the basic principles of free society. The cards are being handed out by local Libertarian activist Ernest Hancock and the Representante del Gobernador de Sonora, Ricardo Valenzuela, along with a number of their friends, family members, and fellow liberty-activists.
Hancock is a current candidate for Secretary of State of Arizona, as well as a contender for the Chairmanship of the national Libertarian Party. Valenzuela was appointed by the Governor of Sonora, Mexico, as his official Representative in Arizona, and has also reportedly been published in several newspapers in Mexico as an open libertarian and has sparked a growing libertarian movement there among the young.
He reportedly says his actions in this event have the support of Governor Bours. When he was appointed, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano remarked she was “unhappy that Sonoran Governor Eduardo Bours would select a Republican” as his representative. Ricardo immediately corrected her, declaring, “I’m a libertarian.” Hancock, who is the publisher of the e-zine and website FreedomsPhoenix.com, announced that Valenzuela (and perhaps Governor Bours) will be writing Spanish-language articles for the multilingual publication.
Whenever the libertarian movement seems to slow down for a couple of days, one can always count on the Arizona crew to stir up the pot a little bit.