Posted on January 18, 2006

Arnie Declared ‘Persona Non Grata’

Herald Sun (Melbourne), Jan. 18, 2006

The assembly for the Mexican state of Baja California has declared movie star California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger “persona non grata” over his stance towards Mexican immigrants working in the US.

“The Terminator has forgotten that he too arrived in the United States as an immigrant and he now backs racist policies against immigrant workers,” deputy Arturo Pena Valle said after the vote, referring to Mr Schwarzenegger’s most famous screen role.

The regional assembly also denounced proposals in the US Congress to construct a fortified wall on the US-Mexico border to stem the flow of illegal immigrants.

Mr Schwarzenegger has opposed proposed legislation in California that would allow undocumented workers to obtain temporary driver’s licenses.

The northeastern Mexican state lies along California’s southern border.