Friday, May 21, 2010
Obama and Holder on Immigration
The Obama White House was so flummoxed over the recent passage of Arizona's immigration law that it wasted no time sending Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano onto the talk show circuit to decry the law's constitutionality. Holder even threatened a court challenge. It wasn't until this week that we learned that neither official has actually read the law. When Holder was challenged by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) about how he assessed the law without even reading the 10-page document, Holder replied that he "made the comments that I've made on the basis of things that I've been able to glean by reading newspaper accounts, obviously, television..." So the nation's "top cop" bases his legal actions on behalf of the federal government on what he sees on TV? Maybe it's a good thing that "Law & Order" is going off the air.
The administration is also busy embarrassing itself overseas regarding the Arizona law. In human rights talks with China, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner lent a sympathetic ear to Chinese delegates who complained about U.S. human rights issues, namely the Arizona immigration law. This from a government that practices institutionalized infanticide to control its population, as well as routinely jailing and executing Chinese citizens who speak out against it. As Investor's Business Daily notes, "The administration's apology tour continues with a mea culpa to the world's worst human-rights violator for Arizona's enforcement of U.S. immigration law. You'd think Tiananmen Square was in Phoenix." That is moral relativism at its lowest, proudly brought to you by Barack Obama, who declared, "[W]e are defined not by our borders, but by our bonds."
"I strongly disagree with the recently enacted [immigration] law in Arizona. It is a law that not only ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree but also introduces a terrible idea using racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement." --Mexican President Felipe Calderon denouncing Arizona before the U.S. Congress, where Democrats cheered
Calderon also called for a renewal of the so-called "assault weapons" ban. Again, Democrats gave him a standing ovation.
Contrary to what Calderon and the Democrats say, we should be thanking Arizona for defending us against terrorist threats along our southern border.
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