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You’ve got to wonder just what’s going on at the White House and its administration these days, as well as with the Democrats in Congress.
The administration continues to attack Arizona’s new illegal immigration law without actually reading it, apologizes to world leaders of communist countries for “human rights violations” in this country and then applauds leaders who stand in our own halls of Congress to denounce this great country.
And, to top it off, administration officials suggest they won’t enforce the federal illegal immigration laws that are on the books.
It’s been quite a week:
• State Department official Michael Posner, during discussions with a delegation from China on human rights, felt the need to bring up to that delegation Arizona’s recently passed illegal immigration law. Posner said the law was brought up “early and often” as “a troubling trend in our society and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination.” Is Posner serious? While talking with a country that has some of the most horrendous, documented human rights abuses this world has to offer, he decides to equate — and no, his comments weren’t taken out of context — the Arizona law to China’s atrocities. His comments were irresponsible, inappropriate and offensive. And that’s being kind.
• Mexican President Felipe Calderón made a trip to Washington D.C. and found the welcome mat rolled out by President Obama and Democrats in Congress as he chastised this country’s federal and state laws. In a joint session of Congress, no less, he took the opportunity to denounce the Arizona law and blame this country for all the guns in Mexico. Stated Calderón: “I strongly disagree with your recently adopted law in Arizona. It is a law that not only ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree, but also introduced a terrible idea: using racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement.” And the Democrats stood, and they cheered. Calderón trashes us, in our own country, and there were cheers in the halls of Congress. Unbelievable. I wonder if any of those Democrats who stood and applauded care to ask the Mexican president about his own country’s illegal immigration laws. Mexico’s laws make Arizona look like the home base for Welcome Wagon.
• And then there were the comments by John Morton, the assistant secretary of homeland security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Morton told a newspaper editorial board this week that his agency might not process illegal immigrants referred to them by authorities in Arizona. He said that the best way to reduce illegal immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach, not through state laws. Arizona probably agrees with that. The problem is the federal government refuses to enforce its own laws; as a consequence, one out of every 13 people living in Arizona is an illegal immigrant.
Arizona has had enough. And the fact is, a majority of the American people agree. Standing ovations or not, the Obama Administration is wrong on this issue and is embarrassing itself in the process.