Wednesday, May 19, 2010

President Obama and President Calderón's outrageous comments

I'm deeply upset by the news conference President Obama and Mexican President Calderón held today. Let's start with the most ludicrous comment by President Calderón.

"With such laws as the Arizona law that is placing our people to face discrimination," is the key phrase. No one is forcing citizens of Mexico to face discrimination. Firstly, Arizona's law does not put them at any greater risk of discrimination and secondly, they don't have to be here. As President Calderón so clearly stated, they're Mexico's people. They are entitled to the full rights and privileges that come with Mexican citizenship. They are not U.S. citizens. They are not entitled to the full rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship. If he is truly concerned for their welfare, he should order all of them to come back to Mexico, or at least ask politely, not seek to have U.S. policy (which is amazingly lax compared to Mexican immigration policy, even if we actually enforced it) changed to the benefit of his citizens and the detriment of ours.

U.S. citizenship is not a human right.

Now let's examine some of President Obama's infuriating comments.

The key phrase in this clip is, "In the 21st century we are defined not by our borders, but by our bonds." Actually, President Obama, a political state (commonly called a nation) is defined as a community of people or peoples living in a defined territory and organized under a single government. If your territory is not defined, or you don't bother to defend your territory through enforcement of your borders, you quickly cease to be a nation.

During his comments the President suggested the Arizona law might promote discrimination, and violate civil rights. Here's that clip. The key section is:
"My administration is taking a very close look at the Arizona law. We're examining any implications, especially for civil rights, because in the United States of America no law abiding person, be they an American citizen, a legal immigrant, or a visitor or tourist from Mexico should ever be subject to suspicion simply because of what they look like."
The more I hear Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and President Barack Obama malign Arizona's law while claiming not to have read it, the more disgusted I become. Of course they've read it. It's 17 pages long. They're claiming not to have read it so they can lie about it, because if they admit to having read it there's no way they could make the outrageous statements they continue to make.

Anyone who reads the law should be angered by the blatant lies that keep spilling from the President's supposedly ignorant lips. The full text with all revisions, may be found here.

Notice a key phrase that is repeated multiple times in the law:
"A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution."
The fact is, the law doesn't permit any officer to act based on race, color or national origin.
"For any lawful stop, detention or arrest made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of this state or a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance of a county, city or town or this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien and is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person, except if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation."
The officer must make lawful contact with a suspect. If during the course of that lawful contact suspicion is raised as to the suspect's legal status in the country, then the officer is required to determine that status.

Arizona's law consistently refers to Federal law. In fact, it's essentially just a directive that local law enforcement act on Federal law, which they have the well-established right to do.

It's time for the administration to stop lying and decide whether they stand for or against the enforcement of our laws.

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