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Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

What a Week for Immigration Reform

Posted by Warren Peterson on May 21, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010: The State Department defended Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, who at a human rights conference in Washington, expressed his regret to the Chinese regarding the recent Arizona immigration law.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010: At a joint press briefing for the Presidents of Mexico and the United States at the White House, President Obama said, “We also discussed the new law in Arizona, which is a misdirected effort — a misdirected expression of frustration over our broken immigration system, and which has raised concerns in both our countries.”

In his remarks, Mexico President Felipe Calderon said, “In Mexico, we are and will continue being respectful of the internal policies of the United States and its legitimate right to establish in accordance to its Constitution whatever laws it approves. But we will retain our firm rejection to criminalize migration so that people that work and provide things to this nation will be treated as criminals. And we oppose firmly the S.B. 1070 Arizona law given in fair principles (sic) that are partial and discriminatory.”

Thursday, May 20, 2010: In a speech to a joint session of Congress, Calderon said, “I strongly disagree with the recently adopted 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.” This statement brought a standing ovation from the Democrats.

These words and actions are outrageous. No, they are (EXPLETIVE DELETED) OUTRAGEOUS! Have any of these Democrats cast an objective eye on the situation in Arizona? What part of “illegal” don’t they understand? Have they taken a junket to the Southwest and seen first hand the effects of illegal immigration – the financial burdens on the state and local governments for crime fighting, education, health and welfare plus the human suffering all caused by congressional inaction on controlling the boarders, providing work permits and other immigration reforms? Have they read the damn bill?

If these people are not tossed out of power next November, we will have passed the tipping point from a center-right nation to one of sheep sliding down a slippery slope to socialism. God help us.

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