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May 17, 2010

In the 'You can't make this stuff up' department: Obama administration apologizes to China for Arizona

Topics: Police Brutality and Corruption

More often than not, the Obama administration actually outdoes itself in terms of outlandishness. Such is the case with the Obama Administration apologizing to China - a country that "forcibly hauls women into vans to forcibly perform abortions, sends people to gulags, kills dissidents, etc., etc." - for Arizona's new immigration law (h/t - Erick Erickson)

This is effing unbelievable:

The United States and China reported no major breakthroughs Friday after only their second round of talks about human rights since 2002.

The Obama administration wants to push Beijing to treat its citizens better, but it also needs Chinese support on Iranian and North Korean nuclear standoffs, climate change and other difficult issues. ...

[Assistant Secretary of State Michael] Posner said in addition to talks on freedom of religion and expression, labor rights and rule of law, officials also discussed Chinese complaints about problems with U.S. human rights, which have included crime, poverty, homelessness and racial discrimination.

He said U.S. officials did not whitewash the American record and in fact raised on its [sic] own a new immigration law in Arizona that requires police to ask about a person's immigration status if there is suspicion the person is in the country illegally.

As John over at Powerline aptly quips:
What an idiot! China murdered millions of its citizens who opposed the government's Communist policies and allows most of its people little or no freedom. We, on the other hand, enforce our immigration laws. No, wait--actually we don't. That's why Arizona had to take a shot at it. Oh, by the way, Michael Posner, you clueless moron--China actually does enforce its immigration laws.
Lets not forget, the administration hasn't even read the Arizona law of only 10 pages (which seriously calls into question that they read the 2000+ page Obamacare law). And contrary to the Obama administration incredibly stupid reaction and claims, the new Arizona immigration law is a reasonable, limited, carefully-crafted measure designed to help law enforcement deal with a serious problem in Arizona. As Byron York points out, Its authors anticipated criticism and went to great lengths to make sure it is constitutional and will hold up in court. It is the criticism of the law that is over the top, not the law itself.
The law requires police to check with federal authorities on a person's immigration status, if officers have stopped that person for some legitimate reason and come to suspect that he or she might be in the U.S. illegally. The heart of the law is this provision: "For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency ... where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person"
And somehow the moronic Obama administration thinks this is equivalent to China's human rights violations? Since when is requiring people who are breaking the law of the land - to stop breaking the law of the land, a violation of their human rights?

Posted by Richard at May 17, 2010 7:40 AM

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