Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pres BO rather confused about "racial profiling"

During the Sunday Univision interview, Pres BO said this:

""We now have a Republican nominee who said that the Arizona laws are a model for the country, that -- and these are laws that potentially would allow someone to be stopped and picked up and asked where their citizenship papers are based on an assumption," President Obama said in an interview with Univision that aired over the weekend.

"Racial profiling?" Univision reporter Enrique Acevedo asked.


"Very troublesome. And this is something that the Republican nominee has said should be a model for the country," Obama said." 
(RCP)

We were a bit surprised to hear this because it conflicts with reality.

First, Gov Romney has simply stated that immigration laws should be respected, a rather modest idea in a nation invested in "the rule of law".

On the other hand, what is Pres BO proposing?  What has he proposed beyond slogans, speeches or cliches?  What has he sent to Congress beyond the annual "Cinco de Mayo" speech or that silly visit to El Paso last year?

Second, I'm surprised that Mr Acevedo of Univision did not ask this:

"President Obama....if you are so concerned about racial profiling....then why didn't your Justice Department actually say "racial profiling" in your lawsuit of the summer of 2010"?

We recall reading the following from Jack Tapper of ABC News:

"As widely anticipated, Attorney General Eric Holder today filed a lawsuit against Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer over the state’s immigration law. The suit seeks a preliminary injunction to stop the law from being implemented.
The court filing states that Arizona law is pre-empted by federal law and therefore violates the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The filing makes no assertion that the law is discriminatory or risks being applied in a discriminatory fashion, as the president and other officials said they feared would be the case. Interestingly, this suit makes no civil rights charges against the Arizona law.
You can read the complaint HERE and the preliminary injunction brief HERE."

Let me repeat:  The lawsuit "....makes no civil rights charges against the Arizona law."

Let's refresh our memory:  The main point of the lawsuit against the Arizona was the idea that immigration is a federal rather than a state matter.

I agree that immigration is a federal matter, unless the federal government is incapable of enforcing current laws or your state is flooded by criminals carrying AK-47's. 

It is very troubling to see Pres BO intentionally "scare Hispanics" by raising the "racial profiling" issue.  

Why didn't the Obama administration say that the Arizona law had the potential for "racial profiling" when they filed the brief in the courts?

The answer is simple:  There is no "racial profiling" allowed under the Arizona law.  The text was revised to ensure that no one would be stopped solely on the basis of appearance.

Racial profiling?  NOT ALLOWED UNDER THE ARIZONA LAW.

Desperate presidential candidate trying to scare Hispanics?  YES.

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