It was no surprise that Attorney General Eric Holder filed an action to vacate SB 1070, the Arizona law requiring law enforcement officers to detain and question persons they believe might be illegal aliens.
And it was no surprise that the usual suspects sank to the occasion to criticize the Obama Administration’s action as further usurping state’s rights in the absence of a Federal action merited by the flood of illegals in the country, especially in the Southwest and California.
Capitol Hill critics can easily find the true villains of this issue..if they look in the mirror.
It is absolutely unconscionable that an immigration reform bill has not emerged from the House and Senate. Lord knows they have debated and debated this issue for years. The result of all this is a craven collapse of courage and responsibility, both of which have been shown in rare instances in the past decade.
Arizona’s Sen. John McCain’s abandonment of principle in the face of a tea party revolt is probably the worst case of political cowardice, although Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, who ordinarily is a refreshing breath of sense in the Senate, has sold out as well on immigration reform.
The President’s American University speech on immigration reform was artfully presented, but a little short on specifics. He should have singled out the Republican senators by name who changed their minds since the Bush years. And he should have readied a compromise bill similar to the one abandoned this election year.
Oh, how we miss Teddy.
The political columnist for the Arizona Republic, E.J. Montini, really put it right when he wrote, “So far, the only people benefiting from the hoopla over the law are the political candidates who are stumbling over themselves in order to look tough on immigration and border security. Already members of Arizona’s (Congressional) delegation are rushing out statements, most of which condemn the very institution–Congress–where they work. And we’re supposed to reelect them?”
“So what we have are people who have done nothing arguing over lawsuits that do nothing concerning a law that, so far, has done….nothing.”
Meanwhile, Arizona law enforcement agencies have been given a training video that is supposed to address racial profiling but actually is a blueprint for profiling.
The criteria includes factors to be considered in stopping a suspect such as “dress,” “traveling in tandem,” and “significant difficulty communicating in English.”
Members of Congress should walk around Adams-Morgan, a mile from the Capitol, and see how hard it would be to enforce this punitive law that might be adopted elsewhere if the Congress doesn’t act.