There’s a theory going around that the reason so many officials in the Obama administration have attacked the Arizona immigration law and then claimed to have not read it is so that they can score the political points and then, when shown to be wrong about it, they can say, “well, I didn’t know that!” But what the excuse of the religious left is, I don’t know.
Last Thursday, an “emergency delegation” of religious lefties sat down with Arizona senators John McCain and John Kyl, and, if the report at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society is to be believed, made complete fools of themselves:
The religious leaders said they are on the front lines of the immigration debate, as their state enacted Arizona SB-1070. They called the bill “extreme” and said it is “likely to lead to increased discrimination and racial profiling.”
Which the bill specifically prohibits. Does that mean there will be none? Of course not, any more than outlawing murder means that homicide is no longer a problem. But that’s what police internal affairs units are for.
They also charged that the measure penalizes families and faith communities already living in fear. “Members of the faith communities are gravely concerned about the bill’s provisions that allow police to demand ‘proof of citizenship’ from anyone on the street,” explained Bill Mefford, director of Civil & Human Rights at the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society who accompanied the delegation on its visits.
No, they can’t. They can only ask for that if there is already reasonable suspicion that another crime is taking place.
“They emphasized that Arizona needs law enforcement to arrest people based on criminal behavior, not forgetting your wallet at home or ‘looking’ like you might be an undocumented immigrant.”
Federal law already requires that all resident aliens carry proof of status on them at all times–has since FDR. And the idea that police will arrest people for “looking like you might be an undocumented immigrant” is grossly insulting to all law enforcement officials. But I guess if you’ve drunk the Kool-Aid that makes you think anyone in a uniform is a member of the SS, then I suppose you’d think that a reasonable thing to say.
But let’s get real here. His concern is not that documented aliens are going to get hassled for not having their papers. No one wants to see that happen, and if it does it will be easily sorted out. What he’s really concerned about is those who are here illegally being caught, which is another way of saying that he doesn’t want federal immigration law enforced either. What he and his colleagues want is open borders, but they know that’s a political loser, so instead they take this tack and think they can get what they want via the back door.
The Arizona law, which gives law enforcement officials the right to stop individuals for suspicion as to whether they are in the country as undocumented workers amounts to nothing more than racial profiling, according to [Methodist] Bishop [Minerva] Carcaño.
No, it doesn’t give them that right. At this point, if I’d been McCain or Kyl, I’d have had to ask if any of the “emergency delegation” had actually read the law, or could comprehend English, or if they were more interested in scoring political points for their ultimate goal of open borders. Or if perhaps they were subscribers to the theory that if you tell a lie enough times and with enough fervor, it magically becomes true.