Eric Holder Hasn’t Read SB 1070


Wow! What a shock, Attorney General Eric Holder hasn’t read Arizona’s SB 1070. Actually, this is not a shock at all. They don’t even read 2,000 page legislation that will take over a large portion of the economy and effect every citizen of the country, so why should they read a small bill out of Arizona?’

The Washington Times:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has been critical of Arizona’s new immigration law, said Thursday he hasn’t yet read the law and is going by what he’s read in newspapers or seen on television.

He’s going by what the newspapers and television say? The bill is not that long, its 18 pages, about one one hundredth the size of the health insurance bill. In other words, you don’t need two days and two lawyers to see what it all means, as John Conyers famously stated.

This weekend Mr. Holder told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program that the Arizona law “has the possibility of leading to racial profiling.” He had earlier called the law’s passage “unfortunate,” and questioned whether the law was unconstitutional because it tried to assume powers that may be reserved for the federal government.

Rep. Ted Poe, who had questioned Mr. Holder about the law, wondered how he could have those opinions if he hadn’t yet read the legislation.

“It’s hard for me to understand how you would have concerns about something being unconstitutional if you haven’t even read the law,” the Texas Republican told the attorney general.

The Arizona law’s backers argue that it doesn’t go beyond what federal law already allows, and they say press reports have distorted the legislation. They point to provisions in the law that specifically rule out racial profiling as proof that it can be implemented without conflicting with civil rights.

But critics said giving police the power to stop those they suspect are in the country illegally is bound to lead to profiling.

Mr. Holder said he expects the Justice and Homeland Security departments will finish their review of the Arizona law soon.

This is the most important part of this post, so make sure you don’t miss it. The media is to blame for the problem that we have here. The critics backers that they mention in the article are right. When it comes to what the law really says and what the critics of the law say it says, the media does a bad job of presenting the facts in a way that rebuts what the critics are saying, or just straightens out what they are saying.

For example: “But critics said giving police the power to stop those they suspect are in the country illegally is bound to lead to profiling.”

Do you not understand, Washington Times, that police cannot, I repeat cannot, stop someone because they suspect that they are in the country illegally? Please help me understand why the following sentence wasn’t a direct quote from the bill that shows that police are required to have what is called a “lawful” encounter with the police, reference Article 8, Section B in the first sentence of SB 1070. The police can only ask the immigration status of a person that has already broken the law, not just anybody walking down the street. And if anyone would just take the time to do some investigative reporting and read HB 2162 they would find out that there is a whole list of types of identification that will suffice in the event that a person gets pulled over, one of which is a regular old Arizona drivers license.

The media is in the back pocket of the left and they are not going to give you a fair summary, or even a legitimate and accurate report of what the law really says. They are all pandering to the left on this one because they are all afraid of offending someone, even at the expense of looking stupid, they will do anything to be politically correct. In order to be politically correct it almost always means that one has to be intellectually dishonest and factually wrong when presenting the “facts.”

Hat tip: Memeorandum

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