Obama Hauls Arizona Before the UN
Human Rights Council
Ben Johnson, Floyd Reports
Apparently Barack Obama is not content
to make a federal case out of his immigration feud with Arizona; he just
made it an international one.
The president’s first-ever report on U.S. human rights to the UN Human
Rights Council contains a rich vein of offensive material. So far, one
aspect has not been reported: our petty president used the situation to
bash Arizona’s immigration law — and possibly transfer jurisdiction over
the law from Arizona to the UN. Throughout the report, which sounds like
an Obama campaign speech, the president discusses “the original flaw” of
the U.S. Constitution, America’s tolerance for slavery, and his version
of our long and despicable history of discriminating against and
oppressing minorities, women, homosexuals, and the handicapped. After
each complaint, he addresses how he is delivering us from ourselves,
patting himself on the back for such initiatives as ending “torture,”
promoting Affirmative Action, and passing health care legislation.
In his section on “Values and
Immigration,” he praised the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts
to provide better medical care for detainees and increase “Alternatives
To Detention” (e.g., letting them go). Then he turned to the one state
that has had the temerity to stand in his way of fundamentally
transforming the American electorate:
A recent Arizona law, S.B. 1070, has
generated significant attention and debate at home and around the world.
The issue is being addressed in a court action that argues that the
federal government has the authority to set and enforce immigration law.
That action is ongoing; parts of the law are currently enjoined. On
Obama’s command, Attorney General Eric Holder has sued the State of
Arizona for passing a law that he criticized without reading, and which
merely upholds federal law. (He gave sanctuary cities a pass.) He now
threatens an additional lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio for “racial
profiling” when arresting illegal immigrants near the Mexican border.
Obama’s turns his skirmish with Jan
Brewer from a states rights dispute into an international human rights
cause. It also places Arizona’s law in the hands of the United Nations.
The national report is but the first
step of the international government’s review process. On November 5,
the United States will be examined by a troika of UN bureaucrats from
France, Japan, and Cameroon (an oppressive nation which is a member of
the Organization of Islamic Conference). This trio will consider
three items: Obama’s self-flagellating report,
reports written about America by UN tribunals or international governing
bodies, and testimony from NGOs with a pronounced anti-American bias. It
will also consider “voluntary pledges and commitments made by the
State,” such as suspending an Arizona state law.
Then the French, Japanese, and
Cameroon diplomats will draw up a plan of action for the United States
Nations are re-examined every four
years. The Human Rights Council looks for voluntary compliance. However,
its website asserts, “The Human Rights Council will decide on the
measures it would need to take in case of persistent non-cooperation by
a State with the” World Body.
When the Left cannot win at the ballot
box (virtually every time), it overrules the people in the courts. Now
that Obama is not sure he can prevail in the courts, he has overruled
the American people by hauling Arizona and the two-thirds of Americans
who support its law before the United Nations.
Barack Obama Gave the United
Nations jurisdiction to go after the State of Arizona
Barack Obama has just given the United
Nations jurisdiction to go after the State of Arizona and the 22 other
states that are attempting to enforce the immigration laws that he
refuses to enforce.
Unfortunately, you read that right. On
August 20, the United States, for the first time ever, submitted a 29
page "Universal Periodic Review" (UPR) to the UN Human Rights Council
which outlines a laundry list of alleged human rights abuses supposedly
committed by the United States.
Of course, the UPR is pure rubbish,
but it's also much more than an opportunity for Barack Hussein Obama,
the Apologist-In-Chief, to bad-mouth America to the rest of the world.
Contained within that laundry list of so-called abuses is a direct
condemnation of S.B. 1070, legislation enacted by the State of Arizona
(and supported by two-thirds of the American people), which seeks to do
the job that the federal government has refused to do... secure the
According to the UPR: "A recent
Arizona law, S.B. 1070, has generated significant attention and debate
at home and around the world. The issue is being addressed in a court
action that argues that the federal government has the authority to set
and enforce immigration law. That action is ongoing; parts of the law
are currently enjoined."
The submission of this UPR is the
first step in a United Nations review process which will culminate with
the issuance of a plan of action, approximately 90 days from now, from a
panel of UN bureaucrats from France, Japan, and Cameroon.
And yes... the United States would be
expected to "voluntarily" comply with the UN panel's recommendations,
but as the UN Human Rights Council states on its website: "The Human
Rights Council will decide on the measures it would need to take in case
of persistent non-cooperation by a State...."
In short, Barack Obama has upped the
ante. Not content with simply filing a frivolous federal suit against
the people of Arizona, Obama has transformed his amnesty feud with the
American people into an international human rights cause and effectively
placed the people of Arizona (and the 22 other states that are
considering similar border security legislation) under the jurisdiction
of a triumvirate of America-hating United Nations bureaucrats
Forwarded news story:
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
demanded Friday that a reference to the state's controversial
immigration law be removed from a State Department report to the United
Nations' human rights commissioner.
The U.S. included its legal challenge
to the law on a list of ways the federal government is protecting human
In a letter to Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, Brewer says it is "downright offensive" that a state
law would be included in the report, which was drafted as part of a UN
review of human rights in all member nations every four years.
"The idea of our own American
government submitting the duly enacted laws of a state of the United
States to 'review' by the United Nations is internationalism run amok
and unconstitutional," Brewer wrote.
Arizona's law generally requires
police officer enforcing other laws to investigate the immigration
status of people they suspect are illegal immigrants.
Critics say it would lead officers to
target Hispanics. Supporters, including Brewer, say the law prohibits
racial profiling and other human rights abuses.
The U.S. Justice Department sued to
block the measure, arguing federal law trumps the state's authority to
enforce immigration laws.
A federal judge in July sided with the
Justice Department and blocked enforcement of the law's most
controversial provisions a day before it was scheduled to take effect.
In its report, the State Department
does not specifically allege that Arizona's law would lead to racial
"A recent Arizona law, S.B. 1070, has
generated significant attention and debate at home and around the
world," the report says. "The issue is being addressed in a court action
that argues that the federal government has the authority to set and
enforce immigration law. That action is ongoing; parts of the law are
A State Department spokesman had no
immediate comment on Brewer's letter.
Brewer, a Republican, is running for
election in November. Her popularity in Arizona and her national profile
have soared since she signed the immigration measure in April.