Obama admin apologizes to China for AZ immigration law

Posted on May 17, 2010

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The United States and China met over the weekend for a 2-day round of talks meant to move the Chinese government toward improving its human rights record. The talks had no real result except for laying the groundwork for more talks to come – and the bombshell that the American delegation brought up the Arizona immigration law as an example of American human rights abuses. From the AP:

Posner said in addition to talks on freedom of religion and expression, labor rights and rule of law, officials also discussed Chinese complaints about problems with U.S. human rights, which have included crime, poverty, homelessness and racial discrimination.

He said U.S. officials did not whitewash the American record and in fact raised on its own a new immigration law in Arizona that requires police to ask about a person’s immigration status if there is suspicion the person is in the country illegally.

Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner was the leader of the delegation who sat patiently while the Chinese told us how awful we are, then helpfully pointed out something else that the Chinese can use as propaganda against us. I had thought the term “apology tour” was a little hyperbolic when discussing Obama’s foreign policy, but in this case it doesn’t go far enough.

First off, Arizona’s immigration law isn’t the embodiment of racist Nazi fascism, no matter how much demagogues from the left and administration officials who haven’t read it (including Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano) want you to believe. Only if you’re detained for another crime can the police question your immigration status – not for families going to get ice cream as the President so shamefully suggested.

There is absolutely no comparison between China’s record of abuses and a state law which really only seeks to enforce existing federal immigration law. China shoots dissidents, jails religious people, and rolls over students with tanks on global television. The Obama administration would like to put Arizona’s immigration enforcement efforts in this same league. It’s a disgusting piece of international politics designed to make your domestic opponents look bad.

People can disagree with the Arizona law. But you don’t go whining to one-party Communist states about it. This is a shameful moment in American foreign policy under President Obama. I’m sure nothing will be done about it, but projecting domestic disagreements on a global stage like this can do nothing but harm us.

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