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Help Block Obama's Lawsuit Against Arizona

by Ann Shibler

A very important and worthy amendment was just defeated  in the Senate by a 55-43 vote. Senators Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and David Vitter (R-La.) introduced an amendment designed to stop the Obama Administration’s lawsuit against the State of Arizona and its taxpayers for SB 1070, the immigration bill that was recently passed and goes into effect July 29.

DeMint understands the situation in Arizona: "States like Arizona shouldn't be prosecuted for protecting their citizens when the federal government fails to do so. The federal government is rewarding illegal behavior and encouraging many more to enter our nation illegally when they refuse to enforce our laws. States along the border are facing kidnappings, drug trafficking, human trafficking and gang violence and they have a duty to keep their residents safe."

And Vitter hit the nail on the head when he stated: "The state of Arizona is simply taking responsibility for a problem that the federal government has neglected for years, but Washington’s only response is to oppose these new enforcement efforts and take them to court.  The Obama administration should not use taxpayers' money to pay for these lawsuits that the American people overwhelmingly oppose."

Amendment #4464 would have prohibited President Obama, the Department of Justice, and other agencies from participating in lawsuits seeking to invalidate the Arizona law by defunding those efforts. DeMint sought to attach the amendment to legislation extending unemployment benefits, a measure that was certain to pass, but the amendment was rejected. The pertinent but simple part of the text reads:
No funds made available in any provision of law may be used to participate in any lawsuit that seeks to invalidate those provisions of the Arizona Revised Statutes amended by Arizona Senate Bill 1070, 49th Leg., 2nd. Reg. Sess., Ch. 113 (Az 6 2010) (as amended by Arizona House bill 2162, 49th 7 Leg., 2nd Reg. Sess, Ch. 211 (Az. 2010)).

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"The Citizens of the United States are now slaves working to support a bloated, overpaid, and inefficient Mandarin Government controlled by Neo-Communists from Chicago." — Errol Phillips

Robert J. MeadowsThe Case for Racial Profiling

by Robert J. Meadows

Arizona's new immigration law has pushed the issue of racial profiling to the forefront. Detaining someone based solely on race is ethically wrong and a potential civil rights violation. There is no argument about that. But profiling is not based on race alone. Behavior, dress, geography, age, sex and other factors are also considered.

Crime analysis units in police departments profile crimes based on a number of variables. The FBI profiles serial killers, most of whom are white males, and other violent offenders to aid in their investigations. Airport security officers use profiling. In the professional world, profiles are used, either subjectively or objectively, to meet employment objectives, admissions standards at schools and other goals.

One of the arguments against the new Arizona immigration law is that it will promote racial profiling. However, the law makes it clear that race is not the sole criteria for detaining someone.

The law states that a violation, such as a traffic offense, must occur before someone is detained. Yet, despite the wording of the law, opponents, including Attorney General Eric Holder, who admitted he had not read the law when he first denounced it, argue it will promote profiling.

Many are on a campaign to boycott anything to do with Arizona. Many politically correct naïve politicians pandering for votes are predicting that the law, which hasn't gone into effect yet, will somehow lead to mass discrimination by Gestapo-type Arizona cops. Maybe the popular North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park should be closed in protest, or possibly relocated to a more politically correct state.

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