Skip to comments.Brewer to State Department: Remove Reference to Arizona Law from U.N. Report
Posted on 08/30/2010 9:38:02 AM PDT by yoe
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 rights.
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 profiling.
"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 currently enjoined."
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We shouldn’t even be submitting a report. I believe this is the first time we have. What a circus: The USA defending its “human rights” record to the likes of Iran, Cuba, etc.
This is not the first time the US has “submitted” stuff to the UN for “approval”; won’t be the last either. Kiss this country goodbye, folks....
I do believe that this will effectively end Hillary’s political career.
I’d approach the Governors Association with this, and see what the States will do about it. The State Department is part of the Fed, which operates at the will of the States.
If the Governors Association isn’t going to get involved, then it’s time to create involvement by the States otherwise.
This is an unusual, and quite dangerous Executive, and Legislative Administration we have today that requires an unusual, and aggressive response from the States that are the ones ultimately responsible for the integrity of this Union.
How’s that Hope and Change working out?
Negative......I will never give up on my country. Never in a million years. If we stand together and don’t give up, no one can take this country away from us. I think those that want us to lose will start promoting this idea more and more in the hopes that we will give up.
The states would have had a lot more leverage over the Federal government if they hadn’t short-sightedly passed the 16th Amendment, allowing Congress to levy an income tax without apportioning it among the states.
Obama, Hillary, and State Department. The three most prominent anti-Americans in the US. I cannot wait until the voters get their chance to right all this administration’s wrongs.
And what have McCain and Kyl had to say on this matter? They were so eager to be seen with Governor Brewer, and to associate themselves with Arizona S. B. 1070 prior to August 24th, so shouldn’t we be hearing from them on this? The governor’s entirely correct to register her complaints.
When a Free, and wants to remain Free Nation is up against Lefties at the control of a bulldozer that Nation doesn’t fight back with urine, but gets behind the controls of a larger, and more powerful bulldozer.
You are saying what?
This isn’t a pissing contest, it’s a fight for our lives.
Hillary needs to add Holder’s Department of Justice to the list of Human Rights violators.
That may have been true before the 17th amendment where the state governments could choose senators who would respect states' rights. Now the only real power the states can exercise over the federal government is the power to call a Constitutional convention with the aim to reconfigure or even dissolve the current federal government just as they did in 1787 with their "few modifications" to the Articles of Confederation. That isn't merely playing with fire, it is juggling nitroglycerin.
Stand tall, Governor Brewer. A grateful nation looks to you for this kind of leadership.
I pray you are right! She is left of Lenin and Obama is left of everyone...he makes Carl Marx look like a gentle old Sunday School teacher.
What about each state passing some kind of recall mechanism? That way they could recall senators who do not stand up for their states.
It would probably be ruled unconstitutional like state term limits on their U.S. senators and representatives.
I agree we need to fight back against an out-of-control Federal government, unfortunately the States gave up some powers that would have been very effective for such a battle, making the fight much more difficult today.
"Liberals" adamantly reject the idea that the federal government is a creature subservient to the states, but there is a way in which the states could assert ultimate control. All it takes is a simple majority in 3/4 (38) of the states to pass an amendment to the Constitution - and it only takes (a simple majority in) 2/3 (34) of the states to call a constitutional convention. The mere act of calling a convention would be a shot across the bow of "liberal" politics; actually passing an amendment could set "liberalism" back 100 years.
The states could, for instance, constitutionally fix the number for the justices of SCOTUS (which is currently subject to a mere act of Congress). Fixing that number at its current value of 9 should be utterly unexceptionable, and therefore should be easy to pass.
Add to that a separate amendment which automatically added one justice every to SCOTUS every four years, provided that the winning POTUS had nominated said justice before winning election and provided that the states make room on the nine-member court by voting an existing member of SCOTUS "off the island." That would have to be done by a quadrennial convention of the states, but the key would be to do it by the state governments, rather than by the people of the states (as senators are now elected). That would be good in principle, because the Senate no longer represents the state governments, but the people of the states. By passing that amendment, the states would take upon themselves the oversight of SCOTUS - and thus, we can hope, enforce the Ninth and Tenth Amendments against Congress and the President.If 38 states were really serious about it, they could pass an amendment naming names of the justices of SCOTUS - thereby directly asserting control over the composition of SCOTUS.
Thank you for your positive response. This is what I am talking about. FIND a means. Think, Think, Think about the facts, and manipulate them a thousand ways on paper until we have a road map. Make positive steps towards achieving our goals.
Most of what the Left is doing over the years has involved bluff. Now they have Bluffed their way, bought their way, into control, but it isn’t over yet.
As I said in another post to another poster on this thread we have to have a bigger, more powerful bulldozer than the one they have.
There’s been too much hand wringing, and “I/we can’ting” going on around here. Those changes that were made by Leftists since Wilson’s time primarily can be turned around, and shoved up...never mind.
Arizona can create a stand off too. Make the Left expose themselves so openly that even the bought and paid for Leftist MSM cannot cover for them anymore.
We must think of simple means as well as more difficult strategies, as well outrageous acts if necessary to get the attention to politics of the daily doers that tune out their responsibility not only to their country, but themselves as well. They will later thank those that yanked their leash.
Thank you.I think the example of the constitutional convention bypass of the congressional supermajority requirement for constitutional amendments makes the point that it for Tea Party activism aimed at the state capitols could be very fruitful. We have to recognize that Soros has taken that approach, trying to lock in all the secretaries of state to help him keep the voters from interfering with his schemes.
IMHO the great problem has been that all the interest has been focused on the federal government. We have followed the lead of Associated Press journalism in that regard as in so much else. As long as the federal government insists on being our main problem, that is perhaps inevitable. But if we conceive that our main potential venue for addressing that problem is actually the state governments, perhaps we can make the connection and be able to mount political drives to get the states to stand on their hind legs and protect their citizenry even from Congress. Can we get effective at that level? I know myself, that I have never been especially interested in local politics. But in principle the Internet should be just the ticket for publishing local news.
On reflection, the problem is to mount Tea Party candidates at the state level. People who are able to "take out the garbage" locally as well as to understand, and sell, the big picture of true federalism.
See what is happening at the local level here in Louisiana at this very moment. I’ve inserted my little blog into the big fat middle of it and will be helping things along.
This can be done all across the nation.
great job getting into the middle of it!!
UN Watch has some great info too at www.unwatch.com
And www.tellittothejudge.us has a THANK YOU postcard to Jan Brewer too.