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Friday, May 14, 2010

The Amazing Eric Holder

Eric Holder is one amazing guy, isn't he?

After all, how many other AG's could so savage Arizona's recent law regarding illegal aliens without having actually read the law?

Holder has been captured on video commenting in a faux-pompous, knowing manner, despite admitting, later, that he hasn't even read Arizona's new law.

It's not hard to find the actual text of the Arizona law online. And the text clearly indicates that the law may only be applied in the context of an otherwise-normal stop by a law enforcement officer,

"B. For any lawful stop, detention or arrest made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of this state or a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance of a county, city or town or this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien and is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person, except if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation. Any person who is arrested shall have the person’s immigration status determined before the person is released. The person’s immigration status shall be verified with the federal government pursuant to 8 United States code section 1373(c). A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution. A person is presumed to not be an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States if the person provides to the law enforcement officer or agency any of the following:...."

Of course, it's entirely believable that Holder could have had one of his staff secure a copy of the law directly from the Arizona governor's or AG's office.

Even a cursory reading of the online text I found shows that part of the bill which has gained the most attention is only a long paragraph. The rest of the text can be skimmed fairly quickly by anyone with decent reading comprehension skills and education, both of which it is reasonable to assume Holder possesses.

It's not as if Holder even explained that, while he didn't have the time to personally read the entire bill, an aide did and highlighted, for his attention, the key passages in the law.

No, Holder simply went on his apparent guess as to what the law says, rather than reading it.

For that matter, it would appear the governor of Arizona's neighbor, California, did the same. He recently addressed a commencement event with a joke about rescinding an invitation to address an Arizona commencement ceremony, for fear of being arrested and deported by local authorities.

I guess Arnold was planning to commit some illegal acts while in Arizona, thus attracting the attention of law enforcement officials.

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