President Obama has basically 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 the federal government refuses to enforce.
On Aug. 20, the United States, for the first time ever, submitted a 29-page "Universal Periodic Review" to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The review contained a laundry list of alleged human-rights abuses supposedly committed by the United States.
It's probably the most inflammatory document I have ever read about the United States. The administration has placed our country in the same grouping as Europe and Russia.
The full report can be reviewed at the U.N. website. Contained within that laundry list of so-called abuses is a direct condemnation of legislation enacted by the state of Arizona - and supported by two-thirds of the American people.
According to the report: "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 report is the first step in a U.N. review process that will culminate with the issuance of a plan of action, approximately 90 days from now, from a panel of U.N. bureaucrats.
Arizona is fighting back. Gov. Jan Brewer has penned a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday expressing her "concern and indignation" at the report.
"Apparently, the federal government is trying to make an international human rights case out of S.B. 1070 on the heels of already filing a federal court case against the state of Arizona," the governor wrote. "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."
I encourage everyone to write their congressional representatives and include her letter. It is at: http://janbrewer.com/uploads/08-27-10%20Letter%20to%20Secre tary%20Clinton.pdf.
Joe Wray, Bayfield