Madly turning the radio dial as I drove through the wild cow country (not wild cows, wild and cow country) of far northern California where radio reception is not always good I was astounded to hear loud and clear the self-identified Christian radio station urging its listeners not to find Jesus (that came later) but to sign a petition demanding President Obama take back the awful things he reported to the UN about Arizona.
The speaker claimed that the president had reported human rights violations committed by Arizona to the world body. This being in connection with that state’s recent immigration law, known as SB 1070.
I mean my ears perked up. I didn’t think our president should go running to the UN to bad mouth a state of the United States. I also wondered why I had not heard of this. I try to follow the news — well not try, I do, follow the news, that is.
Finally, late in the day, after I got home and after I did my house chores and other errands, I turned to the trusty internet. I had really missed out on this story.
But if you did too, here is is folks, the best that I could find:
The Obama Administration recently submitted a routine report to a UN human rights panel, being that the U.S. is a major member of the world body.
As far as I could see (and from what others have noted) there is no report of Arizona actually committing human rights violations. That state’s new immigration law is mentioned. And it is said that the administration’s position is that immigration is the purview of the federal government and that the law has been challenged in court (a court action between levels of government is how we sort out who has charge of what in this instance). It also contends that the immigration system in the U.S. needs to be reformed and that the administration is working with congress toward that goal. And it asserts that continued immigration is important to the well being of the United States. It does mention that the administration is taking steps to ensure there is no racial profiling in its immigration policies.
What the report does say about Arizona directly is this:
“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. The action is ongoing; parts of the law are currently enjoined.”
All that is on page 23 of the report. Read the whole thing for yourself at: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/146379.pdf
I will say, though, that the Obama administration certainly implies that something is wrong in Arizona. But I don’t see the direct accusation of wrongdoing. It’s just a description of the current situation in human rights and what the administration’s position and what it claims it is doing.
Now personally, I have little regard for the United Nations, although I suppose it has some value that I do not understand or do not give it credit for. From my viewpoint the UN is primarily a vehicle for nations to vent against the Unites States and handy thing for the U.S. to have when it needs the UN flag to use for cover in some controversial military actions, such as when George W. Bush moved to enforce UN sanctions against Iraq even through the body itself had not voted to.
But I find it curious that so-called Christian radio embellishes something and strays from religion into pure politics. I hope this station was not masquerading as a non-profit, tax exempt religious venture. It sounded like a mouthpiece for the far right (or far-out right) political establishment.
I seriously do not know if Obama is a secret Muslim, but listening to many on the far right and on the religious stations you get the impression they believe it or at least they want you to (Muslim to them being synonymous with terrorist), and in their effort to vilify Obama they call him a socialist or a communist (or a Democrat — to them that‘s bad enough.).
I still can’t figure out this: if it is true that Arizona is only attempting to enforce and comply with existing federal immigration law, which the supporters of SB 1070 claimed, then why the law was needed in the first place.
Until we quit sending mixed signals on immigration — come here and do jobs we can’t get anyone else to do for the wages we are willing to pay/ don’t enter our country illegally — we will have an immigration problem.