Arizona Governor Needlessly Freaks Out Over Human Rights Report To U.N.
An obscure U.N. human rights report has become the latest political outrage of the day in the battle over Arizona's controversial immigration law.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has sent a strongly worded letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over a human rights report to the United Nations that makes reference to Arizona’s controversial immigration law:
PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is demanding that a reference to the state’s controversial immigration law be removed from a State Department report on human rights.
The United States lists its legal challenge to Arizona’s immigration enforcement measure on a list of ways the government is protecting human rights. It’s part of a report to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights.
In a letter Friday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Brewer says it is “downright offensive” that a state law would be included in the report.
So what’s this all about ?
Last week, the United States submitted to the U.N. High Commissoner On Human Rights it’s Report Of The United States as required by our commitments under the U.N. human rights treaties to which we are a signatory. That report, which runs nearly 30 pages and covers a variety of areas, includes one single reference to the Arizona law:
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.
That’s all. No condemnation of the law per se, merely a simple statement of the facts of the law, the controversy that erupted, and the present status of the lawsuit that the Federal Government filed against the State of Arizona arguing that the law is unconstitutional.
From this, however, Brewer somehow derives this:
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 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.
As one writer notes, though, Brewer is simply misguided in her rant about the UN report:
It’s just a report and an accurate one. The federal government did step in to protect human rights. The rights of all the citizens of Arizona not to be harassed based on their ethnicity. There is a big problem with illegal immigration in the US, but pulling someone over for speeding and then, only because they look Hispanic, demanding that they prove their citizenship is harassment and unconstitutional.
Most importantly, though, whether the law is in fact unconstitutional is a matter that will be decided by the U.S. Courts, not by a United Nations commission. The idea that this report is some surrender of soverignty to the U.N. is, quite simply, absurd.