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  • Arizona vs. United States & United Nations?

    Last week, we noted that the U.S. State Department had submitted its “Report of the United States of America” to the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights. This report was compiled as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) organized by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The U.S. report is revealing of the Obama Administration’s dissatisfaction with parts of America’s record on human rights. Steven Groves and Brett Schaefer have outlined basic flaws in the UPR process including the poor human rights records of the HRC’s members.

    Arizona Governor Janice Brewer has also noticed objectionable information in the U.S. report – namely, that the U.S. State Department included Arizona’s recent immigration law (S.B. 1070) in the report as an example of a human rights “issue” that is “being addressed” by the federal government through court action.

    Governor Brewer has written a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which Brewer expresses her “concern and indignation” at the “offensive” and “hypocritical” treatment of Arizona in the U.S. UPR report:

    The purpose of this letter is [to] express my concern and indignation to you about the “Universal Periodic Review” report (“Report”) submitted on August 20, 2010, by the United States Department of State to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The State Department describes the Report as a “partial snapshot of the current human rights situation in the United States, including some of the areas where problems persist in our society.” In particular, I am protesting the inclusion of Paragraph 95 of the Report that highlights Arizona’s recently enacted immigration laws and asking that you amend the Report to remove it.

    Simply put, it is downright offensive that the U.S. State Department included the State of Arizona and S.B. 1070 in a report to the United Nations Council on Human Rights, whose members include such renowned human rights “champions” as Cuba and Libya. 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. Human rights as guaranteed by the United States and Arizona Constitutions are expressly protected in S.B. 1070 and defended vigorously by my Administration. In fact, the Department of Justice has correctly not included these so-called “human rights” issues in the current litigation against the State of Arizona.

    Furthermore, it is hypocritical for the State Department to include S.B. 1070 in the Report, while taking credit for the “sophistication and breadth of [the United States’] anti-trafficking efforts” in Paragraph 99 of the Report. The federal government’s failure to secure the entire border has resulted in life-and-death consequences. The flow of illegal immigrant trafficking to a large degree across the harsh Arizona desert is a result of the federal policy to secure the border in San Diego and El Paso and leave the Tucson (Arizona) Sector less secured. For example, this federal policy has resulted in the deaths of untold numbers of illegal immigrants – 170 bodies found in the desert so far this year according to the Pima County (Arizona) Medical Examiner. And this does not include the kidnappings and other acts of violence many times associated with illegal immigrant trafficking. Moreover, the Obama Administration has stated that its official policy is to not enforce major portions of our federal immigration laws, which encourages only more illegal immigration. If the federal government secured the entire border and enforced our immigration laws, these human rights problems would not be occurring for citizens, legal residents and illegal immigrants.

    I understand that the next step is for the Report to be reviewed by some members of the United Nations Human Rights Council later this year. I again respectfully request that you amend the Report to remove Paragraph 95 relating to the State of Arizona and S.B. 1070. If you choose not to do so, the State of Arizona will monitor the proceedings and assert any rights it has in this process. Be assured that the State of Arizona will fight any attempt by the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations to interfere with the duly enacted laws of the State of Arizona in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.

    In closing, I encourage the State Department to compare the immigration laws and records of any United Nations Human Rights Council member commenting on S.B. 1070 in this process to those of the United States and then publish that comparison. I am confident that the generous immigration tradition of the United States and Arizona will win in any such comparison.

    Governor Brewer is correct to vigorously protect the integrity of her state’s laws and the safety of its citizens within the United States’ federal system of government. Sadly, the State Department now views such actions as worthy of international criticism. Arizona’s S.B. 1070 is in fact very similar to the types of immigration enforcement practiced around the country and is hardly worthy of being singled out as discriminatory. Increasingly, however, it appears that objections against Arizona’s immigration law are part of a larger campaign against immigration enforcement all together. How ironic that a state governor is arguing the merits of federal border enforcement while being criticized by the Obama administration before an international audience. What ever happened to E Pluribus Unum?

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    31 Responses to Arizona vs. United States & United Nations?

    1. Judy in Norfolk, VA says:

      Mexicans dont die in the heat for nothing! Im not a Hitlary fan, but Human Rights is more important to me than keeping all these people from finding a place to call home! The FEDS are the reason for the this Drug War! Legalize marihuana and it will quit being dangerous to move! Yes, it sucks whats going on! Find a better solution, like finding these people help! Help these people build Earthships and Earthdomes! Be a Compassionate People and assist in finding solutions that help ALL! PeaceLove

    2. steven texas says:

      Obama and Clinton are starting a civil war.They are arrogant bullies whose time has come

    3. Ryan, New Jersey says:

      Arizona, please do not ever back down. The fact that our OWN GOVERNMENT has decided to bring a state of the union backing a pre-approved law to the united nations as an 'issue' is an absolute disgrace. I live in a liberal state and i've nothing but hate towards the massive problems their liberalism has caused us in the form of taxes and overburdened government jobs. Do not ever give in to their bullying.

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    5. Long Island, New Yor says:

      The fact that this Obama administration did not make any objection to this UN report is dispicable, and leaving Arizona to stand alone is treasonous to the Republic. Arizona is doing the job our federal government does not want to do even though it is the law of the land.

      Our great black hope has been a meserible failure both here and abroad. Protect our borders and enforce the law.

      And the UN is just a failed experiment.

    6. Carol, AZ says:

      It would be kind to say, that HIliary Clinton is suffering from,


      We all know the antidote for that affection.

      POTUS and his followers are changing history;

      Deceitfulness, incompetence corruption and certainly jeopardizing all of America's National Securtiy,

      FYI: Tonight reported on National Geo a special will air called ,"Border Wars " @ 9:00 pm. It is excellent.

      I support wholeheartedly the movement already started by Balwin and others for a call for impeachment.

      It has been discussed on CNN if you think otherwise.

      Support AZ

      Support Americans for job re-employment

      NO AMNESTY! Stop this madness and take back America for Americans,

    7. CW, Conyers, Georgia says:

      If my State government (Georgia) doesn't have the guts to stand with Arizona. I'm sure most PEOPLE in Georgia will. Stay strong Arizona.

    8. Tom Janoski, Colorad says:

      What's next? Will states' seat belt laws, traffic cameras, the use of handcuffs when apprehending/transportating criminals, etc., be brought to the UN for review? I trust that the upcoming elections will produce some real leaders with an abundance of courage–such as that of Gov. Brewer in Arizona!

    9. Sue Tarley Newport K says:

      How dare Hillary Clinton take a domestic situation (Arizonas Law) to The United Nations??? For someone who wished to be preisdent of the country this woman does not understand our constitution, or she willfully disregards the constitution, as it seems The Democrats are doing.It is about time that we take our schools back from the 60's hippies who are now prevalent in teachig in our Universities and Colleges.

      American parents, take back our schools at grassroots level. Hire school board members that you know share your principles. We have to start somewhere.

    10. Ken Hughey says:

      Obama and his entire administration has been one big embarrassment to our country. The accumulative misdeeds by his administration now amounts to treason against the people of the United States of America. We (America) should bring formal charges against this crowd and punish them to the fullest extent of the law. Also, Hillary's hubby embarrassed us with his sexual misconduct but was never reported to the U.N. Now Hillary has also become a sex object with her prostitution of her job responsibilities. I'm happy that she has now totally erased any chance of a political future with her most recent screwup. May Almighty God bless us (America) with a whole new government that will restore the integrity of the land.

    11. Kyl, MN says:

      It is despicable what Hellary Clinton has done. America HAS to get rid of this administration NOW!!!!!!!

    12. Kyl, Rochester, MN says:

      It is despicable what Hellary Clinton is attempting to do. We MUST get rid of this administration NOW.

    13. Kyl, 1209 - 11TH Ave says:

      It is despicable what Hellary Clinton is attempting to do. We must get rid of this corrupt administration NOW.

    14. Bob Kyl, 1209 - 11TH says:

      What Hellary Clinton is attempting to do is despicable. We MUST get rid of this corrupt administration NOW.

    15. Bob Kyl, 1209 - 11TH says:

      It is despicable what Hellary Clinton is attempting to do. We must get rid of this corrupt administration.

    16. Jo says:

      Stay in there Arizona. The Federal Govt is doing everything they can to intimidate you before the November court date in front of the 9th Circuit Court. They are really showing what a low class administration they are. They are jokes. To declare a civil war against one of our own states because they are doing what the feds refuse, not will not, but refuse to do — which is enforce the federal law on illegal immigrants, is deplorable. Obama, Holder and the whole group needs to be impeached or thrown out in 2012. They will do anything to protect the brown skinned ones legal or not. I only wish we could get them out sooner. But the sooner the better for this country. When our govt refuses to enforce its laws it's time to change the administration and this one sucks! Hang in there AZ. You are a model to follow for other states and more will follow in your footsteps. Most Americans are behind you 100 percent. Don't let idiots like these get you down. They are just desperate for a good shows in November in the court and at the voting booth. They will lose at least one, maybe both. They will only be around for two more years but AZ will be there long after they are, thankfully, gone and forgotten. Go for it! We are behind you all the way.

    17. George,Phoenix says:

      It's a crying shame when a government(our own) cries to the worst organization in the world for enforcing Human Rights.The UN is the laughing stock of the world on it's enforcements and sanctions ie Iran,Syria.What good are their troops in Syria to protect Israel and their sanctions against Iran are doing what? Then The Obama administration hauls my state in there? What about Virginia?Oh well, all we can hope is that the American people have had enough of this disgraceful administration in power and clean up our beautiful White House om 2012.

    18. George,Phoenix says:

      I don't want Virginia to think I was bad mouthing them.It seems like they have laws like ours and a Federal Judge even backed them.Could you send that judge to Arizona? Seems like he's the only one that understands our laws and Constitution.

    19. DR HESS, Colorado says:

      What do you expect from a person that surrounds himself with Commies, terrorists, militaqnts, ect., and the worst is yet to come if the voters do not wake up!!!!!

    20. DR HESS, Colorado says:

      You people do not want to know the truth! You reject the truefull criticizm.

    21. DR HESS, Colorado says:

      you people do not want a trutfull amswer.

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    25. jim, Maine says:

      Living in a state that still allows a person to "keep and bear arms" , I say think twice U.N. troops before you cross my border and try to enforce your rulings brought forth in your kangaroo court, and shame on our current adminisration for even considering their opinions. I pray all neighboring borders of Arizona stand together and if the time comes prove our patriotism, unite, be strong and let no foreign force govern our way of life !

    26. Larry, Ohio says:

      I think that John McCain was describing your organization when he coined the term "dishonest and dishonorable".

    27. Jeffrey A. Curtis says:

      I didn't believe my ears when I heard that Pres. Obama and the State Dept. had sent a letter to the United Nations about the new law in Arizona on Illegal Emigration as an example of human rights abuse. So I do a search and low and behold it is true! What is our Government doing to the Constitution. What business is this to the UN. I am appalled that our President stoops to this. If the they would stop emigration as federal law demands this would not be a problem, but no they are going to take this before other nations to have them do something about it. What about our sovereign rights as a nation and the constitution of the state of Arizona? It looks as though this is just another example of how messed up our national government has become. Our founding fathers are probably rolling in there graves.

    28. Ida says:

      I can't believe what this country has become since Oboma has been in control. I'm so sorry that he ever got elected.None of those dems will get my vote. they have taken this country in the wrong directiom I hope it doesn't continue for another 2 years. thank you.

    29. The Majority of Amer says:

      Don't let politicians like Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer Fool you and rule you. This is the Front Line in a New Civil Cold War between the Shrinking Rich and the Organized Growing Poor.

      Fight Ronald Regans Capitalism!

      Fight For Human Rights!

      Fight the Fair Elections!

      Fight for true Freedom!

      And Mr. Obama Tear down these Walls !!!….

    30. maryanne Bell says:

      thank GOD for jan brewer she is what ourgreat nation is all about!!!!!!!!!! this administration is unamerican dishonest and is ruining our great country!!!!!!! iit is time for ONE NATION UNDER GOD.

    31. J Sample says:

      My wife and I live in Arizona. Because the U.S.goverment won't secure our borders, we have to put up with the problems that are created. I would ask any American, how they would like it if people damaged your home and land and there's nothing you can do about it. This happens week after week, year after year…maybe the people that think this is fine could send us money for our repairs. Yes, we could move… we could be run off our land. We have parts of our land in Arizona that we can't go out on, because the U.S. government said it is too dangerous for us. Our goverment doesn't have control of it… Please, Please, Wake Up.

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