Well-known bastion of freedom blasts Arizona law as “brutal violation of human rights”

posted at 10:12 am on May 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe Raul and Fidel Castro didn’t want to wait for the Obama administration to apologize first for Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law, as they did to China earlier this week.  Instead, they got a jump start on the bandwagon by having their puppet parliament pass a resolution calling the bill “racist and xenophobic,” and also “a brutal violation of human rights.”  However, KTAR reminds its readers in its report about how Cuba enforces its own internal travel policies:

Several U.S. cities including Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego and Austin, Texas, have passed resolutions against the law or urged outright boycotts, and President Barack Obama has denounced it as “a misdirected expression of frustration.”

But the denunciation of the law by Cuban lawmakers, who called it a “brutal violation of human rights,” is sure to raise anger among U.S. backers of the law.

The tightly controlled, communist-run island has long been criticized for its human rights record, which includes the jailing of 200 political prisoners, the banning of a free press and the outlawing of opposition political parties.

Cuban citizens are required to carry identification with them wherever they go, and can be stopped by police and sent home if they are found in a part of the island where they don’t belong.

Consider this the Somewhat Left The Irony On Department entry for today.  We’re trying to keep people from illegally entering our country, which is a key national-security issue as noted by the 9/11 Commission almost six years ago.  The Cuban junta not only keeps people locked into their country, but also locked into assigned areas of the island, and their police can demand papers of anyone at any time to enforce those oppressive laws.

When Ed Reyes talks about needing a passport to be in Arizona, maybe he should reconsider his hyperbole in light of those facts, no?  Besides, if Cuba wants to talk about racist and xenophobic governments, they need look no further than Havana.  Val Prieto can explain at length the racism of the regime as it related to the death of democracy activist Orlando Zapata Tamayo (content warning).

It would be easy to dismiss Cuba’s propaganda if it weren’t for the fact that they’re essentially parroting the irresponsible rhetoric of American politicians.  Those elected to public office here ought to consider the effects of their hyperbole and ignorant rants over a law that only tasks law enforcement with enforcing existing federal law, and in Reyes’ case, in almost exactly the same language as that of his own state’s penal code.  As usual, it’s best to be on the opposite side of anything that the Castro Brothers either endorse or oppose.


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Well, Castro does have the real world experience violating human rights needed to make this call.

DFCtomm on May 21, 2010 at 10:15 AM

The ubercommunist Fidel Castro and the Obama Administration agree again on an issue of major import?

It’s almost as if their interests are aligned…

Good Lt on May 21, 2010 at 10:15 AM

You know what we need? We need a Sean Penn sighting! His take on this issue would be most amusing.

BardMan on May 21, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Dems to applaud in 5…..4……3……

cmsinaz on May 21, 2010 at 10:16 AM

In Cuba, the government doesn’t have to do anything special to convince people to leave the country, so I can understand their confusion.

RBMN on May 21, 2010 at 10:16 AM

The rat is now the Obama mascot.

Obama, Calderon and the Castros are all rats.

So are the Congresscritters who stood up yesterday and clapped. ‘Poison’ them in Nov. and send them home.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Those elected to public office here ought to consider the effects of their hyperbole and ignorant rants over a law that only tasks law enforcement with enforcing existing federal law, and in Reyes’ case, in almost exactly the same language as that of his own state’s penal code.

Mission: Impossible

ladyingray on May 21, 2010 at 10:18 AM

All communist – dictatorships lining up to support Obama.
Manchurian President for sure.

Keemo on May 21, 2010 at 10:18 AM

China, Iran, and now Cuba are critical of the U.S. for its human rights violations?? This’ll keep me laughing all weekend!

MassVictim on May 21, 2010 at 10:20 AM

The left raises a grito and stages a standing ovation…

Viva Castro Viva Obama abajo con capialism

Kuffar on May 21, 2010 at 10:20 AM

It’s times like these that this little bit makes me smile.

Heralder on May 21, 2010 at 10:21 AM

I’m proud to live in a state that Fidel doesn’t like.

Jeff2161 on May 21, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Maobama is insane to leave our country open to this kind of ridiculous posturing from some of the worst régimes in the world–and that includes Mexico!

Mexico, Cuba, the Chinese think we’re repressive?!
Please have me cryogenically unfrozen when President Palin is sworn in, in January 2013, if we still have a country left!

Jenfidel on May 21, 2010 at 10:23 AM

guffaw

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 10:23 AM

This just proves the old adage that if you don’t respect yourself (i.e., our leaders regard for our country) than others won’t respect you either.

The piling on from around the globe will continue. It sickens me to think it, but it is like a gang bang.

I hate liberals. There I said it – and I mean it.

KickandSwimMom on May 21, 2010 at 10:24 AM

and the badministration wont say anything

its pretty sad

they’ll just be like

ohhh welll, sorrrryyyyy

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 10:26 AM

This country is upside down,God help us.

ohiobabe on May 21, 2010 at 10:26 AM

but it is like a gang bang.

it really is
and i like to be the only guy around so it pisses me off!

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 10:27 AM

well, AZ doesn’t seem to be budging, so good for them. someone is leading

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Well, now just have Bambi throw him a State dinner. Maybe a nice speech the next day?

katy the mean old lady on May 21, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Well, neither Mexico, nor Cuba for that matter, have a problem with American drug lords coming into their towns and murdering and beheading thousands of people every year and kidnapping and terrorizing citizens. When they have this problem, they’re allowed to criticize our laws. Until then, they can stfu. Stand tall, Arizona!

scalleywag on May 21, 2010 at 10:29 AM

What does the Obamarat say about this?

royzer on May 21, 2010 at 10:30 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

skydaddy on May 21, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I say invite Castro to Washington so he and Obama can bash the law together. Then have Castro go to address congress and the Dems can give him a standing ovation too. This is a great opportunity for the democrats to really support other leaders around the world while bashing America.

WyoMike on May 21, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I can’t wait until that race-baiting, oppressive, communist, evil, lying tyrant loses power.

Oh, and getting rid of Castro in Cuba would be nice, too.

Daggett on May 21, 2010 at 10:31 AM

This whole thing is getting absolutely insane. Surely the Democraps are NOT so stupid and to think that standing ovation cheering of FlippedOut Calderone is going to go down with anyone except their hard-core base?

And if they really do believe that, I really need a tip to their pharmacutical consultant. The color of the sky must be awesome in their world.

JamesLee on May 21, 2010 at 10:32 AM

I imagine Obama would be quite comfortable discussing oppression with Fidel, Raul and Hugo, they know exactly how to destroy a country.

fourdeucer on May 21, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Alternate headline:

“Communist Leaders in Agreement on Arizona Law”

oldleprechaun on May 21, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Beam me up Scotty. This planet s*cks.

Mike Honcho on May 21, 2010 at 10:32 AM

But the denunciation of the law by Cuban lawmakers, who called it a “brutal violation of human rights,”

…just another brutal dictator getting a pat on the back and a high five from “Mr. Hope and Change”….

…I believe Fidel here is due up to chastise America from the White House lawn while ignoring their own crimes right after Greece makes an appearance to lecture us on fiscal responsibility.

…it sure is a good thing the “adults” are in charge….. now America can turn from it’s terrible,imperialistic oppressive actions with the help of such strong human rights advocates and protectors of Freedom like Hugo,Fidel,Ahmadinejad,Putin,and Calderon…

….What a joke “smart power” is on the world stage.

…Krauthammer exposes Obama’s “smart power” once again for the weak,inept, circus that it is:

(via Instapundit)

The Fruits of Weakness

By Charles Krauthammer
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/05/21/the_fruits_of_weakness_105676.html

This is not just an America in decline. This is an America in retreat — accepting, ratifying and declaring its decline, and inviting rising powers to fill the vacuum.

…what an unmitigated disaster the Obama administration is.

Baxter Greene on May 21, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Dang. If the Castro Boys are agin’ it, then I’m fer it.

BigAlSouth on May 21, 2010 at 10:36 AM

You think Congress had a minuscule approval rating before?

scalleywag on May 21, 2010 at 10:36 AM

You know what we need? We need a Sean Penn sighting! His take on this issue would be most amusing.

BardMan on May 21, 2010 at 10:16 AM

..unfortunately, Mr Penn is unavailable for comment at this time. He is bent over double with severe rectal cramps.

The War Planner on May 21, 2010 at 10:37 AM

A great link showing actual case-law which supports Arizona’s efforts to have state based police agencies investigate and enforce immigration violations:

jrlingreenbay on May 21, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Come on people Ive said it before–its not a good law unless a Democrat makes it…/sarc

canditaylor68 on May 21, 2010 at 10:39 AM

From one backwards @$$ third world mind to another…

MNHawk on May 21, 2010 at 10:40 AM

i really look forward to the strong worded statement from the WH, informing Cuba that this is none of their business and that they have no pedestal on which to stand and criticize the US on human rights from.

/s

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Jameslee: they’re of the same mind. Scary

cmsinaz on May 21, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Wow… Democrats are on the same side as their friends the DRUG CARTELS AND COMMUNISTS!!!!

tetriskid on May 21, 2010 at 10:48 AM

I’d love to see the big guy from Jersey in the white House…

PatriotRider on May 21, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Just waiting for Obama and a collection of his foreign buddies to file a human rights violation to the UN.

fourdeucer on May 21, 2010 at 10:49 AM

/s

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Snort. Oh wouldn’t it be nice if we had a president who would do exactly that?

scalleywag on May 21, 2010 at 10:49 AM

See, this is proof positive the whole world thinks we are evil, wicked, mean and nasty. No word from Hugo yet?

Kissmygrits on May 21, 2010 at 10:50 AM

I guess Mr. President’s “outrage” was short-lived.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62D19Q20100314

scalleywag on May 21, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Kissmygrits: give it time my friend…..give it time

cmsinaz on May 21, 2010 at 10:53 AM

What does the Obamarat say about this?

royzer on May 21, 2010 at 10:30 AM

The rats are leaving…

the_nile on May 21, 2010 at 10:53 AM

This would be funny if it caused Obama to question his own statements/motives/beliefs. However, as my dad used to say: “Don’t hold your breath.”

tgharris on May 21, 2010 at 10:53 AM

“Dems to applaud in 5…..4……3……

cmsinaz on May 21, 2010 at 10:16 AM”

Standing ovation…

Seven Percent Solution on May 21, 2010 at 10:56 AM

I don’t know about anybody else, but the absurdity of this has taken me aback. It’s okay thou, because this stance by Cuba and all the rest of the oppressive societies out there who are blasting the Arizona law as a brutal violation of human rights will allow their own respective immigration laws some long overdue exposure. The villians are playing the victim, and we all know how a victim gets national media attention in our Main Stream News Headlines. Let’s discuss these other nations immigration laws and compare them to Arizona’s law (which is reflective of our federal law). Educating the misinformed can only benefit the United States and show the rest of the world why oppressed peoples from these supposed glorious nations are trying to come here instead of staying put.

Americannodash on May 21, 2010 at 10:56 AM

here it isnt that hard

White House Press Release:

The President finds it peculiar that Cuba, a nation whose own leadership has a questionable track record on human rights, would put its two cents where it has not been requested.

Wow, look at that!

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Alternate headline:

“Communist Leaders in Agreement on Arizona Law”

oldleprechaun on May 21, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Indeed.

visions on May 21, 2010 at 10:58 AM

It’s times like these that this little bit makes me smile.
Heralder on May 21, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Esto es muy bueno.

mchristian on May 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

…what an unmitigated disaster the Obama administration is.

Baxter Greene on May 21, 2010 at 10:34 AM

It’s been said many times before, and is looking more true by the day: we are living in Jimmy Carter’s second term.

Spiny Norman on May 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

For sheer comedy entertainment, the Obama administration is growing on me.

I’m almost hoping the Republicans fail to win the Congress and have just enough to create pure gridlock, without the blame associated with control.

I can’t wait for North Korea to start chastising us for our concentration camps like Gitmo……with the Obama administration agreeing in kind.

rickyricardo on May 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I have lived a pretty long life but since this admin. has taken office I feel like I have entered the twilight zone!!!

WHY ARE WE EVEN LISTENING TO COUNTRIES LIKE,CHINA,CUBA,MEXICO ON HUMAN RIGHTS we need to get out of Opec,UN,IMF,NAFTA, if that makes us isolationists so be it at least until we become the country we once were. We don’t need all these parasites draining our very blood.

concernedsenior on May 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Now we need Iran, the bastion of women’s rights, to lecture us

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Beam me up Scotty. This planet s*cks.

Mike Honcho on May 21, 2010 at 10:32 AM

awesome.

loudmouth883 on May 21, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Fidel Obama

sdd on May 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I guess Mr. President’s “outrage” was short-lived.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62D19Q20100314

scalleywag on May 21, 2010 at 10:52 AM

…..that’s strange…the only outrage I hear out of Obama is directed at Arizona and the Tea Party…..

…..I have not heard Obama or Hillary call Mexico out once in a National forum about their massive crime,illegal immigration,and drug problem they are importing to America.

Baxter Greene on May 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

It’s been said many times before, and is looking more true by the day: we are living in Jimmy Carter’s second term.

Spiny Norman on May 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

..just like the Carter administration set the stage for Islamic radicalism…..
…Obama is setting the stage for the modern Caliphate supported by Russia and Hugo…..

…Carter is going to look like nothing but a school yard idiot compared to the devastation that Obama is helping to create.

Baxter Greene on May 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM

10 out of 10 Communist Dictatorships agree. Obama’s leftwing agenda is the way to go!

Onus on May 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

The President finds it peculiar that Cuba, a nation whose own leadership has a questionable track record on human rights, would put its two cents where it has not been requested.

Silly Castro, you are supposed to wait until teh one throws a lavish white house dinner for you and then announce how racist we are from the lectern.

conservnut on May 21, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Like I give a flaming s**t what that Communist windbag renaissance dinosaur and his equally moronic brother has to say about anything.

When is this clown going to just die and get it over with?

pilamaye on May 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM

What else do you expect from a murderous dictator? Misinform, misdirect, align himself with the loony lefties in our Congress and Hollywood kooks.
Sounds about right to me.

FireBlogger on May 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Regarding the Arizona law, actual facts no longer have any bearing at all on the argument.

Cicero43 on May 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Well-known bastion of freedom blasts Arizona law as “brutal violation of human rights”

No doubt the Castro brothers’ squawking parrots in the Congressional Black Caucus enthusiastically agree.

ya2daup on May 21, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Castro is a people person. He actually had the original concept of Club Med.

He is so misunderstood.

seven on May 21, 2010 at 11:29 AM

You can’t make this $hit up.

I did enjoy Wolf Blitzer’s interview with Mexico’s president. Went something like this:

Does Mexico allow entry to any foreigner who wants it?:

No, of course not. They first have to fill out an application, and then we have to conduct a background check to make sure they are who they claim to be, and that they don’t have criminal records, etc.

And once foreign immigrants have obtained permission to enter Mexico, do they have to carry their authorization papers with them?
Of course, we have to know who they are and where they are.

And can Mexican police stop them and ask to see their papers?
Well yes, of course, we have to enable law enforcement to do their jobs.

And if a person enters Mexico illegally, can they get a job in Mexico?
No, of course not.

And what happens to a person who enters Mexico illegally?

Well when we find them they are arrested and deported back to their own country.

AZCoyote on May 21, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Can’t wait to hear from Iran and North Korea being indignantly indignant over Arizona’s treatment of people who wander into their state. At least Ajad and Kim Ill let moms and Bill Clinton in to check on their “guests”.

RobCon on May 21, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Jeez, I just love SB1070. In one fell swoop, it pissed off:

San Francisco Leftists
Los Angelas Leftists
Cuban Leftists
Mexican Leftits
Presient Obama
Manet Napolitano

It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

DrW on May 21, 2010 at 12:12 PM

It’s Alinskyism in practice: Deflect criticism by attacking your critics. Obama is an Alinskyite as are all of his henchmen. Alinsky was a communist. Obama’s parents were communists as well as his grandparents and major mentor, Frank Marshall Davis. The good news? All of this could very well go our way in the sense that all of this obvious stupidity may have the effect of actually waking people up to what is happening to them. It would be helpful if we could get more people to help Glenn Beck. He’s been doing a Trojan’s work in these matters.

LarryG on May 21, 2010 at 12:16 PM

is sure to raise anger among U.S….

Anger? Is there anyone (outside of Hollywood) who takes those clowns seriously?

reaganaut on May 21, 2010 at 12:23 PM

We get many more testimonies like this and Calderone’s, maybe more American people will wake up.

Alana on May 21, 2010 at 12:44 PM

As usual, it’s best to be on the opposite side of anything that the Castro Brothers either endorse or oppose.

That’s only IF you’re on the other side of what Castro Brothers endorse or oppose.

Could it be that they are all on the same side?

[My apologies for stating the blatantly obvious, it was to illustrate a point]

Chip on May 21, 2010 at 1:03 PM

We had Michael Moore show us the wonderful health system down there.

Maybe we could drop Keith O. with a parachute and no papers to make a journal about how well Fidel treats illegal aliens.

Then Ole Madcow to do a report on the special rights given to gays on Fratricide Island.

And I am not being overly rotten with these remarks. I did say that we should give them parachutes.

IlikedAUH2O on May 21, 2010 at 1:43 PM

I was just wondering if anyone has any numbers on the count of people escaping American oppression by illegally fleeing into Mexico or Canada. I have a file set up any and I would appreciate a tip on where I could get the figures.

LarryG on May 21, 2010 at 2:03 PM

I keep saying that this is all on Obama. He has opened the door for everybody and his brother to take shots at the US. Obama really is a stupid man. He has no ability to consider the consequences of his words and actions.

RickCaird on May 21, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Jeez, I just love SB1070. In one fell swoop, it pissed off:

San Francisco Leftists
Los Angelas Leftists
Cuban Leftists
Mexican Leftits
Presient Obama
Manet Napolitano

It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

DrW on May 21, 2010 at 12:12 PM

+100

Slowburn on May 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM