Brewer blasts Obama over submission to UN specifying AZ immigration law

posted at 12:00 pm on August 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer angrily demanded yesterday that the White House withdraw their report to the UN Human Rights Council that singled out Arizona’s law as a cause for concern about the American track record on human rights.  Calling such a reference “downright offensive” in her letter to Hillary Clinton, Brewer also called the entire report “internationalism run amuck”:

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer demanded Friday that a reference to the state’s controversial immigration law be removed from a State Department report to the United Nations’ human rights commissioner.

The U.S. included its legal challenge to the law on a list of ways the federal government is protecting human rights.

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Brewer says it is “downright offensive” that a state law would be included in the report, which was drafted as part of a UN review of human rights in all member nations every four years.

“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,” Brewer wrote.

Not only is it internationalism run amuck, it’s both ridiculous and hypocritical at the same time.  We submitted the report to the HRC out of some idiotic notion of equality with all nations, which might make sense if the HRC was comprised of free nations that allow their citizens to fully participate and freely speak in their politics.  The members of the council to which the Obama administration submitted that letter include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, China, and other paragons of human rights.  Apparently, Kim Jong-Il and the DPRK were too busy to get named to the council.

The Obama administration has opposed the Arizona bill, but not even Eric Holder could make a legal case that it violated human rights.  Instead, the DoJ attacked it on federal supremacy in immigration affairs, essentially a technicality, by claiming that Arizona had tried to pre-empt federal immigration-control efforts.  If the Obama administration really believed that this is a human-rights “concern,” then why didn’t they bother to make that claim in federal court?  Instead, Obama and Clinton just decided to use it as a cheap moral-relativist point in their new version of an apology tour.

The entire submission should be withdrawn, and the Obama administration should apologize to the people of Arizona for the insult.


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The entire submission should be withdrawn, and the Obama administration should apologize to the people of Arizona for the insult.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for either to happen!

Despite this being an absolutely reprehensible thing for any Adminstration to do, this is also the act of an Administration that is the epitome of the term “Confederacy of Dunces”.

pilamaye on August 28, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Gonna be waitin’ a lifetime for that apology.

Tim Zank on August 28, 2010 at 12:06 PM

“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,” Brewer wrote.

A guess a State running amok is too much for Obama to handle.
Total F+

Electrongod on August 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Not unAmerican, but anti-American.

rbj on August 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Obama hey lets talk to iran except about its abuse of women’s rights !

I can find no story anywhere where Obama took Iran to the UN council to prevent that woman from being stoned to death.

But he can attack Arizona ?

William Amos on August 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM

So long as there is an “I” in insult, Obama will call it his deal.

bbz123 on August 28, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Brewer also called the entire report “internationalism run amuck”:

Awesomely awesome in its awesomeness.

P.S. F*** you, Obama.

BuckeyeSam on August 28, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Sing it, sister.

artist on August 28, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Ms. Brewer, weren’t you paying attention? This senator president is smarter than female governors.

rogerb on August 28, 2010 at 12:15 PM

This offensive administration is a mockery of what the USA stands for.

It should be impeached,

It should be tried,

Its actors should be imprisoned for actively working to weaken and destroy this nation.

AubieJon on August 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

I am glad that Governor Brewer is on record for denouncing the O administration and State for its cowardice and moral relativism that once again belittles our nation, one of the beacons of championing human rights. The UN is not sovereign, nor does it supersede our Constitution.

onlineanalyst on August 28, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Waste of time, Jan.

No sense asking the Traitor-in-Chief to correct lies that he himself is happy to spread.

MrScribbler on August 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Obama is anti-American and berates his own country to win favor with our enemies. The man deserves to be ousted from office as soon as possible. He’s a disgrace as are those New Left holdovers from the 60′s who hate this country but are now filling congress and the bureaucracies.

NNtrancer on August 28, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Gonna be waitin’ a lifetime for that apology.

Tim Zank on August 28, 2010 at 12:06 PM

He’ll go to Cario and apologize to the Muslim world about the U.S. but he’ll never make an apology to us.

We need a leader who won’t make any apologies to the world.

Conservative Samizdat on August 28, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Good luck with your demands,Gov. Brewer but at least you’re making his apology public knowledge.

ohiobabe on August 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM

When all else fails, apologize profusely for the supposed sins of others.

unclesmrgol on August 28, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Obama only apologizes for America not to America

William Amos on August 28, 2010 at 12:27 PM

which might make sense if the HRC was comprised of free nations that allow their citizens to fully participate and freely speak in their politics.

Or, at a minimum, if much of the world (and the HRC) didn’t have immigration laws similar to Arizona’s.

Japan has a good human rights record, but every non-citizen in the country is required to carry ID at all times. What are they going to say to Arizona?
Who on that list has immigration laws substantially more liberal than Arizona’s law?

MayBee on August 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM

So, it’s a human rights violation to check into someone’s citizenship status if they have been detained for some other reason? Doesn’t the federal government do this all of the time?

In fact, isn’t the Obama administration’s argument that it is the federal government’s responsibility to check immigration status and not the job of the state government?

So, is the federal government guilty of human rights violations when it checks citizenship status and even deports people. Is it not a human rights violation when the federal government does it, but only when a state does it? What the F is going on here?

JohnInCA on August 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Just another idiotic self-defeating move from “Barry the Genius.” How could anyone have thought the dunce currently occupying the White House was such a smart guy? He proves day in and day out that he is a frickin’ moron.

WarEagle01 on August 28, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Honest to Allah(pundit), it’s as if the Obama Administration is deliberately trying to lose the upcoming election for their party. I mean, there’s not much more red meat needed to motivate conservatives–and many independents–to head to the polls than to be “reported” to the UN. Who wants to be this will be the highest turnout for Republicans on an off-year election? Where in the world is doing this a benefit for the Obama Administration????

Renwaa on August 28, 2010 at 12:35 PM

that’s who wants to “bet”.

Renwaa on August 28, 2010 at 12:35 PM

What do I care what Obama says to the UN?

I have no respect for either, so any conversation they have is transparent to me.

BobMbx on August 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Perhaps Hillary! will explain to the UN why US immigration laws are fine, despite the fact they are stricter than Arizona’s law.

GarandFan on August 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

I love the smell of a beautiful wedge issue … served up just right by the One *and* HRC.

Should we be thankful Democrats are this stupid? Or is the inherent stupidity an inherent flaw of being a Democrat?

tryptic on August 28, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Loved Palin’s speech and several others, the presentation of the medal winners.

Conservative Woodstock indeed.

Thank you Glenn Beck

PappyD61 on August 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Brewer…….maybe you can have Beck come to the border (and have a RESTORING BORDERS rally). :-)

PappyD61 on August 28, 2010 at 12:42 PM

When will the nightmare end…

This will be remembered as one of the most darkest periods in our country’s history, as “we the people” continue to be attacked from “forces” within our own government.

How dare they include the AZ immigration law in such a report to the UN, which itself is a poor excuse for a “governing body”.

I pray that Jan Brewer and her legal team can score a victory in their defense.

WhoU4 on August 28, 2010 at 12:44 PM

by trying to make our constitution subordinate to international law obama has committed an impeachable offense.

reliapundit on August 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM

“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,” Brewer wrote.

This is very intelligent and well thought out, I am getting a greater appreciation of the governor and her administration.

Rode Werk on August 28, 2010 at 12:49 PM

In November, send the party of socialists home, and in 2012, send the current deliverer of socialism back to Chicago.

afotia on August 28, 2010 at 12:50 PM

That’s good, stay on the offensive.

FloatingRock on August 28, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Is Arizona’s immigration law entitled the “Controversial Immigration Law of Arizona?” Why is it that every report labels this law controversial? It is actually a popular bill; polls indicate that a vast majority of Americans agree with this bill.

Why is that the health care law or the stimulus are never, ever labeled “controversial?” Neither law has anywhere near the popular support that the Arizona law has (in fact, they are becoming more and more unpopular by the day), but the MSM would never label those laws as controversial.

WV736 on August 28, 2010 at 12:54 PM

So the UN rape club is getting a report on law abiding citizens in Arizona.

Step one: defund the dhimmicrats in 2011
Step two: send Obama home in 2013

Mojave Mark on August 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Ed, on which page of the report does Barry detail the human rights violations perpetrated by the New Black Panthers Party?

Patrick S on August 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Has there ever been a President who is so ashamed of America than Barack Obama? This guy is an insult to all well meaning Americans, no matter what their politics is.

Jimmy Carter was supposed to be the worst President in a long time but BHO is clearly upstaging him.

If there were bumperstickers that said “Obama is ashamed of America – i am ashamed of him” it would sell like hot cakes – and probably create some jobs for the umemployed too.

nagee76 on August 28, 2010 at 1:00 PM

For a while I have thought that maybe the Carter years were possibly worse for America (I lived through them), but this here takes the cake.

This asswipe administration deserves nothing but our collective contempt for all eternity.

GnuBreed on August 28, 2010 at 1:02 PM

For a while I have thought that maybe the Carter years were possibly worse for America (I lived through them), but this here takes the cake.

This a$$wipe administration deserves nothing but our collective contempt for all eternity.

GnuBreed on August 28, 2010 at 1:02 PM

I wonder if there is some court action Arizona could take against the Administration for their illegal actions.

WashingtonsWake on August 28, 2010 at 1:05 PM

The entire submission should be withdrawn, and the Obama administration should apologize to the people of Arizona for the insult.

This entire administration has been nothing but a laundry list of one insult after another. Color me non-plussed, but it seems like this is the latest of many.

(s)

But there is still no grounds for impeachment.

/s

gryphon202 on August 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM

God, I can’t wait for this doofus bozo to leave office.

If anything good comes out of Obamugabe’s term it’ll be the awakening of the American people.

Viva la revolucion!

esnap on August 28, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Speaks to pettiness of zero to attack his own country place himself on an undeserved pedestal. What a loser.

toongoon on August 28, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Judging from the linked article, the State Department didn’t actually attack the Arizona law other than by mentioning it and the preemption argument. In other words, they voted “present” in a presumptively anti-American context. How this is supposed to satisfy anyone in the USA (or rouse the UN delegates themselves from their accustomed stupor) escapes me. But it has a lame duck feel to it. I wonder if Hillary took the trouble to read it or if we should credit her with blue penciling drafts that were worse.

Seth Halpern on August 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Thank you Gov. Brewer for standing up for your state and its citizens! First the little mexican worm caldaron came an bad mouthed AZ and now the un? I hope other states follow AZ/fed and pass these laws. Gads, this make me ill!
L

letget on August 28, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Did Obowma criticize the muslim attacks against Christians killed, attacked, maimed or kicked out of their countries in the name of the ‘religion of peace”?

dthorny on August 28, 2010 at 1:54 PM

1 – take congress this November and start hearings on the Administration’s actions and connections with Communist organizations, and the MEDIA’s involvement….

2 – Take the White House in 2 years and undo the evil that has been done to our nation.

davecatbone on August 28, 2010 at 1:59 PM

To paraphrase Obama’s report to the UN: We took Arizona to court to prevent them from enacting a law that violates people’s civil rights. We explained to the judge that doing that was our job.

Bobbertsan on August 28, 2010 at 2:06 PM

What is wrong with these people? I guess the report was completed before the Victory Mosque fiasco or they could have insulted more Americans.

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2010 at 2:08 PM

If there are any dumocrats elected out of Arizona this year then those votes need to be examined on mental deficiency charges.

Jdripper on August 28, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Step one: defund the dhimmicrats in 2011
Step two: send Obama home in 2013

Mojave Mark on August 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Step three: withdrawal from the UN and expelling that cancer from America.

Rebar on August 28, 2010 at 2:33 PM

I saw most of what Glen Beck was doing at the Restore Honor today and thought of – If our Politicians take the oath of Office – are they in effect under oath the whole time in office and just like Rodger Clemons (spelling)when they lie — they are under oath to the American People -and can be prosecuted

wheels on August 28, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Gee, this polled so well in the faculty lounge

skanter on August 28, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Just another racist, anti-american move by Obama.

proconstitution on August 28, 2010 at 2:53 PM

These as*holes share nothing in common with the average American citizen. Their gene pool is the 1960s Marxist fringe and the anti-American European left.

Idiots in our electorate have put these dirtbags in a position to speak for us all. I call Bullshit.

Jaibones on August 28, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Loved Palin’s speech and several others, the presentation of the medal winners.

Conservative Woodstock indeed.

Thank you Glenn Beck

PappyD61 on August 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

And none of the foulness, vulgarity, debauchery, lack of food, needing of the National Guard to save you, or trash left over.

Tim Burton on August 28, 2010 at 3:00 PM

On his next apology tour, Barry should turn the other way when he bows before despots. That visual image is much more illustrative of how he views America’s position in the world, and how he invites other countries to treat us.

What a national disgrace to have such a pathetic excuse for an “American” living in the White House.

AZCoyote on August 28, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Small benefit: The publicity over this report to the UN will put Jan Brewer over the top in November. Her challenger will be lucky to get 30% of the vote if this continues to be publicized.

Bigger benefit: The publicity surrounding this report, should it be amplified and utilized by the Arizona Republicans should further bolster election wins

Even bigger benefit: If the GOP runs with this (that, of course assumes spontaneous generation of a pair and a spine in the GOP leaders), this report alone could sweep the Republicans back into power. We may be a 50-50 country on a number of things, but there is really only about a 25 to 30% fringe kook America-hating left. The right application of the issues and implications surrounding this report could lead to 70% wins for candidates.

/In all but NYC, Detroit, San Francisco and a few other statist communist enclaves of course.

AZfederalist on August 28, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Isn’t it unconstitutional?

Beto Ochoa on August 28, 2010 at 4:41 PM

I guess Jan Brewer had better not go to Belgium. They will nab her for sure, and not for being an illegal alien.

Really Right on August 28, 2010 at 5:00 PM

“…a State Department report to the United Nations’ human rights commissioner…”

Last time I checked, the US Secretary of State was Hillary Clinton. She can either support this statement as SoS, or if she does not, she should resign. She cannot be allowed to have it both ways, which of course is what Democrats feel they are entitled to do on any subject. Enough! Make her declare herself!

drunyan8315 on August 28, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Any comments from our Democratic delegation?

Reps Grijalva, Giffords, Kirkpatrick, Mitchell: what say you?

azkag on August 28, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Not that I give a damn what an organization run by a pack of cannibals thinks about the pinnacle of modern day civilization

but it sure is typical of our commie/libs to want to cozy up to them as they attempt to slice up the globe

maybe Obama can get a night in mugabes Harare palace

Sonosam on August 28, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Step one: defund the dhimmicrats in 2011
Step two: send Obama home to jail in 2013

fixed it for ya.

rgranger on August 28, 2010 at 6:41 PM

zero really hated the USA – what a schmuck

iam7545 on August 28, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Obama is a play ground sissy. He has to hide under the teachers apron.

He is deteriating and has no plan.

seven on August 28, 2010 at 9:24 PM

STORM THE BASTILLE….

Get Opestilence and his fat cow of a big a$$ed Antoinette out of our White House…..

highninside on August 28, 2010 at 9:26 PM

sissy Obama.

This crap is into Harvard now.
Lesbo Kagan removed constitutional law as a class requirement for gradutation.

She did make a class in international law a graduation requirement.
progressives.

seven on August 28, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Ohhhh does she have an audit with her name on it just waiting

Alden Pyle on August 28, 2010 at 10:11 PM

From the opening topic thread …

Quoting:

posted at 12:00 pm on August 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

[Snipped ...]

The entire submission should be withdrawn, and the Obama administration should apologize to the people of Arizona for the insult.

But the submission will not be withdrawn, Obama, Clinton, et all will not even think to do so, no one they know will even suggest it, and US citizens, US governors, US laws, the US as a nation will continue to be kicked around, peed on, excreted on, spat upon, and more, by Obama, Clinton, and their ilk, along with many other nations, as they all join in the politically expedient for appearances only chorus denigrating the US, her citizens, and US execptionalism.

Such behavior from US department heads, including Secretary of State, the President, the Attorney General, and others, should never be permitted in our nations. It should be illegal and a prosecutable offense, for such words and actions by our own representatives put us all in danger.

William2006 on August 28, 2010 at 10:24 PM

This makes me so mad I could spit nails. And the DOJ is determined to “get” Sheriff Arpiao. I wish I know how we could raise Cain in mass about this.

Cindy Munford on August 28, 2010 at 10:31 PM

The entire submission should be withdrawn, and the Obama administration should apologize to the people of Arizona for the insult

and resign in disgrace.

hillbillyjim on August 29, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Loved Palin’s speech and several others, the presentation of the medal winners.

Conservative Woodstock indeed.

Thank you Glenn Beck

PappyD61 on August 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Pappy, I understand and appreciate your sentiments but pleae note that the recipients of combat medals did not win those medals. They were hard earned and not a “prize”.

Big John on August 29, 2010 at 1:56 AM

The entire submission should be withdrawn, and the Obama administration should apologize to the people of Arizona for the insult.

Apologize to the rest of the United States too!

and resign in disgrace.

hillbillyjim on August 29, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Yes, and that too. It’s like he stays awake nights trying to think up new ways to stick his thumb in our eyes.

petefrt on August 29, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I love this woman. The people of AZ have spoken and got slapped down by the socialist in chief, for the time being. Doesn’t look like they have changed course tho. We should have broomed the UN a long time ago. They have gotten too big for their britches.

Kissmygrits on August 29, 2010 at 9:46 AM

I never thought in my seventy plus years that I would ever see a President who hates America as much as Obama does. His policies are destroying the America we once knew and the democrat party goes right along with this destructive agenda of his. What is more surprising is that the media also continues to fawn and slobber over this man and circle the wagons around him and calling anyone who speaks in opposition – a racist or an extremist, when in fact, they and the entire democrat party are the racists and extremists. The Department of Justice under Eric Holder will go after Law Enforcement with a zeal and give a pass to the law breakers. The Justice Department under Holder is a misnomer.

flintstone on August 29, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Another case that President Obama does not fully understand what his role is in government is.

He is claiming that Arizona is doing what the Federal government is supposed to do protect our boarder between nations Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. As the Constitution says,if the federal government cannot or chooses not to carry out a specific duty the State can do so. So AZ. has chosen to do the right thing but the President does not like being challenge – if he does not want the do his job let AZ. do it. Game over.

MSGTAS on August 29, 2010 at 10:48 AM

On his next apology tour,
AZCoyote on August 28, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Hopefully, he won’t conduct another apology tour. We need a president who will conduct a no apology tour.

Conservative Samizdat on August 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM

What on earth is the matter with this guy. It’s like he goes out of his way to increase his bad image. There’s really something wrong with him. Some kind of mental or emotional problem!

jeanie on August 29, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Why bother with the “United States” fiction anymore? These people view the states as provinces of Washington. D.C.

The thing that is so offensive is the hypocrisy of attacking Arizona for reiterating federal law and directing its LEOs to enforce it.

flataffect on August 29, 2010 at 3:36 PM

He must know that as soon as a Republican Congress is sworn in, they will begin investigations. He must have some escape planned; Moo’s vacations to Europe likely have a more practical purpose.

Drusilla on August 30, 2010 at 10:55 PM