Robert Knight

Oh, that Arizona. What a handy thing to have in your transnational quiver for those times when you want to identify with the tyrants of the world.

“We brought it up early and often,” State Department official Michael Posner said of Arizona’s recently toughened immigration law. And to whom was he talking? Just Communist Chinese officials – about human rights violations.

And why not? The Obama Administration has practically declared war on Arizona for daring to defend the border that the feds will not secure. Arizona has become liberal shorthand for “racist,” “xenophobe,” or “bigot.”

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Posner, assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor at the State Department, was part of discussions last week with the Chinese, and he felt their pain over reminding them of little things like forced abortions, murdered priests, padlocked churches and tortured dissidents. To make them feel better about themselves and so we wouldn’t sound so preachy, he volunteered that the U.S. delegation regarded Arizona’s new law as part of “a troubling trend in our society” toward “discrimination or potential discrimination.” The U.S. delegation also helpfully accused their own country of being unfair to “Muslim Americans in an immigration context.”

With friends like these… wait a minute. He’s not just a backstabbing “friend.” He is representing us. He speaks for the American people. Not Arizonans, maybe, but the rest of us.

Posner is just one of several Obama Administration officials to use Arizona as a punching bag. Obama himself led the pack with this gem at an Iowa community college on April 27: “You can imagine if you are a Hispanic American in Arizona, your great, great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state. But now suddenly if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to be harassed, that’s something that could potentially happen.”

The law specifically requires that a crime other than illegal immigration be suspected before people are asked for their identification. And it prohibits racial profiling.

Remarks like the President’s are designed to appeal to left-wing groups like La Raza (“the Race”), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the editorial board at The New York Times. Now that the Administration has used this ploy with the Chinese, we can only imagine what they’re telling their socialist friends in Europe.

Another disturbing trend: Administration officials admitting that they haven’t read the law.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.