Obama’s race-baiting

May 3, 2010 03:49

Democrats use fear-mongering to radicalize the Hispanic vote

From Washington times

President Obama has been denouncing Republicans who purportedly “exploited for political purposes” the issue of illegal immigration. He also has denigrated Arizona’s new illegal-alien law for threatening “to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans.” All this overheated rhetoric exposes Mr. Obama as the one who is cynically manipulating racial tensions for political purposes.

Mr. Obama’s Wednesday address in Ottumwa, Iowa, showed how the president is fanning the flames of ethnic discord. “This law that just passed in Arizona … you can try to make it really tough on people who look like they ‘might be illegal immigrants,’ ” Mr. Obama thundered. “One of the things that the law says is local officials are allowed to ask somebody who they have a suspicion might be an illegal immigrant for their papers. But you can imagine, if you are a Hispanic American in Arizona – your 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.”

Mr. Obama’s claims are as dangerous as they are dishonest. People won’t “be harassed” when taking their children out for ice cream because of what they “look like.” The law specifically bans picking up someone just for being Hispanic or originally from another country. Instead, anyone arrested for a crime must have his immigration status determined before being released. It thus is not only Hispanics who will be required to provide evidence of citizenship, but everyone – whites, blacks and Asians included – who have done something wrong.


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