Su­ing Ari­zona

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

I was shocked to read that the law­suit filed by the United States against Ari­zona does not in­clude any men­tion of dis­crim­i­na­tion. Yet even be­fore they had read the pro­posed law, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in nu­mer­ous speeches and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder have said the Ari­zona law is dis­crim­i­na­tory. Obama even said in a re­cent speech that the Ari­zona laws al­lows for “third-gen­er­a­tion Mex­i­can Amer­i­can grand­par­ents to he ha­rassed by po­lice while tak­ing their grand­chil­dren out for ice cream.”

Why would the pres­i­dent and at­tor­ney gen­eral say these things when they al­ready know the Ari­zona law mir­rors fed­eral law? I can only con­clude that this type of rhetoric is meant to stir up the masses against each other for the po­lit­i­cal ben­e­fit of him­self and his party.

I wish the pres­i­dent would stop be­ing so di­vi­sive and be the pres­i­dent to all of the United States, in­clud­ing Ari­zona. Jim HougH

austin

By ini­ti­at­ing a law­suit against Ari­zona’s new im­mi­gra­tion law, it seems to me that the pres­i­dent is turn­ing his back on Amer­i­cans in fa­vor of il­le­gal aliens. Can this be any­thing but a trans­par­ent ef­fort to pan­der to His­panic Amer­i­cans to garner their votes?

Do­ing what’s right for his po­lit­i­cal party is OK as long as he doesn’t harm Amer­i­cans cit­i­zens in the process. God help Ari­zona, be­cause our pres­i­dent isn’t.

mike gautHier mgau­thier711@gmail.com

austin

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