Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pablo Alvarado: Is Obama an Accomplice in Arizona's Human Rights Crisis?

Pablo Alvarado: Is Obama an Accomplice in Arizona's Human Rights Crisis?

Up until now, the rancid anti-immigrant atmosphere created by Republicans has left the president free to triangulate his position on the issue. As long as the administration shows a hair's width more compassion, the Democrats assume they've secured the Latino vote.

One place that assumption will be put to the test is in Maricopa County, Arizona. In the state that codified discrimination this Spring and most recently banned affirmative action as of the elections, the administration appears to be talking from both sides of his mouth.

On one hand, President Obama took the politically courageous (if not constitutionally obligatory) step to file suit in Arizona against SB 1070.

On other hand, he has massively ramped up the very policies which created the political conditions for 1070's passage in the first place. Most significantly, he has failed to reign in Joe Arpaio -- a Sheriff who now puts the US on the map with human rights offenders from far corners of the world.

Is Obama an accomplice to Arpaio?

What was once considered federal inaction may now look like federal intention.

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