Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ruben Navarrette Jr.: Arizona blocks the Senate door | The News Journal | delawareonline.com

Ruben Navarrette Jr.: Arizona blocks the Senate door | The News Journal | delawareonline.com

"We're trying to blame the state and they deserve it," he said, "but we should also blame the Obama administration. (President) Obama has talked about human rights in Egypt, but he hasn't said a single word about human rights abuses in Arizona."

And why does he think that is?

"It's political expediency," Reza said. "Obama doesn't want the tea party to run against him, so he's moving to the right. The Obama administration avoids dealing with (Maricopa County Sheriff Joe) Arpaio and they'll never confront Pearce."

Specifically, Reza believes that the Justice Department's investigation of Arpaio should have been wrapped up by now and resulted in an indictment. At the very least, he thinks Obama should use the bully pulpit to publicly condemn what seems to be happening now in Arizona: political intimidation and false arrest.

It's one of the newest chapters in the Arizona immigration drama -- and one of the darkest.

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