(Videos follows excerpts and comments below)
Flashback to Yesterday May 12, 2010 (AG Holder at Youth Conference in California)
“My question is whether or not it will ultimately be effective in this way. I think the potential for racial profiling is certainly increased by the passage of such laws. That then leads to the potential driving of a wedge between the communities law enforcement is trying to reach out to…”
Flash forward to 24 hours later May 13, 2010 (AG Holder answering questions at a House Judiciary Committee):
When asked if he had read the Arizona immigration law:
“I have not had a chance to — I’ve glanced at it.”
Responding to a question from Congressman Poe (R-TX) about how he could have constitutional concerns about a law he has not read:
“Well, what I’ve said is that I’ve not made up my mind. I’ve only made the comments that I’ve made on the basis of things that I’ve been able to glean by reading newspaper accounts, obviously, television, talking to people who are on the review panel…looking at the law.”s
“I’ve just expressed concerns on the basis of what I’ve heard about the law.”
I object – that’s hearsay your Honor!
We understand the reasoning behind the passage of Arizona’s law, as well as the dangers with the law going forward (and not just for Hispanics in the United States), but this is more an issue of the top prosecutor in the country and his willingness to make public comments on the constitutionality of a law and whether the law violates civil rights without having read it in any serious capacity.
How can an attorney general of the United States of America suggest that the Arizona law is unconstitutional based on what he saw and heard people saying on television? As an attorney, you’d think he’d spend 5 minutes reading it if it’s such a big deal. Obviously, this isn’t about the law, it is about touting the party line.
We’ll be advised of Mr. Holder’s position on the law as soon as the “people” reviewing the ten page document brief him.
Watch the Flashback and Flash Forward Videos Below:
May 12, 2010: Eric Holder Suggests AZ Law May Be Unconstitutional and Violates Civil Rights :
May 13, 2010: Eric Holder Says He Has Not Read Arizona Law: