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Posted by Andrew Roman on May 21, 2010

And so it was that Democrats stood up and vivaciously applauded the Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, for criticizing Arizona’s immigration law during his address to Congress yesterday. The donkeys showered him with love and appreciation for having the audacity (and courage, they would say) to attack the law of a sovereign state. There wasn’t a lefty in the house who wasn’t moved. There wasn’t a lib who didn’t secretly wish they could give Calderon a nice oil-based foot rub, or plant a big wet kiss right on his mug, after he spoke his piece. All of them – from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Vice President Joe Biden – were there, softly sighing and casting loving glances in Calderon’s direction as he went on about racial profiling and other falsehoods.

It was memorable – in that “I had a root canal but the anesthesia didn’t take” sort of way.

That a foreign head of state – a guest of this country – should step foot on our soil and harshly criticize our immigration policy in front of the nation’s legislative body is bad enough. That Democrats should give him a standing ovation after he dumped on the American people for upholding laws that pale in comparison to the stringent immigration laws of Mexico is disgraceful.

The name of the game is hypocrisy.

It’s a word that gets a real workout these days, because too many people – especially libs – confuse inconsistency with hypocrisy.

In this case, however, there can be no mistake that Calderon is dealing text-book, dye-in-the-wool hypocrisy.

In speaking with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s Situation Room about the Arizona law, Calderon said:

In Arizona, there is some racial profiling criteria in order to enforce the law that is against any sense of human rights. And, of course, it’s provoking very disappointing opinion in Mexico and around the world, even here in America. To introduce these kinds of elements, especially racial profiling aspects that are attempting against what we consider human rights, it’s a principle of discrimination which is against the values of this great nation.

He is patently incorrect, of course. The law specifically prohibits racial profiling.

But when asked by Blitzer if Mexican police actually went around asking to see the papers of people they suspect of being in Mexico illegally, Calderon took a page from the “It’s Okay For Me, But Not For You” playbook (popularized by Al Gore), and said, “Of course.”

And when asked if those who enter Mexico by its southern borders – Nicaraguans and Guatemalans, for example – can get a job in Mexico once they’re in the country, Calderon responded, “No. If somebody do that without permission, we send back them.” (literal transcription, folks).

But the real questions here are: How exactly do Mexican authorities determine whose papers will be checked? What could lead a Mexican police officer to “suspect” someone of being in that country illegally?

Profiling, perhaps?

Considering that being Hispanic is an ethnicity, not a race, wouldn’t it be a literal case of “racial profiling” for Mexican police to, say, stop a white man who looks like he could be from America (or anywhere) since he does meet the “profile” of a native Mexican? After all, most Mexicans are not Caucasian. Thus, isn’t it reasonable for Mexican authorities – who have the right to enforce their own nation’s immigration policies – to use race (among other criteria) to weed out illegals in their country?

Here in America – where the citizenry is comprised of a veritable epidermal rainbow – the new Arizona immigration clearly states that there will be no racial profiling. 

There are no such provisions in the Mexican immigration statutes.

The reality is: the overwhelming vast majority of illegals in this country come from Mexico, our neighbor to the south.

That’s not a “racial” statement. That’s a statement of fact.

Calderon, however, is correct on one point: America does discriminate … between legal and illegal, that is.

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