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Arizona State Senator Defends Her Actions Over International Court Complaint

Morgen on May 28, 2010 at 6:48 am

Jonathan Strong at the Daily Caller follows up on the story we broke the other day, about a group of legislators and other government officials from Arizona who collaborated with Mexican senators to lodge an official complaint over SB 1070 with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He was able to solicit a response from State Senator Amanda Aguirre, who led the U.S. delegation:

Conservatives have denounced Aguirre’s international law push, saying American lawmakers should be concerned with American laws.

For instance, the conservative blog Verum Serum said “It looks to me like this action may have violated the oath of office required of all elected officials in” Arizona, because the oath requires lawmakers to support the laws of Arizona.

Aguirre resents the criticism she has received. “I got two e-mails after my press release that I would consider hate emails. And questioning my patriotism I would always stand up for human rights. That’s the bottom line. My son is getting deployed to Afghanistan. This is the third tour. This is my only son. So for anybody to question my patriotism for this country is not acceptable. Because I’m very proud of my son. I’m very proud of this country. But I also will always stand for human rights.”

Let me say at the outset that I certainly respect and appreciate her son’s service to our country. But it seems a little unseemly at best for her to hold this up as a defense of her own actions, which presumably her son had nothing to do with.

She seems like an interesting character. On the one hand she is described as an “avid defender” of the border fence, on the other hand she collaborates with officials from Mexico to oppose a law from her own state intended only to reinforce existing federal immigration law.

On the one hand she says she is “very proud of this country”, but on the other she stands side-by-side with Mexican officials on U.S. soil to accuse her own government of violating human rights.

She is certainly entitled to her own opinion, but she is an official representative of the state of Arizona and was clearly not acting in a private capacity. If she opposes the law there is a mechanism for challenging it in the U.S., and she must be aware that several court challenges are already underway.

But to stand with officials from Mexico (a country I might add whose own record on human rights is deplorable) and denounce her own country, this was an exercise in poor judgement at best.

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