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Jorge Ramos Plays Race Games with SB 1070

Jedediah Bila

By Jedediah Bila

A family friend once told me that “You can’t argue logic with the illogical.” I’d like to add that you can’t argue truth with the dishonest.

Enter anchor Jorge Ramos of Noticiero Univision.

Ramos has become one of the Left’s leading critics of Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070. There are just a couple of little problems with his assessments. One – they’re wildly inaccurate. And two – they prove that he either hasn’t read the law or is intentionally misrepresenting it.

Ramos was recently a guest on The O’Reilly Factor. Here’s a segment of the conversation:

RAMOS: Let me finish. Just imagine what’s going to happen in Arizona with a law that promotes racial profiling. If I were right now in Phoenix or Tucson, Arizona, I could be detained by the police.

O’REILLY: That’s not true.

RAMOS: Simply because of my accent.

O’REILLY: No, you’d have to be involved in another police matter.

RAMOS: You have to let me finish. Simply because of the color.

O’REILLY: You’re wrong.

RAMOS: Simply because of the color of my skin.

O’REILLY: That’s wrong.

RAMOS: Or simply because . . .

O’REILLY: That’s (INAUDIBLE).

RAMOS: Or simply because of my accent.

O’REILLY: That’s not true.

If Ramos had read the law and/or wished to be honest, he would know and would have disclosed that SB 1070 explicitly prohibits racial profiling by including the following statement, among others: “A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not consider race, color or national origin in the enforcement of this section except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona constitution.”

Maybe Ramos knows exactly what SB 1070 says and chooses to paint it as he’d like to anyway.

Perhaps he took a page out of Holder or Napolitano’s book and didn’t bother to read the law before critiquing it.

Or maybe he chose to take a shortcut and listen to our President’s gross mischaracterization of the law in April: “ . . . but you can imagine if you are a Hispanic American in Arizona, your great, great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state. But now suddenly if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to be harassed . . . ” Not quite. The only way the Hispanic-American in Obama’s ice cream scenario would be asked to show identification is if he or she was first stopped for a legal infraction.

Our President’s ill-informed public statement with respect to SB 1070 was unacceptable. Ramos’s repeated misreporting of it for political purposes is equally detestable.

Ramos stated in April that SB 1070 “amounts to legalized racism in Arizona” and “reveals American society’s deeply rooted racism.” In June, he wrote that “Arizona’s new immigration policy, signed into law in April, only serves to foster the kind of racial prejudice that the South Africans rejected nearly a generation ago” and that “The answer to the U.S.’s immense immigration problem is not to . . . create the equivalent of an apartheid system in Arizona.”

Ramos has become the poster boy for race games on the Left, as he repeatedly labels opposition to lawlessness in Arizona as racist. It’s pathetic, it’s empty, and it’s painfully transparent.

According to a recent Rasmussen poll, “Voters by a two-to-one margin oppose the U.S. Justice Department’s decision to challenge the legality of Arizona’s new immigration law in federal court. Sixty-one percent (61%), in fact, favor passage of a law like Arizona’s in their own state, up six points from two months ago.” Ramos – like Obama – is as out of touch with reality as he is with the majority of Americans.

Although it’s not surprising, it is a disgrace that any member of the media would either speak without doing adequate research or unabashedly misrepresent legislation for political purposes. It’s even more of a disgrace that the current administration has hopped on board.

Kudos to Governor Brewer for standing strong in the face of so many absurd distortions.

Shame on Jorge Ramos, President Obama, and the rest of the political opportunists for turning fact into fiction for political gain.

Support Governor Brewer in prioritizing the safety and well-being of Arizonians by donating to keepazsafe.com.


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