Monday, August 30, 2010
Gov. Jan Brewer’s office is “condemning¯ a U.S. State Department report to the U.N. Human Rights Council because it mentions Arizona and Senate Bill 1070.
Brewer, in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is asking that the paragraph referring to the state’s tough new immigration law be removed.
The 29-page report, a first by the Obama administration, is designed to show the nation’s commitment to human rights and, according to the report, areas “where problems persist in our society.¯
It notes that the Arizona law is being addressed in a court action and reiterates that it is the federal government’s contention that it has sole authority to set and enforce immigration law.
Brewer’s office, however, says the law’s mere inclusion is “downright offensive¯ because “human rights, as guaranteed by the United States and Arizona Constitutions, are expressly protected in SB 1070.¯