SB 1070 and Operation Streamline Slammed in Draft United Nations Report

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Let's hear it for the U.N., and the Vatican...

The United Nations has posted the draft report on a review of the United States' human rights record, which recently took place in Geneva, Switzerland

Both SB 1070 and the U.S. Border Patrol's Operation Streamline are slammed in the draft, produced by a working group of the United Nations Human Rights' Council.

The report reads more like minutes of the three hour process, which took place on November 5.You can watch the review online in archived video from the UNHRC's Web site.

After giving its presentation, the U.S. delegation underwent a "dialogue" with representatives of 56 different delegations present.

Among the many issues raised was Arizona's infamous breathing-while-brown law SB 1070, and the U.S. was forced to explain itself regarding this bigoted legislation.

At one point, the draft relates that,

"The [U.S.] delegation then addressed questions regarding the Arizona immigration law. The Justice Department had challenged this law on grounds that it unconstitutionally interferes with the federal Government's authority to set and enforce immigration policy, and litigation is ongoing in which a federal judge has enjoined the law. The United States expressed its commitment to advancing comprehensive immigration reform."

Subjects raised during the review included everything from closing Gitmo and the death penalty, to torture committed under the administration of George W. Bush and the treatment of minorities.

The topic of immigration came up several times. The U.S. had to defend its treatment of undocumented aliens in its "immigration detention and removal process." Representatives made assurances about improving "immigration detention conditions," and decried "racial and ethnic profiling by local law enforcement officials," expressing the United States' commitment to ending the practice.

The blog Arizona's Politics made me aware of the fact the Vatican's representative to the UNHRC called for the end to Operation Streamline, which I wrote about in a recent cover story. OSL, as it's sometimes called, is a program wherein the federal government attempts to hit illegal border crossers with criminal penalties in addition to the process of removal.

Thanks to Arizona's Politics for sending me a link to its post, which you can see, here. The post also has a link to video of the Vatican's official observer to the U.N., Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, making his remarks. 

The Archbishop also called for the legalization of the undocumented in the U.S. 

"Over 10 million undocumented migrants live in a precarious legal situation and are exposed to a constant risk of having their human rights violated," said Tomasi. "These persons are normally integrated in the local economy but they are not legally integrated in the society."

So Tomasi urged the U.S. to begin the legislative process towards ending this human rights dilemma. Bravo, Archbishop. Couldn't have said it better myself.

This is the first, so-called "Universal Periodic Review" that the U.S. has undergone. All U.N. member states are required to submit to a review every four years. 

As I've blogged previously, both the ACLU of Arizona's executive director Alessandra Soler-Meetz and Phoenix civil rights activist Sal Reza of Puente traveled to Geneva to observe the proceedings.

I'm sure all the nativist naysayers out there will kvetch that other countries have far worse human rights records than the U.S. And they're right. But that's not the point.

The point is, we're supposed to set an example for the world on human rights, including the treatment of migrants. Unfortunately, Arizona's setting an example, just not an example fitting for a bastion of freedom and civil liberties such as the U.S.

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Just mention the U. N. and the nutcakes come running out from under their rocks. New World Order, Obama's stolen social security number, communists, UFOs, Elvis Presley is alive. All this before the liquor stores opened for the day.

Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza
Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza

This compliment to "Usadefender Daniel" came from "Jimmy" in Phoenix at equityct@yahoo.com,

"Thanks to Usadefender Daniel for objecting to the UN's intrusion into sovereign American affairs. They have no right to interfere. This invasion is being perpetrated by the Obama aka BARRY SOETORO New World Order factions.

If you post this, make sure you mention Obama's stolen Connecticut Social Security Number 042-68-4425. The blogsters can verify that by going to the U.S. Selective Service Verification website, typing in "Obama," SSN # 042-68-4425, with Date of Birth of August 4, 1961 (08-04-1961).

Anyone with half a brain knows that the SSN prefix "042" is an exclusive CT issue in the mid to late 1970s."

These Associates nationwide are really hammering home that stolen social security # stuff. It's getting serious, really serious.

Check out www.BadPhoenixCops.blogspot.co... for the latest on Phoenix police and government corruption.

That's www.BadPhoenixCops.com - where the TRUTH hurts!

HMG solo on the blog in Phoenix, online and on time.

diddyd
diddyd

My god lay off the crack pipe for a day or two. You post racist bull crap 24x7! Don't you have a bomb to make or a Nazi sign with Obam's face on it?

chicagonut
chicagonut

"Breathing while brown"? What utter BS propaganda. There is nothing bigoted about enforcing our immigration laws!

Tina
Tina

"OUR immigration laws"? What Arizona enacted bears little resemblance to OUR immigration laws.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

So Mark, what you're saying is that you carry your Birth Certificate around with you 24/7 just in case this "non-racist" law is enacted on you, right? Wait, YOU don't have to worry? Why is that? Because you don't "look" foreign? Which is where the racism comes in. Get it? Of course not.

Usadefender Daniel
Usadefender Daniel

Only a MORON would continue the lie about the intent of SB1070!

As for your reply above all I can say is you know not what a repressive government will do of its own people.

http://www.digitalsurvivors.co...

Communism, socialism, fascism and dictatorships do little to foster personal growth of its people no matter how much you try and justify it!

Too bad you can't ask the 110,000,000 DEAD at their hands of their communist captors!

But I see from your comment you admire these murderers just like Gilboy and Dodo Bird do!

USAdefender1

AnnoyedinSC
AnnoyedinSC

This is the United Nations report generated by the Human Rights Council who's members include China and Cuba. Wow... they really are good examples of countries who guard against Human Rights Violations. Amazing you are speaking ill of a law that in essence makes illegal what is already illegal under federal law. Are you worried that the local law enforcement will actually enforce this law whereas the federal government has been lax and not enforced the federal law? Perhaps the federal will win their suit and repeal this law... I guess next they will repeal all state laws regarding use of illegal substances, drugs, etc since that is already illegal under federal law. What? No? Hypocrite.

Tina
Tina

It's not lawful to enforce an unlawful law. Does that simplify things for you?

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Usadefender Daniel
Usadefender Daniel

We should be out of the UN. Bunch of MORONS who only wish to hurt the USA. Only MORONS like Dodo Bird, Gilboy, Reza and the rest of you would take a word they say serious.

P.S.

Dennis Gilboy,Do you remember this??“Daniel,Don't be a liar. I've never been to any March sponsored by the Communist party and you know that. You come on here and put people down and make up lies?”Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Thanks to DODO BIRD and your video you confirm my video that you were there!

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c... (half way down the page)So I ask you again Dennis Gilboy; were you at the communist sponsored event May 2009? Huh? Huh? Remember Gilboy cameras are always running!

USAdefender1

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Wow, some "evidence"... Some books on a table and suddenly he's attending "an event SPONSORED by the Communist Party"? Two problems with your "evidence:

1. There is nothing that shows that the table that you are so obsessed with showing the books on is at the same rally as Gilman.2. A booth from the Communist Party is probably at every single rally in the country where people are protesting the US way of governance, it's just the nature of things, they're everywhere.

Besides, who CARES if someone is at an event sponsored by the Communist Party? Was Gilman a featured speaker? Was he there as an organizer, an honored guest, an organizer of the event? No, he was there as a videographer, covering the event. You might as well say the cops and any reporters at the event were "there", it would be just as valid of a statement. Seriously, anybody still afraid of the boogeyman called Communism really needs to pull their heads out of their asses. The Commies aren't coming to get you, no matter what your grandpa told you. Cold War is over, Commies lost. It was 20 years ago, get with the times.

Usadefender Daniel
Usadefender Daniel

Mikey,

1. The pic that shows Gilboy and Reza at the event.2. Gilboy’s video puts him at the event.3. The communist booth is not at every single rally only rallies that attract MORONS!3. Gilboy claimed to has never been to a communist sponsored event I proved he lied.4. Gilboy is not a reporter or a cop he is a far left open border anarchist. Only a MORON would call him anything other than that except a liar of course.

Cuba, N. Korea, Laos, Vietnam and China will be happy no know that the commies lost 20 years ago!

Only MORONS believe that communism is DEAD and that it should not be feared!

USAdefender1

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

1. STILL doesn't say anything about the event being SPONSORED by the Communist Party.2. See #13. Well, It seems that YOU were there, so maybe you're right on this one.3.(Again? You do know how numbers work, right? This should be #4) You didn't prove shit, since you didn't prove that this was a Communist SPONSORED event.4.(Really 5 at this point, but I'll play along with your little game.) If he is documenting stuff an publishing it, then he is reporting it, no matter whether you like the stuff he is reporting or not.

//"Cuba, N. Korea, Laos, Vietnam and China will be happy no know that the commies lost 20 years ago!"//

Laos, Vietnam--- Whew, they weren't a danger to us when we sent our boys there by the THOUSANDS to die for nothing, and they aren't a threat now. Cuba? Have you watched the news ANY time in the last 2 years? Castro's brother is in charge and things are a-changin'. North Korea? Yeah, some moron with a Napoleon complex, gotta watch out for him, but he's not going to be invading our borders any time soon, no matter how long you promise to polish his knob if he DOES show up. China, there is 1 successful world power based on a Communist government. ONE. A single example.

As for Gilman being an anarchist, are you as confused about that term as you are about "sponsor", or do you have some actual evidence? Wait, scratch that. We've all seen your example of "evidence", and it's laughable.

//"Only MORONS believe that communism is DEAD and that it should not be feared!"//Ahhh, NOW we get to the root of it all, fear. You're a little fraidy-cat, that's what it is. You sit in the corner with your dolly and hope the big bad Commies don't kick in your door and get you. What a joke. And you're a "usadefender"? You'd turn and run like a scared little rabbit the second one of these dreaded commies came over the hill.

Charles Ward
Charles Ward

Tell us about your precious bodily fluids and the evils of fluoridation.

AmyMiami
AmyMiami

I am glad that UN see the human rights violations that are going on in US. This is really a shame that we who bash other countries violate the laws too. Comprehensive immigration reform would solve the problem fast, but who knows what will happen now with all the Republicans in power....

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