In recent days, the right has been attacking Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for criticizing Arizona’s draconian new immigration law without having read the entire text of the bill. Now, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has employed a frog puppet to mock Napolitano and Holder in a newly released campaign video. Watch it:
While Holder and Napolitano should probably have read the bill, they were, as Andrea Nill writes on the Wonk Room, “likely briefed by someone who had read SB-1070 in detail.” Brewer’s video simply attempts to distract the public from the substantive problems with the legislation. Napolitano expressed legitimate concern that the law would stretch her department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s limited resources, because while ICE focuses on the “worst of the worst,” Arizona’s law “does not discriminate between an undocumented gardener and a dangerous drug cartel operative.” And Holder correctly cited the potential for “abuse” by law enforcement officials. Those who listen to Brewer’s puppet and read the text will see that while the law prohibits racial profiling, this provision is nearly impossible to enforce, as Section 2 vests in police officers “unbridled discretion” in establishing “reasonable suspicion” that someone is undocumented. Moreover, the childish video ironically shows Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) grilling Napolitano for not having read the bill, but fails to mention that McCain himself admitted he had not “had a chance” to read it.