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McCain Blasts Comments Comparing Ariz. to China

Wednesday, 19 May 2010 12:54 PM

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is expressing deep anger at comments by an Obama administration official who criticized Arizona’s new immigration law.

McCain’s remarks came after he and fellow Arizona Republican Sen. John Kyl wrote a letter to the official -- Michael Posner, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor – complaining about his statements.

McCain told CNSNews.com that it was “outrageous” for Posner to “compare” Arizona’s immigration law with China’s “human rights abuses.”

At a press conference Friday following a meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials on human rights issues, Posner was asked if the participants discussed the Arizona law.

“We brought it up early and often,” Posner said.

“It was mentioned in the first session as a troubling trend in our society and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination or potential discrimination. And these are issues very much being debated in our own society.”

McCain was outraged.

“Well, we wrote in the letter to Mr. Posner -- who I understand has not read the law -- that it’s outrageous to compare a law that may be somewhat controversial but is certainly not unconstitutional, with the human rights abuses that the Chinese have been inflicting on the Chinese people, including Tibet [and other] parts of China where there continues to be oppression and repression,” he told CNSNews.com.

“To compare that with a law passed by the people of Arizona in a constitutional fashion is insulting,” said McCain.

The law requires police officers to question a person about his/her immigration status during a "lawful stop" if there is "reasonable suspicion" that the person is here illegally.

Posner is part of “the liberal elite” that does not know the difference between “a state acting in a constitutional fashion and a regime that’s responsible for the deaths of millions of its citizens,” McCain said.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offered her own criticism of the Obama administration on the issue.

"Arizonans have the courage to do what the Obama administration has failed to do in its first year and a half in office -- namely secure our border and enforce our federal laws," she wrote on Facebook.

"And as a result, Arizonans have been subjected to a campaign of baseless accusations by the same people who freely admit they haven't a clue about what they're actually campaigning against."

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