Have you read the Arizona law?It's rather shocking he would admit this, but perhaps he realized that by saying he had read the bill, while under oath in front of Congress, and after previously saying it was "divisive" and might as enacted lead to civil rights violations, he would likely get trapped in a lie causing more trouble.
ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL: I have not had a chance to, I’ve glanced at it. I have not read it.
As it stands, the mainstreamers are largely ignoring this story today. Just checked the front pages of CNN, ABC News, MSNBC, WaPo and NY Times and none of them have the story. ABC does have a video tease entitled "can strippers save schools?" and MSNBC has one entitled "balloon boy parents get balloon back". So apparently the Attorney General admitting in front of Congress that he hasn't read a 10 page bill his department might file suit against isn't newsworthy to them. As Holder surely could have figured.
But that said, the bill is somewhat troubling in how it federalizes Arizona police into doing the job of the Border Patrol/ICE. Even if police don't racially profile (and of course, all police in Arizona aren't white cops that look like they came from Adam-12) it won't stop the rights groups from clogging the courts with frivolous charges that they are, which could clog the system at large.
I continue to believe the law was more a flare sent up by the Arizona government over fiscal and logistical problems due to immigration in hopes it would get the national debate going to push for a fix. Sure enough, the public debate is back on immigration.
And I continue to believe that fixing the problem should include some kind of provision for illegal aliens to work and live in America temporarily presuming they travel back to the nearest border, obtain paperwork from US Consulates, then re-enter legally at an official border crossing with a worker visa. I'll even waive the fines if they do so before a set date.
Saying it's impractical to have them go back is interesting in that many traveled thousands of miles to reach far-flung US destinations and are sending thousands of dollars back home to relatives in the countries of their citizenship. Surely they can respect our laws enough to trouble themselves into making one more trip back to the border to get themselves legal if the provision is offered.
That sets up a situation where those who refuse to get legal before the deadline will be deported as soon as it becomes evident they are illegal. All future entrants would have to stop to get the paperwork at the border, and if they come across illegally after the one-time deadline, they're gone when caught. Liberals prize fairness--isn't that fair?