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Conservatives &Illegal Immigration Richard Falknor on 07 Oct 2009 08:28 pm

Puzzling MD GOP Supporters of Questionable Perez Pick

Yesterday the U.S. Senate, not unexpectedly, confirmed by a vote of 72-22 former Montgomery County councilman and sometime Casa of Maryland board president Thomas E. Perez to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.

What is surprising are the letters of support for Mr. Perez from two Maryland Republicans who played prominent political roles during the late Ehrlich administration. Former Maryland Republican Party chairman John Kane endorsed Mr. Perez; so did House of Delegates Republican leader Tony O’Donnell.

Two Republican Judiciary Committee Senators Evaluate the Perez Nomination

Ranking Judiciary Committee Republican Jeff Sessions told the Senate yesterday – –

“I am . . .concerned Mr. Perez will not be committed to fully enforcing our Nation’s immigration laws, some I have worked hard on. We need to create a lawful system of immigration. We cannot continue in this lawless method as we are, and one of the first things you do to reduce illegal immigration is you stop rewarding people who violate our laws to come here. He previously served as the President of the Board of CASA de Maryland, an immigrant advocacy organization that has taken some extreme views and been criticized by a number of people in the media. CASA de Maryland issued a pamphlet instructing immigrants confronted by the police to remain silent. CASA also promotes day labor sites. This is where people, often without lawful status, come and seek work and opposes restrictions on illegal immigrants receiving drivers licenses. He was President of the Board.”

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“I don’t believe establishing lawful rules of immigration or lawful rules for voting is unfair and contrary to civil rights. Indeed, they are a cornerstone. The law is civil rights in a true sense. So I am concerned, and we are going to be watching to ensure that the Civil Rights Division not be politicized. It must be above politics. It must work to protect the rights of all Americans regardless of their political party, their race, or background. Given the very political decisions apparently being made now in the Department of Justice, I think it takes someone committed to rising above this kind of activity and to right the ship.”

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“But I have to say, I think it is important that we have honesty in voting, I think it is important that we have a legal system that works with regard to immigration, and at this point I am not convinced Mr. Perez has demonstrated he has the will to do those things, and that is what troubles me about the nomination.”

Readers may read the Alabama senator’s remarks here and here and here.

Oklahoma’s junior senator Tom Coburn told his colleagues —

” . . . . 30 States have English-only language. The Justice Department this past spring and summer sent notification to the State of Oklahoma on a bill that was in the legislature, threatening the State of Oklahoma if they passed that bill. Well, 13 other States have identical bills, or laws, on what was being passed in the legislature in Oklahoma, and it will come to a vote of the people. So the legislature passed it, and it will come to the vote of the people this November. But they sent a threatening letter. They won’t answer our letter asking how many other States have you sent that letter to. They didn’t.”

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“Finally, we have the Justice Department refusing to answer questions about true voter intimidation and the dropping of a case where that occurred. You cannot be on both sides of the civil rights issue. You can’t say it is good over here but not over there. Denying people or manipulating voters has as great an impact on individual civil rights as any other thing.”

Readers can take in the force of Dr. Coburn’s  remarks here and here and here. The Oklahoma physician is deeply committed to the English language remaining a unifying cement of our culture.

The conservative blogosphere has been closely monitoring Mr. Perez’s nomination.

“Good Washington Times Editorial Today . . . It’s about the dubious nomination of Thomas Perez to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division. It mentions, among other things, his support for aggressive racial and ethnic admission preferences into medical school, to which Linda Chavez devoted an earlier column. He’s also a great fan of the disparate-impact approach to civil-rights enforcement, which likewise results in quotas, as I explain here. Indeed, he’s taken a position on firefighters and ‘diversity’ eerily similar to the one New Haven unsuccessfully defended before the Supreme Court this year.”

  • Lawyer Jennifer Rubin declared in Contentions – –

“The Perez nomination seems to confirm the worst fears that the Obama Justice Department is being packed with those who sport a radical agenda for civil rights. The Senate would do well to conduct an exacting review of Perez’s record and views before deciding if he really is the appropriate person to be charged with enforcing civil rights laws.”

Mr. Perez’s Maryland Republican supporters for this sensitive Department of Justice position, John Kane and Tony O’Donnell, doubtless have many skills and accomplishments. Now we see that their scope widens to assess the fitness of a senior official who may try to put much of his own stamp on how our elections are conducted and whether our immigration laws are enforced. Perhaps these two Free State politicians know something that down-home conservatives can’t grasp.

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