Congressional Democrats stand & applaud Calderon over AZ law criticism

Posted by: ST on May 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Yesterday, President Obama – on the WH lawn – stood in solidarity with Mexico’s President Calderon against Arizona’s new immigration law. Today, it was Democrats who stood up and applauded Calderon’s remarks against the bill during a joint session of Congress:

More, via The Hill:

Mexican President Felipe Calderon condemned Arizona’s tough, new immigration law during a joint session speech Thursday to Congress.

Calderon said the Arizona law, which is meant to stem the tide of illegal immigrants into the state, primarily from Mexico, “introduces a terrible idea that uses racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement.”

“I am convinced that a comprehensive immigration reform is crucial to securing our common border,” the Mexican president told lawmakers in both parties gathered for the speech. “However I strongly disagree with your recently adopted law in Arizona.”

Democrats stood and applauded Calderon’s remarks at that point in the speech, while many Republicans remained seated, with no applause.

A lot of Congressional Republicans didn’t even attend the speech:

The schism was apparent Thursday, as so few Republicans showed up for Calderon’s address that four of the seven and a half Republican rows in front of Calderon, about 40 seats, were filled largely by student pages.

Calderon offered blistering comments about the Arizona law, which is slated to go into effect July 29. It would permit law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons. Obama has said the Justice Department will review the law.

“I strongly disagree with the recently adopted law in Arizona,” the Mexican president said, as most Democrats stood and cheered. He denounced it as “a terrible idea using racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement.”

Republicans reacted strongly.

“It’s inappropriate for a head of state to question our laws, especially when the state of Arizona only acted in the best interest of its citizens and with the support of 70 percent of its people,” said Hatch, a senior Senate Judiciary Committee member.

Well, we’ve finally found something our President and the Democrats in Congress will stand up for: a foreign “leader” – one whose own country has tough immigration laws similar to our own federal laws on the issue – slamming and demagoguing a state law on immigration that … essentially mirrors our federal law, and has many similarities to Mexico’s laws as well.

What a despicable, disgraceful lot. All of them.

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30 Responses to “Congressional Democrats stand & applaud Calderon over AZ law criticism”


  1. kristin says:

    I watched snippets of the speech this morning, and I have to say that I don’t personally think it was appropriate for a foriegn leader to come into our country, our house and slam our laws. It’s our country, and they shouldn’t have any pull on our policies, especially considering we have no pull on theirs.

    Furthermore, they shouldn’t criticize for something that is very near their own laws. Talk about hypocritical.

    And all the progressives giving him a standing ovation… really, he didn’t say anything extraordinary or anything, and the whole thing stunk of One World Government.

    I thought our founding fathers wanted Sovreign nation. The whole thing might as well have been a slap in the face to the great men and women who gave their lives to form what our country should be.

    I am very dissappointed in our president, and all our elected officials for allowing this kind of disrespect for our country to happen in our own house.

  2. Mary says:

    NPR is reporting that Calderon isn’t fighting the Sinoloa drug cartel on their turf. It’s got to be bad if Not Particularly Relevant is actually paying attention and reporting something real

  3. mike191 says:

    The Deli lama has to go by trash bins ,while The president of Mexico trashes Arizona eating a feast at our expense.To the Mexican leader: clean up your Narco Nation, stop lecturing our Nation and go to hell.Moreover, to all those applauding Dems the elections of 2010 are the start of cleansing the filth that you are.

  4. Xrlq says:

    If memory serves, Mexico’s immigration laws are much harsher than ours.

  5. Vince says:

    Do not these demtards NOT know the whole freakin’ nation is watching them kowtow to this Chaves wannabe? Do they really believe that if they suck up to the beanbaggers they will be re-elected (NOT). I’d bet not more than 2% of these macaroons even read all ten pages of a bill that is simple enough that even they could understand!
    Pick up the chant: COME ON NOVEMBER!!!

  6. Lew says:

    Obama could care less about this guy. This is another distraction. While everyone is talking about Calderon’s remarks, look to Obama’s inter-circle.That’s where the real action is. This whole show was a distraction.
    When Calderon eases restrictions on people in Mexico, then he can talk about Laws in the United States. Till then he’s just a noise.

  7. Helene says:

    Since the Pres of Mexico and Obama believe in open boarders, how do they plan to pay for the health care, schools, etc.? Will Mexico start sending Arizona money to pick up the tab? Will we have toll booths set up to collect money to give to Arizona hospitals,schools?

  8. Kate says:

    This is the kind of tripe liberals love…if they can’t get the people in this country behind their lie, they enlist a foreign leader. Big F-ing Deal…as Biden would say.

    Let’s ask some poor Honduran who gets beat half to death and deported post haste as he illegally enters Mexico’s southern border!

  9. Wonder why he didn’t mention his country’s harsh laws against illegal immigration? That’s right, he’s an Obamaite.

  10. Shifty Jack says:

    can we hang the democrats in congress for sedition yet?

  11. Carlos says:

    “The whole thing might as well have been a slap in the face to the great men and women who gave their lives to form what our country should be.”

    It was a slap in the face for what our country once was, and both the jackasses in Congress and the president are a slap in the face for what this country is becoming.

    Democrats compassionate? Empathetic? For the little guy? Hardly. More like they are for running social experiments on those they consider lab rats (that’s everyone but them) as long as they take no blame for all the failures. They can’t take credit for any successes because, in the thousands of times socialism has been tried, there hasn’t been a repeatable success.

    And Senor Calderon is as big a jackass as anyone here in the states, with the possible exception of Duh-1.

    If Mexico wasn’t such a bleeding hemorrhoid the people wouldn’t be trying to escape. Clean up your own house, sir, then come and talk to us.

  12. Everyone who stood and applauded Mexico’s President Calderon should be voted out of office and he should be deported. Today’s liberals have no place in American politics. Why can’t Barack Obama bring himself to defend America and the Constitution? Why is no one in the U.S. Congress calling for his Impeachment?

  13. thomas mc donnell says:

    the head of a foreign state stands up in the seat of our government and tells the american people i’m colonizing your country and don’t you dare try to do anything to stop it. instead of booing him off the floor our elected representatives give him a standing ovation. it should tell the american people that they stand with the colonizer againist the will of the majority of the american people. if this doesn’t motivate the people to get out and actively work to remove these people from office nothing will.

  14. DaveGhourd59 says:

    DISGRACE! All I have to say! Obama should not be kissing Mexico’s butt and Calderon needs to go back to Mexico and clean his own yard before he tells us what to do here!

    Who do these people think they are that they can just sneak into and even force their way into the country?
    Many people go through the immigration system correctly why is it that these people can’t follow the law too? Are they special?

    I read a post about this topic the author tries to twist the reality and make this about race:

    Notice in the comments people that support the law are slandered and called racist for supporting basic immigration law.
    And those who don’t support the law cry racism and “feel sorry” for the mexicans.

    When will these illegal people realize that insulting the US govt and citizens is not going to grant them citizenship?

    Normally 2 year olds think screaming and being violent will make them get their way but these are adults breaking the law and they KNOW better.

  15. Xerocky says:

    What the govt. of Mexico is doing is in fact in violation of internaional law. They have no right to try to influnece the inner workings of our country, or any other for that matter.
    I could go on about how he should try instead to improve his own country,but those points have already been made.
    I’ll just say that what those democrats were applauding was the demise of their own party, as the American People will not stand for this any longer. The polls show that most people support the law in Az, and for that matter the Federal law. The only question is: Why won’t they enforce it?

  16. Janelle says:

    Seems to me that if you gave anyone of that group an ex-lax, their head would cave in.

  17. DIANE says:


    The democrat party is the party of socialists!!! They all should be charged with Treason.

  18. valerie tarantolo says:

    Why are the Americans not enraged that their elected officials (the democrats) stood up and applauded Calderon whilst he bashed America. What is happening to the Americans that they would allow their politicans to clap for someone who trashes their country??? The dems that stood and applauded must be voted out of office, for they do not have the interest of the people or thecountry at heart

  19. When the Congress, elected representatives of our country, refuse to secure our borders and encourage millions of foreign born people to immigrate here illegally, and stand and applaud when the leader of that country criticizes a sovereign state of the US for trying to secure its borders with a law identical to US federal law, it might be time to consider the option of a military coup.

    Our Congress is the biggest danger to America today, bigger than even the illegal immigrants, or for that matter even a bigger threat than Islamic radicals. By definition, they are traitors, and I’m wondering if the military does not in fact have the obligation to forcibly remove them for the sake of the country and the people of the US.

    I know there are those who would warn that that would be a dangerous precedent, but I think we’ve gone too far beyond the point where that would ordinarily be a legitimate concern.

  20. Gene Blackman says:

    Please name Congress Members who stood up to applaud the Mexican President attack on AZ

  21. K Rathbone says:

    Please name Congress Members who stood up to applaud Calderons’ attack on the US and Arizona. I really want to know if our local Congressman was on his feet, or if he stayed seated.

  22. M Trueb says:

    Have any of these democrats ever been pulled over in Mexico by armed policeman or military officials (for no reason) and been made to pay them off or get thrown in jail? Have they ever seen how the native Indians are treated by Mexicans and the Mexican government? Their politicians are corrupt beyond belief. No wonder the democrats felt such an affinity for Calderon.

  23. The Democrats are seriously on the wrong side of this issue, and they’ve going to find that out in 2010 and 2012.

    It’s pretty simple, really. If you don’t want to like Arizona’s law SB1070, ok don’t like it. If you think it violates civil rights, then design your own law that gets rid of illegal aliens.

    But you don’t cheer the President of Mexico while he denounces it on the floor of the U.S. Congress!

    The Sister is right, they’re “a despicable, disgraceful lot. All of them.”

  24. James says:

    Names of those standing should be published so that the american citizen can make calls, vote them out of office, and maybe even charge them for treason.
    I know who 4 were, biden, pelosi, holder, and napolitano

  25. Lee Thomas says:

    In 2001, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled again, in United States v. Santana-Garcia, 264 F.3rd 1188.

    the Court said, “federal law ‘evinces a clear invitation from Congress for state and local agencies to participate in the process of enforcing federal immigration laws.’”

    Although the regulation of immigration is unquestionably an exclusive federal power, it is clear that this power does not preempt every state activity affecting aliens. De Canas, 424 U.S. at 354-55, 96 S.Ct. at 935-36.

    The more I dig into the law and cases the more I am finding that our Law Professor turned President is treading on dangerous ground. He is refusing to uphold the law and is threatening Arizona for upholding the law.

    Then he has the audacity to talk about Extremism preventing Democrats and Republicans from working together.

    I would think a President not upholding the constitution is rather extreme.

  26. Carlos says:

    James, you could add Obama to the list except he only bows and kisses tush.

  27. tony says:

    this whole thing is a DISTRACTION. just as north korea and iran point to the USA as the great satan who is ruining their “paradise on earth” this is a way to get the people to focus on something that should be noted but is not the major issue to be attentive to.
    more importantly, what is the congress up to? what agenda item of BHO & Co. going to slide through while we are all PO’s at the dems and caldoron?

  28. I have heard a lot more individuals discussing that the law is Unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause. The Supremacy Clause forbids state and local laws that contradict federal laws in matters exactly where the federal government has authority to act.
    Once again it only applies in situations exactly where the law contradicts the current law. Arizona’s law requires that State/Local authorities hand over suspect illegals to the proper federal authorities. Maybe you have forgetten (since we haven’t enforced these laws) but it’s still a crime to enter our country illegally.
    But as long as we are talking about Constitutionality let’s talk about the Commerce Clause from the Constitution (Article I, Section 8). This clause prohibits states and localities from passing laws that burden interstate or foreign commerce by, among other things, creating “discriminations favorable or adverse to commerce with particular foreign nations.”
    Boycotting Arizona is UNCONSTITUTIONAL so knock it off already. Also to the Arizona government, how about we step up and actually file suit against these cities?