U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's chief law enforcement officer, has admitted to Congress that he has not read Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law.
Mr. Holder acknowledged to the [congressional] panel he hadn't read the law he was
criticizing, and he gave conflicting accounts on whether he had talked
to the team that was reviewing it.
Added the newspaper:
Asked Monday whether Mr. Obama had read the law, White House press
secretary Robert Gibbs said he believed Mr. Obama had asked for
information from his lawyers.
Hard to imagine that those two haven't done the most fundamental thing in dealing with the nation's hottest issue: immigration. They're probably too busy trying to figure out how to try terrorists in New York City.
Mr. Kobach, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City,
said Mr. Holder's admission will resonate.
"It's bad enough to just send him out to condemn a state law, period,"
said Mr. Kobach, who served in the Bush Justice Department. "It's even
more outrageous when he just goes out and just starts shooting his mouth
off without reading the law. It's like this Justice Department is
I think the Obama administration has a dilemma in trying to decide if it'll file a legal challenge to the law: Because it is so identical to the federal law, they may end up having to challenge both the federal and state laws. What a mess that would be.