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Eric Holder on Immigration

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Trump Administration must change family separation policy

DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen: We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder: Who are we supposed to believe, you or our lying eyes. Laura Bush says it best "I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart."

Source: Twitter posting on 2018 Trump Administration , Jun 18, 2018

Feds can't force states to enforce federal immigration laws

Eric Holder traveled to California to promote a piece of legislation called SB 54 (aka. the California Values Act), which is designed to prevent the Trump administration from forcing local police departments to assist in the deportation of undocumented immigrants. Critics have said it would transform the whole of California into a so-called sanctuary state.

For the last few months, Holder has quietly been serving as outside counsel to the California legislature, working with Democrats to craft an aggressive legal response to what they consider President Trump's most threatening policies.

Holder explained why he thinks SB 54 is constitutional ("the federal government does not have the ability to force states to do things that are inherently federal in nature") and why, in his view, the Trump administration's threats to withhold federal funding in response aren't ("the federal government can't coerce states into doing something states don't want to do by threatening to withhold support").

Source: Yahoo News coverage of 2017 Trump transition , Jun 20, 2017

Cheered Mexican president denouncing Arizona immigration law

When Arizona passed its law authorizing the police during "lawful contact" to determine the status of an individual if there were a "reasonable suspicion" he was here illegally, Mexican President Calderon charged Arizona with opening the door "to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement."

Within days, Calderon was in the Rose Garden with Obama, attacking the Arizona law. When the Mexican president went before the Congress to charge that the law--which specifically prohibits racial profiling--"introduces racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement," the Democratic side of the aisle that included Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Janet Napolitano rose to cheer Calderon's defamation of the state of Arizona.

Source: Suicide of a Superpower, by Pat Buchanan, p.141 , Oct 18, 2011

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