Gregory Kane: Do Latinos take priority over whites in Arizona? 

America's open-borders crowd didn't just play the race card in the nation's latest immigration debate. This bunch whipped out an entire deck.

We have none other than the Revvum Al Sharpton himself -- who no one has described as "Mr. Racial Harmony" -- weighing in with these gems.

"The Arizona immigration bill is an affront to the civil rights of all Americans and an attempt to legalize racial profiling."

That one was from the April 25 edition of the Wall Street Journal. The following one is from Reuters:

"I am calling for the resignation and removal of Sheriff [Joe] Arpaio. Harassment based on color is nothing short of racial profiling, which many of us helped to fight to make against the law."

Sharpton was referring to the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. What's Arpaio's offense, in the good revvum's view? Why, taking our nation's immigration laws seriously, of course, and rounding up those who violate them. Here's more of Sharpton continuing his anti-Arpaio rant, taken from the Reuters story:

"Arpaio needs to be confronted. He needs to be removed. We also need to suspend the law that he is using. We must stand with our brown brothers and sisters."

Sharpton lives nowhere near Arizona. If you're wondering where he found the chutzpah to dredge up with this "we" stuff, you're not alone.

Sharpton isn't alone either, not when it comes to making spurious, knee-jerk charges of racism in the wake of Arizona passing a law that allows cops to question those legally stopped about their immigration status.

It's high time somebody pointed out the real racists in this controversy. And yes, that would be many of those making the charges of racism.

Frankly, I suspect much of the reaction comes from those who are worried about how their lawns are going to be cut if there's a mass deportation of illegal immigrants. (A word of advice: cut 'em your darned selves.)

Don't non-Hispanic Arizonans get any consideration? (Actually, I suspect that many of the reported 70 percent of Arizonans who support the law are Hispanic, which makes the racism of those screaming racism even more obvious and egregious.) One of those non-Hispanic Arizonans is a woman named Elisabeth Grey, who posted this comment in reaction to the Wall Street Journal story:

"I live in a Tucson neighborhood that is a major drug corridor. In the last four months there have been over 24 violent home invasions resulting in a number of deaths. It's harvest time now for marijuana in Mexico and Central America. We expect the number of deaths to increase.

"One of the other tragedies is human trafficking. 'Coyotes' bring vans overfilled with illegal immigrants across the border, and because the load is more than the vehicle is designed for, the vehicle will often roll, or go off the road, killing the innocent people on board."

What Grey is telling us is that, in Arizona, the illegal immigrant problem is now also a public safety problem. And police are allowed to make stops -- of people on the street and in vehicles -- when crime reaches an outrageous level. If those stopped in vehicles don't have proper identification, then any competent police officer will ask those people a string of questions to determine who they are.

Here's what the opponents of Arizona's new law are saying, and it's the most outrageously racist thing of all: Police should be allowed to ask anyone legally stopped about their identities except Hispanics.

Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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Examiner columnist Gregory Kane is an award-winning journalist who lives in Baltimore.

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