MICHAEL GOODWIN: Bending Over Backwards to Be Fair to Latinos

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Published June 21, 2010

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Oops, she did it again. Hillary Rodham Clinton opened her mouth and out came a gaffe. It was a Washington gaffe, meaning she accidentally told the truth.

In Ecuador, the secretary of state blasted the Arizona immigration law and said in a TV interview that the Justice Department "will be bringing a lawsuit against the act."

That was news to Arizona, and feisty Gov. Jan Brewer promptly let Clinton have it. "This is no way to treat the people of Arizona," she said. "To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorian interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous."

Indeed it is, and it fits a pattern of pandering to foreign opinion. Recall that Democrats in Congress gave the president of Mexico a standing ovation when he denounced the Arizona law.
Even worse, Washington's policy of refusing to enforce immigration laws is forcing state and local governments into contorted and expensive reactions.

A Nebraska town wants renters to prove they are in the country legally, and Port Chester, N.Y., was forced to swallow a goofy voting scheme that makes sense only if the aim is to erase the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.

Under the plan, imposed by a federal judge in response to a 2006 Justice Department civil-rights suit, each voter in the board of trustees election got six votes. A voter could give all six votes to one candidate, or divide them among several.

The reason: No Latinos had ever been elected to any of the six at-large seats in the suburban town, even though they make up nearly half of the population of 28,000.

That's because many of the Latinos are here illegally, so they can't vote. No matter. The cockeyed voting system was put in place to satisfy a claim of discrimination based on their total numbers, as though immigration status has no consequence to election results.

The judge's ruling didn't just cover the complicated ballot, written in both Spanish and English. CBS News said the town held 12 educational forums on the election, six in each language, and that voting machines had 114 different levers next to candidate names.

It said T-shirts, tote bags and lawn signs about the election were required by the Justice Department and everything, including reminders sent home with students, had to be in both English and Spanish and approved by bureaucrats.

Taxpayers were robbed, with the town spending $300,000 on the process and maybe $1 million in legal fees -- all for an election in which 3,000 people voted. The turnout was about 25 percent of registered voters, the same as in previous elections.

But cheer up: A Latino candidate won.

So it goes in America, circa 2010, where the principle of one-man, one-vote is tossed overboard to rig an election.

Michael Goodwin is a New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor. To continue reading his column, click here.

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