'Glenn Beck': Arizona Immigration Debate Pits Equal Justice vs. Social Justice

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," April 26, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: All right, let's define the discussion we're about to have as our leader would say, "Let me be clear." What I've said in the past is that there is a difference between legal and illegal immigration. There is a difference between legal and illegal.

This is Allegra D — no, it's actually crack cocaine, but I get it from a doctor, so it's OK.

Allegra — drugs. Pot — drugs.

I have a problem with drugs! No, no, no — I have a problem with illegal drugs, not prescription drugs. I don't want to ban all drugs.

Prescription drugs are good for you when you used by prescription and follow advice of the doctor — bad otherwise. Got it?

Immigration, good. Illegal immigration, bad.

President Obama couldn't resist the temptation to attack Arizona's new illegal immigration law as unfair and irresponsible. Here he is:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others. And that includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans as well as the trust between police and their communities that are so crucial to keep us safe.


BECK: It's unbelievable. I mean, it's unbelievable.

If we are going to have a president assailing every branch of government and every state law that disagrees with his position, we're headed for a constitutional crisis here.

Al Sharpton of course has been sent down in Arizona to stoke the fires of fairness and justice as well:


REV. AL SHARPTON, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST: It's our moral obligation to stand against this profiling in Arizona, just as we stood against it in New Jersey. Make no mistake about it. This is not a fight between minorities. This is a fight for justice and fairness for everyone.


BECK: OK — notice that he feels it necessary to inject this is not a fight between minorities. Why would you have to mention that? Because he knows full well that the vast majority of African-Americans are passionately against illegal immigration.

This is not to demonize those who are coming here illegally. I want to make this clear. I have a problem with illegal immigration. But the problem I have — the least problem I have is with the actual illegal immigrant. It's with our government not enforcing our own laws and the businesses. Let's just keep this in proper context.

The same can be said for the Hispanics who have come here legally. They are not necessarily thrilled that they did it the right way. They sacrificed their time, their money and their effort. Why would you want to be lumped in with those who break the rules and the law? But they're kind of in a jam, because a lot of their family is down in Mexico.

I do agree with Al Sharpton this is a fight for justice and fairness for everyone: equal justice.

America, this is what you have to understand: equal justice, not social justice. Equal justice of the law demands that law-breakers not be rewarded for their illegal activity, that instead they be treated like everyone else.

Equal justice.

If there is a reason to suspect that you're in this country illegally, why wouldn't I ask? Again, Al Sharpton on the Arizona law:


SHARPTON: Then we will bring people from around the country to Arizona to be freedom walkers, where we will walk down the streets with no ID and submit ourselves to arrests. What is the difference between us and any Mexican or any Haitian?


BECK: The difference is legal citizens, as opposed to not legal citizens. Legal and illegal. Rule of law.

Citizenship is valuable. The Statue of Liberty says, "I hold my torch before its golden door." You don't put a golden door on an outhouse. You put it on someplace special.

Our citizenship is something to be cherished. And too many of us citizens don't cherish it anymore. We just think we're like everybody else, but we're not. We're not citizens of the world. We're citizens of the United States. At least, at least right now, we still are.

I'm proud of my citizenship. And I know those who have worked hard for theirs feel the same way. But Sharpton brings up yet another reason for the Arizona law to be adopted federally:


SHARPTON: Isn't it strange that those that hire illegal immigrants at almost slave wages are not perp-walked? We're not seeing anyone being punished for playing low-wage employees against those that are seeking to make a living. They're only perp-walking those that are seeking to feed their families.


BECK: You know, this is one place where Al Sharpton and I agree on. I'd like to see the businesses that are doing this perp-walk. But perp- walk is dishonest at best.

When illegals are rounded up, and they almost never do time, and they're usually not even deported, you know. They're booked and then they're lost in the system. I haven't seen them perp-walked.

This discussion needs to be about equal justice under the law. Equal justice, not social justice. And I'll give you more on that, next.


BECK: I was told that I needed to tell you that this is from Pronto Pizza. It's oregano. On 48th.

Today's discussion is about equal justice under the law — equal justice, not social justice. One of those two you will find in our Founding documents. The other, not so much.

Equal justice is when [Zeituni Onyango] — this woman comes to the United States and she comes here illegally and she gets deported.

Now, social justice dictates that because somehow or another, she's special, whether it's her medical condition, her position in life, her race, or maybe it's just because she happens to be President Obama's aunt that she gets to stay in the U.S. illegally, even after her request for political asylum was rejected in 2004.

Equal justice says she's got to go home.

Social justice says no, no, no.

Equal justice says that when a Democrat makes a ridiculous racist remark like this one:


VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH BIDEN: I mean, you got the first, sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man.


BECK: A storybook.

Equal justice would say when he said that, he should have been treated the same way as Jimmy the Greek was for saying something equally as stupid. But social justice dictates it's not.

Equal justice means if you live in the U.S. — I've got to be here legally. I can't commit identity theft and fraud and neither should illegal aliens.

Social justice says poor, minority from someplace else, have a separate understanding now with our government that you don't get. OK? That's the way it is. Social justice.

Social justice and equal justice. Because you're the aunt of the president and poor, I'm sorry, you still have to be deported. What equal justice means — it means enforcing our laws.

You know the statue of justice? She is blindfolded. She doesn't care if it's religion or race or whatever. Justice is blind. Stop using justice as a political weapon or for doing favors for those who agree with your ideology.

That's not what all of our relatives came here for. See, we are all immigrants. Immigration is good. Immigration renews us. Everybody who came here, you're here because somebody in your family a long time ago saved up enough to come here to escape whatever bad situation they were in. Most, if not all, were escaping some sort of social justice and they were fleeing toward equal justice.

How does it make any sense at all? How can we possibly be the beacon of hope and liberty as these people are looking at us from just across our own border or from around the world and they see us start to engage in not equal justice, but social justice.

Fairness for some.

You're too big to fail; you're too poor to leave. Isn't that the same kind of government that the immigrants have been trying to escape for 234 years now?

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