Nikki Haley has the easiest job in the world. Her biggest challenge when she wakes up each morning as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is deciding which hypocrisy or grotesque distortion of the truth to expose that day.
On Tuesday, Haley took on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) for its condemnation of the United States for daring to enforce its immigration laws. In the opinion of the UNHCR, the decision by the United States to stop tolerating mass incursions of illegal aliens across our borders amounts to “criminalizing what should at most be an administrative offense” and “adopt non-custodial alternatives” to detaining adults who enter illegally in the company of children.
Notwithstanding the UNHCR’s opinion, under 8 U.S. Code § 1325, illegal entry can result in imprisonment for up to six months for a first offense and up to two years for subsequent attempts to enter the United States illegally.
But what really seemed to irk Ambassador Haley when she got out of bed on Tuesday was the U.N.’s “hypocrisy by calling out the United States while it ignores the reprehensible human rights records of several members of its own Human Rights Council.” The HRC is a body that currently includes such bastions of enlightened humanitarianism as Afghanistan, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Venezuela, to name just a few.
Just in case the UNHCR harbored any illusions that the United States would accede to its demands that we surrender our sovereign right to enforce immigration laws, Haley made it clear that that is not going to happen. “We will remain a generous country, but we are also a sovereign country, with laws that decide how best to control our borders and protect our people. Neither the United Nations nor anyone else will dictate how the United States upholds its borders,” she informed them.
Ira Mehlman joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. He writes for the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform.