Merriam-Webster defines profiling as “the act of suspecting or targeting a person on the basis of observed characteristics or behavior.” A definition that could apply to remarks made by President Barack Obama on Tuesday when speaking to supporters in California.
“As I was getting a tour of DreamWorks, I didn’t ask, but just looking at faces I could tell there were some folks who are here not because they are born here, but because they want to be here,” Obama told attendees.
“I didn’t ask, but just looking at their faces…”
It’s easy to imagine the firestorm that would erupt had a conservative politician made such a comment. The left has long charged that profiling is commonplace on the rare occasion when America does enforce its immigration laws and they would have jumped on the opportunity to drive home their point.
What many will miss is that Obama seems to be saying there are no barriers in coming to America, providing those coming “want to be here” — assuming their ethnic group votes overwhelmingly Democratic.
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