But only when it suits them, of course. They overlook the fact that respect for law depends on it being enforced — and enforced impartially. With law enforcement as arbitrary as they want, there would be as much respect for law in America as there is in Mexico — and we can see any day the chaos and poverty resulting from that

A coalition of Latino groups, liberal activists and labor unions have written President Barack Obama asking him to scrap agreements between the federal government and local police departments that allow them arrest illegal immigrants.

The groups — which include the American Civil Liberties Union, National Council of La Raza and United Methodist Church — asked Obama to nix 287(g) agreements with local law enforcement agencies. That includes an agreement with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has used that authority to raid businesses suspected of employing undocumented workers, make arrests and pick up suspected illegal immigrants on crime sweeps.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said earlier this summer the Obama administration plans to rework the 287(g) agreements to focus on picking up fugitive criminals. Arpaio argues that change would weaken their effectiveness.

The ACLU and other critics say the sheriff uses the power to unfairly target and arrest Hispanics, which takes away resources from other policing arenas. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of racial profiling.

Other groups signing the letter include the National Immigration Law Center, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Service Employees International Union, Code Pink Arizona, the Anti-Defamation League, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Unitarian Universalist churches and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

The San Francisco-based Ella Baker Center was founded by [black Marxist] Van Jones, special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Fox News Commentator Glenn Beck has criticized Jones far-left political views.