Both of Arizona’s Republican senators demanded that a top United States diplomat apologize for reportedly comparing the state’s aggressive new immigration laws to a number of China’s alleged human rights violations.
During a press briefing on Friday regarding a recent meeting between Chinese and U.S. diplomats, Michael Posner, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Democracy, said Arizona’s new law stands as "a troubling trend in our society and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination."
Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Kyl(R-Ariz.) responded with a letter May 18, demanding that Posner retract his statement and apologize for misrepresenting the new measure, according to Politico.com.
"You seemed to imply [the Arizona law] is morally equivalent to China’s persistent pattern of abuse and repression of its people," they wrote. "To compare in any way the lawful and democratic act of the government of the state of Arizona with the arbitrary abuses of the unelected Chinese Communist Party is inappropriate and offensive."
Meanwhile, Bureau of Democracy spokesman P.J. Crowley told Fox News that Posner was actually "standing up" for America by describing the manner in which debate is conducted in a "civil society."