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Tweet of the moment: The irony of the hero intern

Jan Brewer now honoring Daniel Hernandez as hero, which he is.

- @Karoli

What if Daniel Hernandez were a DREAM Act candidate? would she honor him then?

- @Karoli


Of course, it's not the only tweet of the moment concerning Daniel Hernandez, the 20-year-old, openly gay Latino intern who is credited with saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, his boss, on Saturday in the Tucson shooting rampage that left six dead and many others injured.

Perhaps the most popular tweet of many tonight, when Hernandez appeared on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, came from the certified account of filmmaker-activist Michael Moore, @MMFlint: "20yr old Daniel Hernandez credited w/ saving Rep. Giffords life. "Hernandez?" Is that legal? Arizona, have u checked his papers?"

But then Moore already gets plenty of attention. The tweet above came from a lesser-known but avid Twitter user and blogger named Karoli who, like others captured by the story, saw irony in it. Hernandez, who is dark-skinned, was honored today in Arizona by Brewer, the governor who signed SB 1070, the anti-immigration law whose critics have warned could lead to racial profiling.

Its most controversial component, which would empower local police to check for immigration status if there is "reasonable suspicion" a person is here illegally, was among the portions of the law put on hold by a federal judge before its partial implementation in late July. The federal government is challenging SB 1070 on grounds that it is pre-empted by federal law.

It's been reported that Hernandez is a U.S. citizen, therefore not a "DREAM Act candidate." But Latino U.S. citizens and legal residents in Arizona are among those who have worried about being profiled by police for their appearance.

No matter who honors Hernandez for his valor, it's well-deserved. He ran to the victims, secret-service style, after shots were fired, checking pulses and applying pressure to the gunshot wound in Giffords' forehead. He had only been working for Giffords for five days.

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