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Ariz. Sheriff Says He Will Refuse to Enforce Immigration Law

An Arizona sheriff said today that he has “no intention of complying” with the state’s controversial new immigration law, calling it “abominable” and a “national embarrassment.”

Arizona businesses worried about boycotts over state’s strict immigration law.
The defiance by Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik was perhaps the sharpest rebuke to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for signing into law last Friday a bill that empowers police in the state to stop people they suspect may be illegal immigrants and demand identification.

Critics rallied around the country today, claiming the law fosters racism and was a bad policing measure.

Dupnik told ABCNews.com that he’d like Brewer to know that “what she and the legislature has accomplished is morally wrong and a national embarrassment.”

Read the full article at the ABC World News website.

Uncovering The Truth Press Conference (Video Highlights)

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, advocates and community members held a press conference in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. announcing a lawsuit demanding records related to the little-known United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) program “Secure Communities.” The program further embroils local and state law enforcement agencies in federal immigration enforcement. The press conference will also launch “Uncovering the Truth,” a week-long national campaign of coordinated actions and advocacy.

Coalition Challenges Local Implementation of Controversial Secure Communities Program

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28TH

Contact Jennaya Dunlap at (951) 490-2345 or Emilio Amaya at (909) 496-7795

COALITION CHALLENGES LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION OF CONTROVERSIAL SECURE COMMUNITIES PROGRAM, ANNOUNCES HUNDREDS EXPECTED IN THE STREETS FOR INLAND EMPIRE MAY 1ST MARCH IN SAN BERNARDINO

What: Press Conference to announce Inland Empire May 1st march in San Bernardino and to join the “Uncovering the Truth” National Week of Action to denounce ICE local enforcement programs like Secure Communities, which was recently enacted in San Bernardino

When: Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at 10:00 a.m.

Where: San Bernardino City Hall, 300 North D Street, San Bernardino, CA

Who: May 1st Coalition of the Inland Empire, Inland Empire Day Laborer Congress, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, and others

Speakers: – Interview OPP

  • Loyda Alvarado – member, Inland Empire Day Laborer Congress, National Day Laborer Organizing Network
  • Fr. Patricio Guillen – Libreria del Pueblo
  • Virginia Marquez – San Bernardino City Council – to be confirmed

Members of the May 1st Coalition of the Inland Empire, comprised of diverse groups from all over the region, will hold a press conference in front of San Bernardino City Hall to announce a planned march in San Bernardino on May Day.  Speakers will spread the message that we are United for Just Immigration Reform for Workers, Youth and Families in 2010.  In light of the recent passage of the discriminatory S.B. 1070 in Arizona last week, the Coalition will also join the building movement against local police enforcement of federal immigration laws and the racial profiling that targets immigrants and communities of color in the Inland Empire.

Speakers will announce their strong support for the National Week of Action “Uncovering the Truth” called for by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) to announce a federal lawsuit demanding records related to the little-known U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program “Secure Communities.”  Programs like 287g and Secure Communities, which places immigration enforcement in the hands of our local police and sheriffs departments, has been proven to erode public trust in law enforcement, damage community policing strategies, and to have very little public accountability or transparency.  Community leaders will denounce all forms of criminalization of hard-working immigrants and their families, while calling for people in the Inland Empire to show their support for immigrant workers in our region, in Arizona, and throughout the country at Saturday’s May 1st March in San Bernardino.

Speakers at the press conference will represent the diversity of the coalition’s members– students, workers, clergy, families, and local officials– and local solidarity in the May Day demonstration’s call for an end to family separation and the urgent passage of a just immigration reform.  They will announce the details of the May Day program and call for wide support from communities across the Inland Empire.  Hundreds are expected to join the march to San Bernardino City Hall on Saturday.

Follow the campaign on Twitter by searching for #StopICE.

Various Press Coverage

4/27/2010: Ariz. Sheriff Says He Will Refuse to Enforce Immigration Law
Source: ABC News

4/26/2010: Central Florida Jails Join Immigration-Enforcement Effort
Source: Orlando Sentinel

4/23/2010: Lawmakers Protest Possible Deportation of Langley Park Mother
Source: Gazzette.net (Maryland)

4/16/2010: Federal Immigration Agents Don’t Belong in Oregon’s County Jails
Source: The Oregonian

3/29/2010: Sheriff’s Office to Join Another Immigration Enforcement Program,
Source: Frederick News-Post [Maryland]

3/19/2010, DC Plans Fingerprint Program to Target Illegal Aliens
Source: MyFox DC

3/10/2010: Sonoma County Sheriff Scorns Immigrants with New Program
Source: Press Democrat

2/22/2010: HPD Fighting Lack of Trust on Some Calls
Source: Houston Chronicle

2/18/2010: New ICE Numbers Reveal Need for Revised Definition of “Criminal”
Source: Alternet.org

2/17/2010: Federal Program to Deport Criminal Immigrants Expands in California
Source: California Watch

11/26/2009: Immigrants, Criminalized
Source: New York Times

10/8/2009: Proposal to Expand L.A. Deputies’ Duties in Deportation Process Draws Criticism
Source: Los Angeles Times

7/20/2009: Joe Arpaio, America’s toughest sheriff
Source: New Yorker Magazine

7/14/2009: “InSecure Communities” Is More of the Same Enforcement-Only Immigration Policy
Source: Change.org,

Central Florida jails join immigration-enforcement effort

Four Central Florida counties are joining a growing list of law enforcement jails on a federal push to identify and deport illegal immigrants already behind bars, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced Monday.

Orange, Osceola, Polk and Volusia counties will join Lake in the “Secure Communities Initiative,” which gives jails access to combined FBI and Homeland Security databases of criminal and immigration violations. The arrangement comes through an agreement between ICE and the state and allows jails to submit fingerprint data for their inmates to be checked against federal records.

Activists are complaining about the partnerships, saying they don’t want Florida to enforce immigration offenses like Arizona, where a controversial new law making illegal immigration a state crime has stirred fears of racial profiling and civil-rights violations.

Read the full article at the Orlando Sentinel’s website.