Category Archives: Press (Arizona)

"Civil Rights Groups Protest Arizona Immigration Law, File Suit Over Federal Program" (FOXNews)

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network, The Center for Constitutional Rights and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law filed the Freedom of Information Act suit in New York federal court. The groups said they were seeking records about the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s “Secure Communities” program — which was set up in 2007 to help local law enforcement and federal authorities coordinate to identify and deport illegal immigrant criminals in the United States.

The groups say the passage last week of the Arizona bill combined with the expansion of the Secure Communities program, which is already operational in 20 states, is cause for alarm.

“At a time when police and ICE partnerships have clearly failed, ICE is moving swiftly to implement the Secure Communities program in every jail by 2013,” said Center for Constitutional Rights lawyer Sunia Patel.

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

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