The law is breathtaking in its scope. It gives bigotry against us gays and lesbians a powerful and unprecedented weapon. But your mean-spirited representatives and senators know this. They also know that it is going to be struck down eventually by the courts. But they passed it anyway, just to make their hateful opinion of us crystal clear.
So let me make mine just as clear. If your Governor Jan Brewer signs this repugnant bill into law, make no mistake. We will not come. We will not spend. And we will urge everyone we know–from large corporations to small families on vacation–to boycott. Because you don’t deserve our dollars. Not one red cent.
Great news for Edi and his family; on Thursday Edi Arma was given two more years to stay and fight his deportation!
We started this week off with a hectic call from Edi’s family, they had been told by ICE that Edi’s year long extension was up. ICE went on to tell the family, that, because nothing had changed in his case, Edi would need to report for deportation, Thursday. A quick scramble, followed by a quick call to Rep. Ed Pastor’s office in Arizona led to the member making some calls and securing an extension for Edi.
It’s not often that we have Members of Congress willing to take things into their own hands, and secure the safety of their community. Please join us in thanking Rep. Ed Pastor for taking swift action in this case; call Rep. Pastor’s Phoenix office @ 602-256-0551
"Thank You" - Sample Call-in-script:
"Hi, I was calling to just thank the member for taking action to stop the deportation of Edi Arma. Rep. Pastor has made a world of difference in the lives of many people. Please pass along my thank you to him."
Every year we work with hundreds of families on thousands of deportation cases, very rarely do we have that is as willing as Rep. Pastor to jump in and take action. Earlier this summer, when the #Dream9 were crossing over, Rep. Pastor also came out in support of them. The member issued a press release on his site (still posted) calling on President Obama to #BringThemHome. We need more true immigrant champions, like Rep. Pastor!
Arizona has very few strong leaders for immigrant families, the way that Pastor has strength is that he holds office. Staying in office means campaigning. Campaigning, unfortunately, takes lots of money. To show a very some very concrete support, I say that you should contribute to his re-election campaign.
Was Arizona’s “papers please” SB1070 law racially motivated and in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution? A federal judge says the only way to find out is to look at the emails and letters exchanged between the Arizona GOP and groups such as ALEC that were advocating passage of the law.
The Arizona GOP is fighting to avoid disclosure even though, as Judge Susan Bolton pointed out, communications to public officials are public records under Arizona law. What do Republicans have to hide? Could it be that terms such as “illegals,” “wetbacks,” “undocumented,” and “Mexicans” were used in the correspondence, and would thus show a racial intent behind the law?
After much anticipation from human rights advocates in the Southern Border Region, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report yesterday entitled, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Use of Force Training and Actions to Address Use of Force Incidents.”
The revelation of eye-witness footage documenting the beating and killing of San Diego resident, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, by over a dozen border agents prompted a national outcry from the public as well as 16 members of Congress for oversight and accountability over Customs and Border Protection for their use of force cases. Since 2010, border guards have killed at least twenty people.
At the request of letters from 16 members of Congress, the Department of Homeland Security carried out a review of 2,000 records of alleged abuse (out of 21,000) that took place along the border between 2007 and 2012. They determined that nearly two-thirds (63%), or approximately 1,200 incidents, involved possible excessive use of force.
The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), a coalition of nearly 60 organizations from the southern border, has been documenting stories of abuse and has been at the forefront of pressing for accountability and oversight over CBP over the past 3 years. After reviewing the report, representatives of the SBCC issued these responses.
"This is an incomplete response to the question: Is Customs and Border Protection out of control?” said Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego and co-chair of the SBCC. "While the report answers some questions, it doesn’t give us specifics on what steps are taken when agents are alleged to use excessive force and, given rash of incidents, what reforms or investigations are being undertaken. Where is the accountability and oversight of agents?"
"We need tracking of excessive use of force at the Department of Homeland Security and a formal process to evaluate and investigate force incidents." states Christian Ramírez, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition. "Without a clear mechanism to identify misconduct, investigate it, and hold agents accountable, the agency will continue to operate with impunity and endanger the lives of migrants and border residents and undermine our system of laws."
“If any metropolitan police department was involved in 19 fatal shootings in the span of two years, we would be appalled and would expect that that they would look at best practices from other agencies to reduce use-of-force incidents, like body-worn cameras for officers,” said Vicki B. Gaubeca, director of the ACLU of New Mexico’s Regional Center for Border Rights. “CBP, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, should be doing the same, but there is little indication in this report that they are,” Gaubeca, co-chair of SBCC, continued.
Report does not address accountability and further erodes trust.