From our friends at America’s Voice:
Enough is enough. Tell Secretary Napolitano to stop letting Sheriff Arpaio operate outside the law. Ask her to kick him out of the 287-g program, which allows Arpaio’s deputies to become local immigration agents.
Sign the petition, now, and please forward it to your friends!
And if you need a reminder of WHY Arpaio should be kicked out of the program, click here, here or simply watch the video below:
Who: National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Puente Arizona, and Zach de la Rocha
What: March to Stop the Systematic Persecution of Migrants and Latinos in AZ.
Where: March Start Location for Feb 28th: 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012
When: March to Stop the Hate in Phoenix to be held 9:00 am on February 28.
In the last month Sheriff Joe Arpaio intensified his on-going escalation of attacks against Latinos by segregating the county jail and parading undocumented migrants shackled in a chain-gang into “tent city.” He erected and surrounded the tent with an electric fence in a grotesque display of human degradation.
Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine responded to the news by saying, “To witness what is happening in Arizona and remain neutral is to be implicated in human rights violations that are occurring right here on US soil against migrants. History will not be kind to Joe Arpaio. He will be remembered with other infamous sheriffs like Bull Connor who subjugated and terrorized communities for shortsighted political gain. I hope everyone will join me in protesting Sheriff Joe.”
To take action NOW sign the petition asking for the Department of Justice to investigate Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
There is a fantastic Op-Ed in the NY Times today that speaks to the increasing number of state and local measures to enforce federal immigration law.
The piece is written by George Gascón, who is a former assistant chief in the Los Angeles Police Department and is currently the chief of the police department in Mesa, Ariz.
Gascon has years of experience and knows what he is talking about. The increased pressure on local law enforcement to combat unauthorized immigration pushes immigrants into the shadows and decreases public safety.
It is interesting to note that he is approaching this as a law enforcement official in Mesa, Arizona which is in Maricopa county where we have seen Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s unconstitutional and alarmingly hateful enforcement tactics.
I can’t do the piece justice, so read it here instead.