Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

Asian-American says Latinos not only ones hit by Ariz. immigration law

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012


(USAToday) Jim Shee says he never experienced discrimination, let alone racial profiling, until his 70th birthday.

Shee, a Paradise Valley, Ariz., real-estate investor of Chinese and Spanish descent, was driving to meet friends for lunch on April 6, 2010, his birthday, when he stopped on a side street in west Phoenix to check a text message.

A Phoenix police officer approached and tapped on his car window.

"Let me see your papers," Shee says the officer told him.

"That is the very first thing he said," recalled Shee, now 72.

Shee, whose civil-rights battle against Arizona's strict immigration law is credited with highlighting the law's impact beyond the Latino community, was taken aback.

Born in Tucson, Shee has been a U.S. citizen all his life. No police officer had ever asked him for his "papers."

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Immigrants and Unions Work To Oust Notorious Arizona Sheriff

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

(Truth Out) Latino workers in the Phoenix area are fighting back against the bullying sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. They’ve registered over 34,000 new voters for the November election.

The “Adiós Arpaio” campaign is part of a strategy by the hotel union UNITE HERE to turn around Arizona’s anti-worker policies, in a right-to-work state where Latino workers have only recently begun to flex their political muscles. Maricopa County contains 60 percent of Arizona’s population

Organizers say they feel a seismic shift in the political landscape. “I’ve never been part of something historic before,” said Lucia Vergara Aguirre, president of UNITE HERE Local 631. The union has been growing, representing workers at the Phoenix airport complex and at several downtown hotels, and has other organizing drives underway.

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America’s Most Notorious Sheriff Got Smacked Down In Court

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

(Business Insider) Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio, best known for his fights with undocumented immigrants, received quite a blow Tuesday from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


The federal appeals court ruled Arpaio can't detain suspects based only on his belief they are here illegally, Courthouse News Service reported Wednesday.

Arpaio has garnered his fair share of headlines in the past for his harsh stance on fighting illegal immigration.

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Undocumented Latinos in Arizona fear for children as key clause takes effect

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012


(The Guardian) Latinos living without immigration papers in Arizona have begun bombarbing helplines and lawyers' offices with anxious requests about how to provide for their children should they be arrested under a controversial new police power that came into effect this week.

A phone line hosted by the Arizona branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has received almost 4,000 calls in just two days, many from anxious parents who fear that their children could be left abandoned should they be picked up under the so-called 'show-me-your-papers' provision. Hundreds have been asking for help setting up a "power of attorney", which gives a relative or friend who has US citizenship the right to care for minors in such an eventuality.

"People are terrified. They fear that they will go to the store to buy groceries and won't get home and their kids will be left alone at school," said Luz Santiago, a pastor in Mesa. She said she has personally handled about 50 requests for power of attorney since Tuesday.

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Arizona immigration law to take effect as judge upholds contentious section

Friday, September 7th, 2012

(The Guardian) A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious section of the state's immigration law, which critics have dubbed the "show me your papers" provision.

The ruling by US district judge Susan Bolton clears the way for police to carry out the 2010 law's requirement that officers, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.

The requirement has been at the center of a two-year legal battle that culminated in a US supreme court decision in June upholding the requirement.

Opponents then asked Bolton to block the requirement, arguing that it would lead to systematic racial profiling and unreasonably long detentions of Latinos if it's enforced.

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Racial-profiling trial outcome hinges on hard data

Thursday, August 9th, 2012


(Arizona Republic) The clash over traffic-stop data in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's racial-profiling trial was evident from the moment the plaintiffs' statistical expert took the witness stand.

"Good to see you again," Deputy County Attorney Tom Liddy, representing the Sheriff's Office, told Temple University professor Ralph Taylor just three hours into the trial's first day.

"Wish I could say the same," Taylor deadpanned.

The intensity of the ensuing exchange highlighted the role statistical data is expected to play in a judge's upcoming decision in the case.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow heard seven days of testimony that concluded Thursday. Now, he must decide if the Sheriff's Office systematically engages in widespread discrimination against Latinos in its enforcement activities.

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ACLU: Emails show racial bias in immigration law

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012


(SeattlePI) Opponents of Arizona's hardline immigration enforcement law contend that emails sent, received and forwarded by a former legislator who championed the law support allegations it was racially motivated.


Dozens of emails are cited in a new legal effort by the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups to block police from enforcing the Arizona law's so-called "show me your papers" provision recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.


The groups said the emails and other material reveal that ex-Sen. Russell Pearce and other supporters of the law known as SB1070 embraced discriminatory views and bent the truth about immigration-related matters, setting the stage for enactment of a law that the groups contend will lead to racial profiling if enforced.


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How Arizona law hurts Hispanic citizens

Thursday, June 28th, 2012


(CNN Op-Ed, Ruben Navarette) First, here's what Arizona got wrong: Once upon a time, some lawmakers there decided that the state had a problem with illegal immigrants — most of whom are Hispanic. So they drafted a sweeping law that wound up inconveniencing, singling out and foisting second-class citizenship upon all Hispanics, including those who were born in the United States.

They are the real injured party in the Arizona drama. In its decision on Arizona's immigration law this week, the Supreme Court almost set things right. In a split decision, it struck down three parts of the law, but unfortunately it let stand the worst part, and it is U.S.-born Hispanics who could bear the brunt of the law for many years to come.

For one thing, there are more of them than there are illegal immigrants. Many of the state's illegal immigrants have already left — gone to New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas and other more welcoming locales. Besides, U.S.-born Hispanics are not in hiding. They're out and about, living their lives as they have every right to do — and coming into contact with police.

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Report sounds warning on Latino education gap

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012


(AZ Central) A new report says Arizona hasn't made much progress in closing the educational-achievement gap for Latinos in the past decade, and it predicts dire consequences to the state's economy if nothing changes.

Despite various efforts to improve education, Latinos in Arizona score lower on state standardized tests than White students, have higher dropout rates and are less likely to get a bachelor's degree, according to a report released Friday by Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

One example of how the educational-achievement gap has changed little in the past 10 years: The percentage of Latinos ages 25 to 34 who had a bachelor's degree or higher increased only 1 percentage point to a total of 9 percent, compared with 32 percent for Whites.

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Republicans could pay a heavy price for wooing the tough guy of immigration

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

(The Guardian) For someone who holds the relatively modest position of county sheriff, Joe Arpaio has received an astonishing amount of attention from this year's Republican presidential candidates.

He has been wooed by Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum, who all made pilgrimages to Arizona to see him in person, Santorum as recently as last week. Rick Perry invited him to tour Texas with him and Mitt Romney, for whom he acted as Arizona campaign chair in 2008, has also been in contact.

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