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September 15th, 2016
Day Laborer Network Statement on Conclusion of Civil Rights Lawsuit Challenging Arizona's SB 1070
(Los Angeles, CA, Phoenix, AZ) Following the Arizona Attorney General’s opinion establishing guidance for the two remaining provisions of SB 1070, the civil rights challenge to Arizona’s notorious law was concluded. Provisions that violated the rights of day laborers to seek and receive work were struck down as unconstitutional. In response, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following statement:
“Arizona residents owe a debt of gratitude to day laborers, not just for doing invaluable work and for enriching the state’s economy, but for defending core constitutional rights. While the hate and racism that animated Arizona’s SB1070 foreshadowed the bitter debate we are now seeing in this presidential election, it also motivated immigrants to defend cherished civil rights, and it inspired a national movement for tolerance, progress, and equality. Today, during this period of unprecedented xenophobia and extreme polarization, all sides should come together in unity to celebrate the First Amendment, a national treasure that must be enjoyed equally by all people living and working in Arizona.
"For a long time in Arizona, immigrants in general and day laborers in particular, have been targeted by vigilantes, by minutemen, by racists sheriffs like Joe Arpaio, and by lawmakers in the state capitol. Sometimes all at once. And as everyone now knows, these nativists engaged in a deliberate effort to deny the basic humanity of immigrant workers in a war of attrition meant to force them out.
“The xenophobes have failed. Day laborers and their organizations have endured. Immigrants have endured. They have fought back and will continue to fight back using the proudest traditions of peaceful resistance on the streets, in the courts, and at the ballot box.
“While the tide is turning in Arizona, the sad truth is that we were unable to fully prevail in getting ICE out of police and sheriffs departments in large part because the Obama Administration was and adversary, not an ally, in this struggle for civil rights. The fact is that the Obama Administration was an accomplice in the unprecedented rights violations committed against immigrants in Arizona. We will look to the next administration to undo some of the damage that was done pursuing a policy targeting “felons not families” for deportation. Arizona more than any other place in America symbolizes the demonstrable failure and danger of that approach.
“Going forward, we will continue to do everything possible to defend human rights in Arizona, we will work to get ICE out of jails, and will continue our struggle to achieve a US immigration policy with #Not1More deportation."
Day laborers pledge to continue fight against discriminatory law at community level, Look to California for Alternate Direction
TRUST Act to limit unfair detentions, profiling in California Senate
Sacramento. 06.27.2012 – As the US Supreme Court’s June 25, 2012 ruling on Arizona’s anti-immigrant law continues to spur passionate reactions across the nation, California is moving toward a vote on AB 1081, the TRUST Act, to become the “Anti-Arizona.”
The TRUST Act passed the state Senate Public Safety committee 5-2 on June 12, 2012. Mayor Villaraigosa of Los Angeles explains the bill would “restore [California’s] ability to focus limited law enforcement resources on protecting public safety.” Specifically, the TRUST Act sets a clear, minimum standard for local governments not to submit to burdensome requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain people for deportation unless the individual has a serious or violent felony conviction and develops protections to monitor and guard against profiling in the state.
The TRUST Act, sponsored by Asm. Ammiano, creates a national model to counter the racial profiling inherent in Arizona’s SB1070 and sets an opposite direction from 1070’s section 2b, the section the Court did not strike down that requires police to investigate status based on ‘reasonable suspicion.’
Asm. Ammiano explains, “California cannot afford to become another Arizona. The TRUST Act will limit the unjust and onerous detentions for deportation in our local jails of community members who pose no threat to public safety.”
As a recent New York Times endorsing editorial the bill explains, “When every arrest is a potential immigration arrest, people in immigrant communities are afraid to report crimes or cooperate with investigations… Hence the Trust Act… It deserves to become law.”
The TRUST Act was originally drafted as a response to the federal Secure Communities program which was described as a parallel to SB1070 sec2b in the Supreme Court case and has been responsible for deporting over 72,000 Californians. 7 in 10 of those deported under Secure Communities in the state were deported with either no conviction or for minor offenses. In the worst instances, Secure Communities is responsible for placing victims of domestic violence in deportation proceedings and deterring parents from reporting crimes committed against their children.
Supporters of the TRUST Act include the police chiefs of Oakland and Palo Alto, California’s Catholic bishops, and a wide cross-section of government officials, immigrant rights advocates, and legal experts
Mary Rose Wilcox, Pastor Stewart, Puente, ACLU Cite Pending Humanitarian Crisis, Call for Suspension of Secure Communities, Termination of All 287(g) Agreements in Arizona
PHOENIX, 6/27/2012 -- In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in the Department of Justice SB1070 case that allowed section 2B, the racial profiling section of the law to move forward, more than one hundred Arizona-based organizations and notable individuals sent a letter calling on the state's former governor, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, to end DHS' collaboration with Arizona to prevent a pending "humanitarian crisis."
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s controversial state immigration law, S.B. 1070, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:
“The court’s ruling in part confirms what we have said since the beginning: Arizona’s war of attrition against immigrants is not only inhumane, it’s also unconstitutional. However, allowing the racial profiling section to go forward poses a great risk to the constitution the court is charged to defend and to the Arizona families who will be targeted if it goes into effect.