The case of Joe Arpaio demonstrates Secretary Napolitano’s decision to make police ‘force multipliers’ in the immigration context has multiplied the force of civil rights violations.  The DOJ action today will heighten demands on the White House to intervene and suspend Se Communities.” 

Pablo Alvarado, executive director of NDLON, says, “We all owe a great deal of gratitude to the civil rights workers of Arizona who have raised their crisis to the fore.  Sheriff Arpaio is the best argument against the immigration status quo. His continued stay in office is  warning to all of us facing the Arizonification of our towns and an urgent call for federal action. The President’s legacy on immigration thus far has been defined by DHS’s criminalizing immigrants instead of legalizing them. We hope his stance evolves.”