SB1070 sparked national outrage that brought into the light the years of human rights violations in Arizona and the dangers of police/ICE collaboration. Alto Arizona is a hub for the vibrant international migrant rights movement opposing the hateful legislation and demanding full human rights in the state. Puente Arizona and NDLON are calling on President Obama to end all police/ICE collaborations, nullify this hateful law, and legalize instead of criminalizing our communities.
Alto Arizona is a response to Arizona Senate Bill 1070. We are calling on President Obama to intervene in Arizona.
On Friday, April 23rd, Governor Jan Brewer joined the ranks of George Wallace and others like him who sought to gain political advantage by encouraging hatred and bigotry. And while Brewer and Sheriff Joe Arpaio may have written themselves into the history books by supporting this repugnant law, they will appear as nothing more than a footnote. Indeed, this chapter of history will be written by the millions of immigrants who assert their place in the American story like all others who came before them. This chapter will be written by a new generation of fearless leaders. It will be written by all of us.
Arizona’s immigrant community is organizing and mounting the political, legal, and economic pressure needed to restore constitutional protections to the state. They need the nation’s help to change the federal policy that allowed for the formation of SB 1070. The simple fact is that the President of the United States has the moral authority and legal obligation to intervene and put an end to SB 1070. We are drawing a line in the sand in Arizona to stop hate before it spreads across the country.
WE URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO:
- Reassert the federal government’s exclusive control over immigration law by making clear that state and local police do not have the inherent authority to enforce immigration law.
- Immediately suspend and terminate all police-ICE partnerships, including 287(g) agreements and the so-called “Secure Communities” initiative.
- Direct the Department of Homeland Security to refuse to take custody of anyone charged with violating provisions of SB 1070.