Civil Rights Group Files Suit to End Arpaio Workplace Raids-Arizona Republic
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s last standing avenue for illegal-immigration enforcement is now being challenged in federal court. A local civil-rights organization on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to end Arpaio’s trademark workplace raids, an often-touted law-enforcement effort that has led to the arrests of hundreds of immigrant workers since 2008.
When José Valdez talks about his son Jaime, his eyes shine. “He is one of the sweetest young men you’ll ever meet,” José said on Wednesday through an interpreter. “I don’t say that just because I’m his father. He’s a young man who likes to help people. He thinks about humanity. Anytime he sees something that’s uncomfortable he sees a way to try to help. He’s dedicated to study.”
“Cynthia! They’re taking your mom!” The sound of my dad’s shout woke me up at seven in the morning. I ran to the front door of our Arizona home that morning, where 10 agents in black uniforms surrounded my mom. Already handcuffed in her pajamas and slippers, she was being pushed into a van. Our eyes met and I recognized her sadness and fear.
Con el lema “ni una deportación más” activistas llegan a la Casa Blanca para hacer una huelga de hambre.
Undocumented immigrant’s arrest closes door on deferred action-Arizona Republic
The young woman jams her fist into the palm of her hand. One by one she cracks her knuckles. First one hand. Then the other. The noise sounds like frozen carrots breaking. Crack. Crack. Crack. Twenty-two-year-old Noemi Romero, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, cracks her knuckles whenever she gets nervous, a habit she’s had since childhood. Her hands sweat and she cracks away.
WASHINGTON – Immigration reform advocates rallied Thursday in front of the White House, where they called on President Barack Obama to “to stop the deportation machine” that is splitting up families like theirs.
PHOENIX (AP) — Immigration advocates and supporters rallied Saturday in cities across the country in a renewed effort to push President Barack Obama to put a freeze on deportations.
Immigrant Activist: I Was Deported For My Hunger Strike And I’m Coming Back-The Huffington Post
Two undocumented immigrants who say they were expelled from the United States in retaliation for their activism are crossing back into the country through the legal port of entry at Nogales, Ariz., this week, hoping to fight their deportation cases through the legal system.
Three protesters with the local human-rights group Puente were arrested last night outside the Phoenix office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Undocumented Reformers- The New York Times
Despite the risk of deportation, undocumented immigrants in Arizona are organizing to influence the pending debate on immigration reform in Washington, D.C.
No Papers, No Fear: Busload of Undocumented Immigrants Defy Risks to Bring Message to DNC- Democracy Now
A busload of more than 40 undocumented immigrants and their supporters, known as the UndocuBus, has arrived in Charlotte after traveling more than 2,000 miles, through 11 states, to deliver a message to President Barack Obama and the Democrats under the slogan of “No Papers, No Fear.” In many of the 15 cities they visited on their way to Charlotte, they engaged in civil disobedience to protest their criminalization by state and federal immigration laws.
“No Papers, No Fear”: As Arpaio Fights Arizona Suit, 4 Undocumented Immigrants Reveal Their Status- Democracy Now
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio took the stand for six hours this week in a civil rights trial accusing him of using racial profiling to target undocumented immigrants in Arizona. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund filed the lawsuit on behalf of residents targeted at traffic stops for detention, despite having a valid visa and identification. As Arpaio testified, four undocumented immigrants were arrested outside the courthouse for blocking an intersection and had immigration detainers placed on them in jail. At least one now faces deportation.
Shortly after the 2010 passage of SB 1070, Arizona’s notorious immigration bill, 20,000 people gathered in Phoenix for a May Day march to protest the new law. Instead of ending with speakers or a formal program, as political marches often do, organizers broke the crowd into small groups and asked them two questions.
The migrant rights movement in this country is about to enter a new phase and every person, no matter their position, will have to decide how they will relate to it.
Arizona’s “Barrio Defense” Rises for SCOTUS Decision on SB 1070- Huffington Post
With defiant Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer growing more emboldened as the Supreme Court readies to unveil its ruling on the state’s SB 1070 “papers, please” immigration law, Arizona human rights group Puente and their national allies are bolstering their “Barrio Defense Committees,” as “neighbors link with neighbors to learn their rights and make collective plans to defend themselves.”
At Supreme Court, Arizona Leaves Affected Voices at Home- Huffington Post
While Gov. Jan Brewer unceremoniously dumped her disgraced SB 1070 partner Russell Pearce from Arizona’s front seats at tomorrow’s historic Supreme Court hearing on the state’s controversial immigration law, the seminal voices of those most affected by Arizona’s punitive measures will remain in the shadows — and unheard, even in the landslide of media and political forums sure to follow.
PHOENIX — Miguel Guerra has a wife, three children and a house. He has a car, but no driver’s license. He has business cards, but no immigration papers. He got into the habit of keeping his cellphone close when he drives so he can quickly call a cousin, the only legal resident among his relatives in the United States, in case he gets pulled over.
Dozens of Immigrant Rights Activists Arrested in Arizona- Democracy Now
At least fifty people were arrested in Arizona yesterday in protests against the state’s new anti-immigrant law. The law went into effect on Thursday, but not before a federal judge blocked four key parts of the legislation. One of the biggest protests occurred in Phoenix outside of the Fourth Avenue Jail run by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.