Check out Spanish-language coverage of today’s call for an investigation of Arpaio, a full-length feature by Maribel Hastings. Legisladores, activistas y funcionarios aplaudieron la pesquisa en contra del Alguacil Joe Arpaio que conducirá el Departamento de Justicia, y el presidente del Comité Judicial de la Cámara Baja, John Conyers (D-MI), anunció que cuatro paneles camerales conducirán audiencias conjuntas sobre los excesos del alguacil y sobre el empleo de perfiles raciales y otros abusos en los programas que permiten a jurisdicciones locales aplicar las leyes migratorias.

On Wednesday, March 11th, leaders from Arizona and across the nation joined Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) at a press conference on Capitol Hill to announce community support for a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The DOJ informed Sheriff Arpaio that he will be investigated in a letter delivered to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office yesterday. Under a banner reading “Americans United to Defend Civil Rights,” the leaders presented over 38,000 petition signatures that have been gathered to date in support of the investigation. Signatures were gathered by many organizations including: Sojourners, MomsRising, ACORN, United Farm Workers and America’s Voice.

Representative John Conyers (D-MI), Chairman of the US House Committee on the Judiciary, spoke first. Part of his speech was captured in the video below. He said we need to “end Arpaio’s reign of terror”and explained how grave the charges against Arpaio really are. He said they reflected a major civil rights crisis that needs to be addressed immediately. Rep. Nadler, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties gave an impassioned speech that rallied the crowd, part of which we caught on tape. Check it out.

“The news of the DOJ investigation is a welcome first step towards re-establishing justice in Maricopa County. We are confident that the investigation will reveal the Arpaio approach to law enforcement for what it really is – un-American, ineffective, and anti-Latino. As a result, we expect Arpaio’s authority to check immigration status under the 287(g) program to be terminated.” “Sheriff Arpaio’s actions have long been the best example of why the federal government needs to take back control of immigration enforcement. While Arpaio’s abuses are particularly vile, we support Secretary Napolitano’s call for a full review of the 287(g) program and were troubled by the recent GAO report questioning its effectiveness.

Familias Unidas — Family Unity — National
Tour 2009


The Family Unity Campaign will consist of community meetings, prayer vigils and rallies across the country for thousands of U.S. citizens whose families have been separated or risk being torn apart by our nation’s current immigration mess.  

Check back here for stories, testimonies, and more.

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On February 24th, 2009, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) announced a national listening tour to hear testimony from families impacted by the nation’s broken immigration system. In cooperation with the faith-based community, the listening tour will take Members of the CHC to various churches and community centers nationwide, including; Providence, RI; Norcross, GA; San Francisco, CA; Dallas, TX; Joliet, IL; Miami, FL; and Philadelphia, PA. Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-04), Chair of the CHC’s Immigration Task Force, will take part in all but one of these sessions, joining Members of the CHC and other invited Members of Congress.

Full Tour Schedule:

Friday, February 27, 2009 at 6 p.m.
Providence, RI
Trinity United Methodist Church
375 Broad Street
Providence, RI  02907

Saturday, February 29, 2009 at 1 p.m. 
Norcross, GA
Tabernaculo de Atlanta
6394 Buford Hwy.
Norcross, GA  30071-2222

Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.
Albuquerque, NM
Casa del Rey
2500 Corona Drive, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87120

Saturday, March 7, 2009 
9 a.m. Ontario, CA
Saint George Catholic Church
505 North Palm Avenue
Ontario, CA

6 p.m. San Francisco, CA
St. Anthony’s Church
3215 Cesar Chavez
San Francisco, CA 94110

Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 5 p.m 
Phoenix, AZ
Iglesia para las Naciones
11640 N. 19th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85019

Friday, March 13, 2009
7 p.m. El Paso, TX
Templo de Alabanza
2111 Wyoming
El Paso, TX 79903

*7 p.m. Los Angeles, CA
La Placita Church
535 N. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
* Congressman Gutierrez will not be in attendance. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus participating: Rep. Royal-Allard, Rep. Becerra, Rep. Napolitano, Rep. Sanchez

Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 1 p.m.         
Dallas, TX
Jesucristo Es Mi Refugio
2929 S. Westmoreland
Dallas, TX 75233

Sunday, March 15, 2009 at  6:30 p.m.
Mission, TX
Iglesia del Pueblo
7500 W. Expressway 83
Mission, TX

Saturday, March 21, 2009    
1:30 p.m. Chicago, IL
Our Lady of Mercy
4432 N. Troy
Chicago, IL 60625

7:00 p.m. Joliet, IL
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
205 E. Jackson
Joliet, IL 60436

Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 5 p.m.       
Milwaukee, WI
St. Adalbert Catholic Church
1923 W. Becher Street
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Friday, March 27, 2009 at 7 p.m.
Detroit, MI
Greater Apostolic Faith Temple
4735 W. Fort Street
Detroit, MI  48209

Saturday, March 28, 2009
11 a.m. Orlando, FL
Pabellon De La Victoria
12355 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837

3 p.m. Homestead, FL
Nahbi Ministries International
1001 N.E. Kings Highway
Homestead, FL  33030

Saturday, April 4, 2009, at 2:30 p.m.
Philadelphia, PA
Esperanza Center
199-201 W. Hunting Park Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19140 


More dates TBA!


Last Night Sheriff Joe Arpaio finally got what he’s been asking for: an investigation by the Department of Justice. Today Representative Conyers and other members of the House Judiciary Committee join civil rights leaders to endorse a major petition delivery, listen to testimony, and call for an end to the Sheriff’s questionable tactics. Over 35,000 petition signatures have been collected by a diverse array of social justice organizations, alongside America’s Voice.

11/03/09 a 7:36am por Maribel Hastings Presidente del Comité Judicial cameral anuncia audiencias sobre Arpaio y otros abusos en los programas que permiten a jurisdicciones locales aplicar las leyes migratorias Legisladores, activistas y funcionarios aplaudieron la pesquisa en contra del Alguacil Joe Arpaio que conducirá el Departamento de Justicia, y el presidente del Comité Judicial… Continue »