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
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.
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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.
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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…