America’s Voice applauds the announcement that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct a federal investigation into the immigration enforcement actions of Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio has engaged in racial profiling in heavily Latino neighborhoods and recently paraded immigrant detainees through the streets of Phoenix in order to segregate and relocate them to a “Tent City.”
The Committee also asks the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review the agreement that DHS has signed with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office under Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This agreement gives the Sheriff authority to enforce federal immigration laws, but does not provide permission to use racial profiling or other tactics that might violate an individual’s constitutional rights. Below is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:
“The Joe Arpaio approach to law enforcement is un-American and ineffective. His actions are the perfect example of why the federal government needs to take back control of immigration enforcement and pass a practical immigration reform law that secures our borders and legalizes undocumented workers. It’s welcome news that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will begin a federal investigation into his unlawful tactics. Arpaio is a modern day Bull Connor and his publicity-seeking crusades have made the Latino community scared and Maricopa County less safe by prioritizing racial profiling over executing the felony warrants that have piled up on his desk.”
“His most recent scheme, rounding up immigrants and shipping them off to separate “tent cities,” is just the latest in a career filled with dangerous and anti-Latino demagoguery. Thankfully, Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and other members of the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives will be able to catalog the range of his abuses he has heaped on the residents of Maricopa County and will hopefully bring long-awaited justice against a man who appears to not understand the word.”
America’s Voice has been a frequent critic and monitor of Sheriff Arpaio. To view an AV video and sign a petition calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Arpaio’s actions, go to: http://www.AmericasVoiceOnline.org/SheriffJoeMustGo
To read an AV factsheet on Sheriff Arpaio’s notorious record, visit: http://americasvoiceonline.org/sheriffjoe
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