Warrantless midnight raids. Racial profiling. Forced family separation. Retaliatory arrests. Chain gangs.
Relics of a bygone era? No. This is reality today and these are the routine actions of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona — the same sheriff whose actions have been compared to the worst excesses of Alabama Sheriff Bull Connor and his fight against the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
Today, the excuse for abusing civil rights is the enforcement of federal immigration law, and the Latino community is the target. Sheriff Arpaio and others get away with it thanks to a Bush-era program called “287(g)” — a program that basically gives Sheriff Arpaio all the power and freedom he wants to enforce immigration as he sees fit. Program 287(g) is not only still being implemented, but Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is planning to expand the program!
Tell Secretary Napolitano that we don't need more local law enforcement taking immigration into their own hands. Program 287(g) should be abolished, not expanded.
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