FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2014
Arizonans to Arpaio: Lawsuit Against Obama Really About Wanting Secure Communities Program And Continued Racial Profiling and Immigrant Women Domestic Violence Abuse
Paola Eden Delagado Polanco was a young thriving girl and full of life, with charming simplicity and humility. She died October 29 at her 21 years as a victim of domestic violence caused by her boyfriend in Bear, Delaware. Paola was six months pregnant, and by a miracle the baby survived
Phoenix, AZ --County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s threat to filing a lawsuit claiming President Obama’s immigration executive action order is unconstitutional is a media theatrics move particularly when broad discretion” language was highlighted by Justice Anthony Kennedy who wrote the Court’s 5-3 opinion in Arizona v. United States, and joined by Chief Justice John Roberts. Both Roberts and Kennedy are Republicans. Arpaio claims he will not waste taxpayer dollars, however, his new agenda appears to be a slap in the face to Judge Snow’s ruling that came with severe ‘racial profiling’ rebuke. We believe Arpaio is still harboring anger when his 287(g) monies were taken away, and his reaction to Obama’s executive order is one that has more to do with more of his rogue law enforcement power being taken away.
We believe Arpaio is angry with Obama ending Secure Communities program that essentially spreads racial profiling concerns. In fact, several law enforcement agencies have complained about the burden this places on them. Ending Secure Communities could have prevented immigrant deaths by women who were afraid to report domestic violence by their abusers for fear of being deported, and several law enforcement agencies have recognized the lack of trust they need from the community in order to hone in on the real criminal element of our society.
More importantly, Somos Independents would like to underscore a moment when Judge Snow ruled that Mr. Arpaio and his deputies had systematically profiled Latinos (most of which were of Mexican descent), targeting them for arrest during raids at day-laborer gathering spots and detaining them longer than other drivers during traffic stops. The subsequent order from the judge, who found that the sheriff’s office had violated the constitutional rights of Latinos, came with several requirements, including the appointment of a monitor to field complaints and oversee compliance.
Just as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in December 2012 revoked Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s 287(g) task force agreement in response to allegations from the U.S. Department of Justice that the agency and Sheriff Joe Arpaio engaged in widespread racial profiling and civil rights violations against Mexican American Chicanos and Latinos, ending Secure Communities is a step in the right direction to decrease racial profiling against Chicano Mexican Americans and immigrant Latinos.
Arpaio prided himself during his 2012 campaign pretending to be sympathetic for women who are abused, when in reality he appears to be only sympathetic for those who are not persons of color. As a former member of the law enforcement community, a reasonable person believes establishing trust between law enforcement and the community is a must post the Michael Brown Ferguson incident. MCSO certainly has trust issues with Arizonans considering Arpaio has the blood of a United States Mexican-American Veteran on his hands, too.
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