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The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights issued a press release on Friday to draw attention to massive raids in Arizona to round up undocumented immigrants. From the press release —
More than 800 federal, state and local agents descended April 15 on four Arizona communities – Nogales, Rio Rico, Tucson and Phoenix ‐‐ in one of the largest dragnet immigration enforcement operations conducted by the Obama Administration. Isabel Garcia of the Tucson‐based Coalición de Derechos Humanos said, “Instead of bringing in the Department of Justice to investigate the immigration abuses and uphold our rights, the Obama Administration sics the ICE police on our communities.”
The raids come “on the heels of the passage of SB1070 in the Arizona legislature; the bill requires local law enforcement officers who have a ‘reasonable suspicion’ that someone is in the state without documents to determine that person’s immigration status. Arizona police will be able to subject any person to an immigration status check, even without that person having possibly violated any laws. The bill also allows citizens to sue a city, town, or county if they believe a law enforcement agency is failing to enforce this law. The governor of Arizona is expected to sign the drastic measure that would exacerbate racial profiling.”
“Ironically, the latest raid took place within days of a key deadline for the return of Census forms; the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) and over 200 groups across the country had urged Obama and the Department of Homeland Security to suspend such enforcement actions to support greater immigrant participation in Census 2010.”
This is a told-ya-so moment I’d normally celebrate with a loud leaping lap around the kitchen, but I can’t. Not with immigration reform, the issue nearest and dearest to my ordinarily cold political heart. I favor amnesty and long ago stopped trusting the Obama White House, especially in the immigration reform debate.
More to follow. Time to go to work.