As we highlighted two
weeks ago, the Arizona legislature and Governor's decisions
to pass a punitive, anti-immigrant bill - SB1070
- have unleashed a torrent of condemnations inside and outside of
Arizona. Voices speaking up against the bill have come not only from
civil rights organizations, but have also included public safety
officials, constitutional legal scholars, and, significantly, Republican
leaders and candidates from other states with
significant immigrant populations.
Progressive States Action and State Legislators for Progressive
Immigration Policy, a group of state legislators committed to
supporting comprehensive immigration reform that reflects our core
values as a nation, released this statement in response to the
passage of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070.
The national debate on immigration will be heating up in the coming months with the recent introduction of a new comprehensive immigration reform proposal by Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and a likely proposal from Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Progressive States Network held a conference call on Thursday, November 12th at 3pm EST
with state legislators and advocates to discuss how to use community policing as an alternative to local enforcement of immigration law. Local
law enforcement policy alternatives were discussed including community
policing, anti-racial profiling measures, and civil liberties
When Denver voters rejected a proposal
last week by 70% to force police to automatically impound cars of
unlicensed drivers -- an anti-immigrant measure designed to punish
undocumented immigrants who can't get drivers licenses -- they followed
the trend of communities across the nation, often led by public safety
officials themselves, who are refusing to divert scarce public
resources for anti-immigrant purposes.