Earlier today, Rights Working Group (RWG) and the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) released a new report, The Minority Reports: How the Intersection of Criminal Justice, Immigration and Surveillance Undermines Freedoms in California in San Francisco, Calif. [DOWNLOAD REPORT]
A new report released this month deals a significant blow to conservative voices in Congress that are calling for toughened border security and stepped up enforcement as as the Obama Administration confirms that immigration reform
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court correctly decided that some provisions of the law were unconstitutional but the Court allowed the racial profiling provision to go into effect. SB1070, passed in April 2010, requires Arizona residents to prove their residency status, if, during lawful police stops, officers have reasonable suspicion that they are undocumented.
Over 100 people marched in a youth-organized march in Providence, RI urging state legislators to pass the Comprehensive Racial Profiling Prevention Act. The organizers of the May 23rd march feel that everyday people of color in their communities continue to be targeted, searched, and harassed by police--the very people who are supposed to protect them. As Charlie Chhum, a youth organizer from PrYSM notes, “We cannot wait any longer.
"Today, more immigrants are being detained and deported than ever before, and it’s just getting worse."
By Silky Shah. This piece was originally published in the South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection (SAMAR), and can be seen here.
After 9/11, the authority and discretion of border patrol has expanded. Post-9/11 resources toward border security have increased, making border patrol now able to maximize their authority to search, question and detain people within 100 miles of all land and sea borders.
A number of policy changes since 9/11 have meant more federal resources for border enforcement programs:
· Operation Stonegarden provides grants to local police to do the federal government’s job of maintaining border security.
From guest blogger Amna Akbar
There are visible and less visible ways the government has targeted Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians since September 11, 2001. With the death of Osama bin Laden, however, mainstream pundits, commentators, and lawmakers have attempted to push us to forget the damage and the grief this “war on terror” has brought to our communities—and to immigrant communities and communities of color more broadly.
Sarnata Reynolds, March 30, 2010 -- On February 22, James Chaparro’s sixth day on the job as the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) behemoth detention and removal operation, he issued a memo directing all ICE field office directors to collectively identify, detain and deport 400,000 individuals in 2010.
On Nov. 2, Acting Executive Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Secure Communities Program, Marc Rapp, alleged in a letter to the New York Times that the program “doesn’t racially profile.” This conclusion misses the point. Rapp’s myopic assessment of the Secure Communities Program fails to account for racial profiling that occurs before individuals are booked and turns a blind eye to local law enforcement misbehavior.
www.latimes.com By Anna Gorman - October 14, 2009 - Luz Maria Diaz knew what happened to illegal immigrants at the