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Alto Arizona Administrator
Los Angeles, CA
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Para medir si existe o no discriminación, Andrea Sambuccetti viajó a Arizona y nos tiene los resultados de una atrevida y reveladora prueba de impacto. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
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The deferred action program giving undocumented youth reprieve from deportation and work permits was recently put to the test in Arizona when a dreamer, who recently applied for the federal program, was arrested for a minor traffic violation. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
"By vetoing the TRUST Act Governor Brown has failed California's immigrant communities, imperiling civil rights and leaving us all less safe. The President's disastrous Secure Communities program is replicating Arizona's model of immigration enforcement nationally, causing a human rights crisis. Immigration and Customs Enforcement strong-armed the Governor to defend its deportation quota instead of defending Californian's rights. On this sad day, we renew our commitment to fight to keep our families together despite the Governor and the President's insistence on seeing them torn apart." Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
Dear Craig, We don't agree with the argument of "reverse racism." When you say you "feel" more racial profiling, does that translate into the denial of your economic, social and political rights? Because that's what non-whites have historically been subjected to in this nation. The power structure of the United States has historically benefited whites and continues to do so today, despite the election of a black president. The definition of racism isn't just one individual's belief that a certain race is superior to others but it also includes institutional oppression. While some minorities can exhibit racial prejudice, they lack the institutional power to actually be reverse racists. For a good quick overview of the history of racist laws and policies of this nation, please see: http://www.altoarizona.com/history-of-racist-us-laws.html
Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio is gearing up for what he expects will be the toughest of his five re-election campaigns. He is facing a determined effort from immigration rights activists to push him out. A ruling may come any day in a lawsuit that alleges his department violated the civil rights of Hispanics. A second lawsuit filed by the Justice Department is making its way through the courts. And in TV ads, he doesn't mention the signature issue that helped bring him to national prominence — a sign, people in both parties say, that illegal immigration is losing its potency. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
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Joe Arpaio needs no help from me getting attention. For years he has been a beacon of bigotry and intolerance for all the world to see. The list of human and civil-rights abuses he’s committed in Maricopa County is long and well documented. His many “crime suppression sweeps” are some of the most egregious affronts to American values and human dignity perpetrated in this century. What he does need is to be called out at every opportunity as the criminal that he is. There are many ways of doing that. The federal government’s current law suit against him being one of them. I used the best means at my disposal to do it: a punk rock song. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
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Testimony wrapped up Thursday in the civil trial against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office, who stand accused of systematically discriminating against Latinos through racial profiling. It is now up to U.S. District Judge Murray Snow to determine whether or not the Sheriff’s office violated the civil rights of five Arizona Hispanics who sued “America’s toughest sheriff.” Snow indicated Thursday that he intends to make the ruling on whether or not intentional discrimination against Latinos exists within the agency and if the policies and practices result in unreasonable search and seizure. The plaintiffs – five Arizona residents who claim they were racially profiled by MCSO deputies and the organization Somos America – are not seeking monetary rewards. Instead, they want the judge to issue an injunction ordering Arpaio’s office to adopt a policy that prohibits racial profiling and defines its meaning. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
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It is those whites and conservatives, as it happens, who employ many of the illegal immigrants targeted by Arpaio. But the sheriff is careful to steer clear of the white owners who profit from exploiting immigrant labor. In his 20 years wearing the badge, in fact, Arpaio has busted only three businesses for hiring illegal immigrants. "You've got to prove that they knew," he says, "and it's very difficult." Instead, Arpaio goes after the undocumented workers they hire, notifying the media every time he rounds up Latino fruit pickers or factory laborers. In the process, according to the Justice Department, Arpaio has frequently arrested and detained U.S. citizens and legal residents of Latino origin, including children, for hours at a time without a charge or a warrant. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
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On Saturday July 28th, Puente Arizona and concerned community members will march to demand dignity and an end to family separation. In light of the recent Supreme Court decision that upheld the racial profiling provision of SB1070, migrant communities and their allies are demanding that President Obama stop the deportation of SB1070’s victims by ending Arizona’s access to federal deportation program Secure Communities. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
Please educate yourself before you being making false accusations. We don't believe a human being can be "illegal." If you don't pay your taxes, are you an illegal? What if you get a speeding ticket? A murder conviction? I don't think so. You're spewing a racist slur that has been thrown into the mainstream lexicon through conservative media outlets and politicians...with purpose of trying to dehumanize and criminalize working people who you and we both benefit from. Don't believe me? Stop eating, visiting, or using anything that comes from the labor of undocumented immigrants. You won't have much left to do, LOL. Marching for rights, yes, RIGHTS, undocumented people do have rights, regardless of their status here in the U.S. While undocumented persons do not enjoy all of the rights granted to citizens by the Constitution, specifically the rights to vote or possess firearms, these rights can also be denied to U.S. citizens convicted of felonies. Courts have ruled that, while they are within the borders of the United States, undocumented persons are granted the same fundamental, undeniable constitutional rights granted to all Americans. Educate yourself, here's some help: Yick Wo v. Hopkins (1886) In Yick Wo v. Hopkins, a case involving the rights of Chinese immigrants, the Court ruled that the 14th Amendment's statement, "Nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws," applied to all persons "without regard to any differences of race, of color, or of nationality," and to "an alien, who has entered the country, and has become subject in all respects to its jurisdiction, and a part of its population, although alleged to be illegally here." (Kaoru Yamataya v. Fisher, 189 U.S. 86 (1903) ) Wong Wing v. U.S. (1896) Citing Yick Wo v. Hopkins, the Court, in the case of Wong Wing v. US, further applied the citizenship-blind nature of the Constitution to the 5th and 6th amendments, stating ". . . it must be concluded that all persons within the territory of the United States are entitled to the protection guaranteed by those amendments, and that even aliens shall not be held to answer for a capital or other infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law." Plyler v. Doe (1982) In Plyler v. Doe, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law prohibiting enrollment of undocumented persons in public school. In its decision, the Court held, "The undocumented persons who are plaintiffs in these cases challenging the statute may claim the benefit of the Equal Protection Clause, which provides that no State shall 'deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.' Whatever his status under the immigration laws, an alien is a 'person' in any ordinary sense of that term… The undocumented status of these children vel non does not establish a sufficient rational basis for denying them benefits that the State affords other residents."
We don't believe a human being can be "illegal." If you don't pay your taxes, are you an illegal? What if you get a speeding ticket? A murder conviction? I don't think so. You're spewing a racist slur that has been thrown into the mainstream lexicon through conservative media outlets and politicians...with purpose of trying to dehumanize and criminalize working people who you and we both benefit from. Don't believe me? Stop eating, visiting, or using anything that comes from the labor of undocumented immigrants. You won't have much left to do, LOL. Educate yourself and stop buying into the conservative doublespeak. Read this: http://altopolimigra.com/?p=2037
In this country, there is still a presumption of innocence that requires a jury to convict someone of a crime. If you don't pay your taxes, are you an illegal? What if you get a speeding ticket? A murder conviction? No. You're still not an illegal. Even alleged terrorists and child molesters aren't labeled illegals. By becoming judge, jury and executioner, you dehumanize the individual and generate animosity toward them. New York Times editorial writer Lawrence Downes says "illegal" is often "a code word for racial and ethnic hatred." Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
The Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s immigration law shredded the law’s radical premise — that a state can write its own foreign policy, impose its own criminal punishments on the undocumented, set its own enforcement priorities and oblige the federal government to go along. That should be the final warning to Arizona and copycat states like Alabama: stop concocting criminal dragnets for civil violators. It’s not your job and you can’t do it. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
The Barrio Defense Committees applaud California Legislature for standing up to Janet Napolitano’s Secure Communities and nipping in the bud any ideas of SB1070 type laws in the State of California. “We expect our Arizona Legislators to do the same in the next legislative session,” said Sendy Vargas after hearing the news. Sendy works with the Barrio Defense Committees throughout the Valley preparing people to know their rights whenever they are stopped under SB1070 or Secure Communities. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
The migrant rights movement in this country is about to enter a new phase and every person, no matter their position, will have to decide how they will relate to it. And so, this is a call to action whether you are a community member directly affected, consider yourself an ally, or someone who up until now has been a bystander in the immigration battles. The undocumented youth movement has set an example of what it is to be unafraid, and the bravery they display far outweighs the courage elected officials lack. They have proven that the safest place for anyone targeted by these laws is out, proud, and part of an organized community. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
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Former Senate President Russell Pearce is scrambling to find a location for a fundraiser scheduled for this afternoon, as two different Phoenix Mexican restaurants told him today that he is not welcome. Pearce has been at the forefront of efforts in Arizona to crack down on illegal immigration and drive the undocumented out of the state. As a legislator, he sponsored the state’s employer sanctions law and SB1070, which is currently being considered by the United States Supreme Court. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
That the [Ethnic Studies] ban should come into effect at the start of Black History Month is poignant and ironic. While the rest of the country is opening up to the diverse interpretations of what it means to be an American, Arizona is shutting down. Those who frame their condition within the broader context of discrimination are not just being told they are wrong; they are being told that to tell others is against the law. In the words of South African activist Steve Biko: “Not only are whites kicking us. They are telling us how to react to being kicked.” Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
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Assuming your European ancestor did in fact arrive here legally, without violating the law of the indigenous people already here, then they surely have either been a part of, or have benefited from, 200 years of unconstitutional, illegal and race-based immigration laws. So please, before you ask “Why don’t they just come legally like our ancestors did?”, let’s recognize the truth of our history and the privileges we have taken for ourselves. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
I pick up the phone at my office at the University of Arizona and learn that I have three recorded messages waiting for me. The first one begins with the caller claiming to be half White and half Native American, addressing me as an "(expletive) Mexican" and a "Raza (expletive)." This while injecting a .357 Magnum into his rant. The second and third calls are similar. The vitriol is inexplicable and virtually incomprehensible, except for the threats of extreme violence. As a lifelong writer, receiving vicious hate mail is not new to me, including receiving a registered letter to my house from the Ku Klux Klan. But receiving death threats as a professor -- this is new. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
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After days of ridicule for launching a conspiracy theory-fueled investigation into Barack Obama’s birth certificate, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett on Tuesday backed off his threat to keep the president off the ballot in November and apologized to his state. “If I embarrassed the state, I apologize, but that certainly wasn’t my intent,” Bennett said in an interview with Phoenix radio station KTAR. “He’ll be on the ballot as long as he fills out the same paperwork and does the same things that everybody else has.” Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
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"Stopping Mexicans to make sure they are legal is not racist. If you have dark skin, you have dark skin! Unfortunately, that is the look of the Mexican illegal." Files of Maricopa County Sheriff J. Arpaio, quoted on page 28 of US District Court Case 2:07-cv-02513-GMS. Document 494 12/23/11 Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
Dear Lanman, It's apparent you have no clue what you're talking about. You generalize about immigrant behavior and you obviously don't know about the process of migrating to the U.S. Please educate yourself and stop generalizing. Start here: http://reason.com/assets/db/07cf533ddb1d06350cf1ddb5942ef5ad.jpg
It is very clear a dispute has broken out between the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, and it's forcing a dilemma for the White House. The DOJ is arriving late to a civil rights crime scene caused in large part by the Department of Homeland Security. Janet Napolitano got Arpaio his immigration badge when she was governor, and rather than correct her mistake as Secretary of DHS, she chose to create more Arpaios by expanding the dangerous 'Secure Communities' (SCOMM) program throughout the country. The case of Joe Arpaio demonstrates Secretary Napolitano's decision to make police 'force multipliers' in the immigration context has multiplied the force of civil rights violations. The DOJ action today will heighten demands on the White House to intervene and suspend Secure Communities. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!
Federal authorities sued America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff Thursday, a rare step after months of negotiations failed to yield an agreement to settle allegations that his department racially profiled Latinos in his immigration patrols. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at ¡Alto Arizona!