On Anniversary of Racial Profiling Bill, Puente to March Against Police-ICE Collaboration as Deportations Continue
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Puente will lead a march on April 23rd at 3:00pm from the Arizona Capitol to 4thAvenue Jail demanding the President stop his collaboration with Arizona law enforcement and remove his ICE agents from Sheriff Arpaio’s jail.
Phoenix, AZ – April 23rd marks the fifth anniversary of former Governor Brewer signing infamous racial profiling bill, SB1070, into law. The bill sparked a human rights movement led by directly impacted people that has learned to be resilient, fight for ourselves, and continues to organize in the face of the ongoing crisis of deportations and criminalization.
Driven by a persisting deportation quota and continuing to disavow discretion, ICE agents are still posted in Arpaio’s 4th Avenue Jail. On April 23, the fifth anniversary of SB1070, Puente will launch its ICE FREE AZ campaign to remove federal deportation agents from Maricopa County jails.
Carlos Garcia, Director of the Puente Movement, says, “No matter what the court decides on Friday about deferred action, it is still in the President’s hands to stop deportations. If the President truly wants to keep families together, he would stop collaborating with police forces that are so biased they launch an investigation into his own birth certificate. We took away Sheriff Arpaio’s immigration authority but there’s no taking away his prejudice. By allowing ICE agents to work with law enforcement in the state of Arizona with SB1070 in effect and Arpaio in office, the President is knowingly deporting victims of profiling and that’s what we plan to stop.”
Maria del Rosario Rodriguez, who was deported in 2011 and returned home when her 19-year-old daughter launched a hunger strike in front of the White House in May, 2014, says, “I was only able to return home to be with my family because of the strength of our community organizing against deportations and family separation. The arrests and deportations continue every day. Our voice is our power and we are marching to make sure no family has to suffer like mine did.”