Four arrested demanding an end to police-ICE collaboration and racial profiling
For immediate release
Today, hundreds marched from the Arizona State Capitol to the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse, demanding an end to police-ICE collaboration in the state of Arizona. Outside of Arpaio’s contempt hearing, four people were arrested blocking an intersection in an act of civil disobedience, holding banners that said “ICE FREE AZ” and “Migra Fuera De AZ” as onlookers chanted “Arrest Arpaio, not the people.”
Carlos Garcia of the Puente Movement says, “Five years ago, the passage of SB1070 exposed the crisis our community faces and incited international outcry. We resisted then and from that momement a human rights movement has continued to organize. Three years ago, at this same intersection, four adults came out of the shadows as undocumented and unafraid outside of Arpaio’s racial profiling trial, sparking a new phase of our movement. Today, the tables have turned as Arpaio faces potential jail time for contempt. Nationally, we have successfully advocated for changes in federal deportation policy but the crisis of unjust enforcement and criminalization continues. With the lawless prejudice of Sheriff Arpaio on full display, we are calling on the President to immediately stop deporting the victims of SB1070 and Arpaio.”
Members of Puente Arizona will hold vigil tonight at 9:30pm outside Sheriff Arpaio’s jail where the four arrested are being held.