PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Department of Homeland Security
Stop Arizona: Federal Leadership Now!
Dear President Obama,
I write to ask that you take immediate action to (1) defend the people of Arizona and (2) reform immigration policy pursuant to your existing authority as President of the United States. April 23rd was a sad day for Arizona and a terribly dangerous moment for the rest of our country. SB 1070 codifies hatred into law, disrupts national unity, and constitutes the most blatantly racist legislation in recent memory. Arizona’s new law is the direct result of the federal government’s reckless empowerment of local enforcement agencies to enforce what should be an exclusive federal responsibility, immigration law. The nation expects you to demonstrate leadership and moral courage by acting swiftly to stop this bill from taking effect and eliminating federal programs which led to its creation. Accordingly, I specifically request that you: 1. Reassert the federal government’s exclusive control over immigration law by making clear that state and local police do not have the inherent authority to enforce immigration law. 2. Immediately suspend and terminate all police-ICE partnerships, including 287(g) agreements and the so-called ‘Secure Communities Initiative.” 3. Direct the Department of Homeland Security to refuse to take custody of anyone charged with violating provisions of SB 1070. On Friday, you said: “our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others.” It is time for you to acknowledge that programs enlisting police enforcement of immigration law are precisely the type of irresponsible policy that resulted in Arizona’s SB 1070. Please take appropriate action to stop the state of Arizona and prevent the rest of the country from following its path.
If I thought like Sarah Palin I might say that Arizona was more interested in ‘Arresting Grandma’ then solving the real immigration problem. Gordon makes good points on FOX because he’s talking about demographics in our society that will be out at risk. The elderly are always caught up on the down side of an issue when there are massive changes to laws like this.
Bill Hemmer does his FOX News best by quoting the odious Sheriff Arpaio, who says more people will come to Arizona because the state has become safer. Gordon smacked him around by saying that Arpaio is only making up his own statistics and noted that he’s actually under criminal investigation for civil rights violations. Sheriff Arpaio is one of those trusted FOX News sources. I should also include that most of the MSM uses Boss Tweed all the time. And there are plenty of reports in the news now saying that Arizona businesses are very afraid that this law will drive business away.