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.