Target: President Obama
Goal: To urge President Obama to take a stand against discriminatory immigration policies in Arizona
On June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld a portion of Arizona immigration law which requires police to check the legal status of suspected undocumented immigrants. This ruling allows police officers to legally harass people based on “reasonable suspicion.” Arizona law enforcement has been known to unfairly target Latinos. Since physical characteristics can be used as evidence for reasonable suspicion, the ruling condones increased racial profiling in Arizona. President Obama needs to stop racial profiling by cutting off Arizona’s access to federal immigration enforcement.
Arizona is no stranger to racial profiling. Joseph Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, is one of the state’s strictest enforcers of discriminatory policies. According to the Justice Department, Maricopa County sheriff’s officers have illegally searched, detained, and arrested Latinos (including U.S. citizens) at traffic stops since 2006. The Sheriff’s Office also discriminates against prison inmates who cannot speak fluent English; commands are only given in English and inmates are forced to sign English-language contracts in which they concede legal protections. Not surprisingly, Sheriff Joe Arpaio called the Supreme Court’s recent decision “a good ruling.”
Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law, known as Arizona SB 1070, imposed the country’s strictest anti-immigration policies. Many critics questioned the legislation’s constitutionality and potential infringement on civil rights. Although the Supreme Court struck down three major provisions of SB 1070, it upheld the most visible part of the legislation – Section 2(b). This ruling legally justifies many of Arizona’s racially discriminatory policies.
The Supreme Court’s ruling will allow racial profiling to continue in Arizona. However, these civil rights violations cannot be carried out if the federal government refuses to deport victims of SB 1070. By signing this petition, you will help urge President Obama to take a stand against racial profiling by cutting off Arizona’s access to federal immigration enforcement.
Dear President Barack Obama,
Arizona’s racially discriminatory policies must be stopped. Arizona law enforcement, particularly Maricopa County sheriff’s officers, have been known to target and discriminate against Latinos. The recent Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070 will exacerbate this problem. Although the Supreme Court struck down three major provisions of the bill, it upheld Section 2(b), which allows officers to check the legal status of individuals based upon “reasonable suspicion.”
The Justice Department claims that Maricopa County sheriff’s officers have targeted Latinos (including American citizens) at traffic stops since 2006. The recent Supreme Court ruling would justify similar discriminatory policies. This form of racial profiling is unacceptable.
However, these civil rights violations can only continue if the federal government deports the victims of SB 1070. I am urging you to take a stand against racial profiling. Please cut off Arizona’s access to federal immigration enforcement and help stop racial profiling.
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