Entries Tagged 'Immigrant Detention' ↓
July 31st, 2010 — Copwatch in the News, Immigrant Detention, Police State, Racism, Rights
From Time Magazine:
“Another factor (in the law numbers of immigrant detentions in Arpaio’s recent sweep) may well have been Lydia Guzman, a prominent Hispanic activist, who, along with a group called CopWatch, designed a detailed messaging system to warn the Phoenix Valley of immigration sweeps. Guzman sent an initial text blast to 100 rapid response teams of business owners, Spanish radio stations, pastors and teachers, each of whom messaged their respective networks. At the same time, Guzman contacted lawyers, social workers and elected officials to be at the ready to help. “It spiderwebs out,” she says. “Before you know it my text tree spreads out to thousands of people.
In addition to Guzman’s tweets, CopWatch visibly tails police operations. On Thursday, in one small West Phoenix mobile command center, members of CopWatch monitored police communications. “They just said ’294 King’ — that means immigration. Let’s go,” cried one member listening to the police scanners. And with that CopWatch activists grabbed cameras, lawyer contacts and car keys to follow Arpaio’s sweep.”
An awesome heroic effort on the part of CWers in Arizona!
April 28th, 2010 — Immigrant Detention, Police State, Racism, Rights
“Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced another illegal-immigration enforcement operation for this weekend in Phoenix, marking Arpaio’s 15th concerted effort to root out illegal immigrants but the first since Gov. Jan Brewer signed a controversial new immigration-enforcement law last week.
Arpaio has been talking about bringing another “crime-suppression operation” to Phoenix for a month, and the new legislation that obligates local police to ask suspects about immigration status won’t go into effect for several months, but the convergence of the two events means Arpaio’s weekend effort likely will receive a bigger spotlight.”
Seriously, someone needs to stop this White-Supremacist Cowboy Fascist!
February 15th, 2010 — Checkpoints, Immigrant Detention, Police State, Racism
From Mother Jones:
“Sobriety checkpoints in California are increasingly turning into profitable operations for local police departments—operations that are far more likely to seize cars from unlicensed motorists than catch drunk drivers. An investigation by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley with California Watch has found that impounds at checkpoints in 2009 generated an estimated $40 million in towing fees and police fines—revenue that cities divide with towing firms. In addition, police officers received about $30 million in overtime pay for the DUI crackdowns, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Sobriety checkpoints frequently screen traffic within, or near, Hispanic neighborhoods. Cities where Hispanics are a majority of the population are seizing cars at three times the rate of cities with small minority populations. In South Gate, a Los Angeles County city where Hispanics make up 92 percent of the population, police confiscated an average of 86 vehicles per operation last fiscal year.”
These things are specifically designed to steal people’s (specifically immigrants’) cars and to channel cash into the pockets of tow companies and cops. More interesting: people at the UC can stop it!
December 19th, 2009 — Immigrant Detention, Police State
From the Nation:
“”If you don’t have enough evidence to charge someone criminally but you think he’s illegal, we can make him disappear.” Those chilling words were spoken by James Pendergraph, then executive director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of State and Local Coordination, at a conference of police and sheriffs in August 2008. Also present was Amnesty International’s Sarnata Reynolds, who wrote about the incident in the 2009 report “Jailed Without Justice” and said in an interview, “It was almost surreal being there, particularly being someone from an organization that has worked on disappearances for decades in other countries. I couldn’t believe he would say it so boldly, as though it weren’t anything wrong.”
Pendergraph knew that ICE could disappear people, because he knew that in addition to the publicly listed field offices and detention sites, ICE is also confining people in 186 unlisted and unmarked subfield offices, many in suburban office parks or commercial spaces revealing no information about their ICE tenants–nary a sign, a marked car or even a US flag. (Presumably there is a flag at the Veterans Affairs Complex in Castle Point, New York, but no one would associate it with the Criminal Alien Program ICE is running out of Building 7.) Designed for confining individuals in transit, with no beds or showers, subfield offices are not subject to ICE Detention Standards. The subfield office network was mentioned in an October report by Dora Schriro, then special adviser to Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, but no locations were provided.”
Too creepy. Undoubtedly, these exist in our area. It might be good to get to work putting together some intel.