Posts Tagged ‘Concerned Citizens of the United States’

Federal judge blocks part of Arizona immigration law – CNN.com.

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) — With scant hours to go before a controversial Arizona immigration law goes into effect, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday against the implementation of parts of the law.

There are seven lawsuits seeking to block its implementation. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton made her ruling on a lawsuit filed by the federal government.

The law, signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in April, requires police to question people about their status if they have been detained for another reason and if there’s reason to suspect they’re in the United States illegally. It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them. It is to go into effect Thursday.

Opponents say the law will lead to racial profiling, which is illegal.

Supporters point out that the law prohibits racial profiling and people cannot be stopped and asked for proof of legal residence based solely on their looks.

In addition to the U.S. Justice Department, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Coalition of Latino Clergy, the Christian Leaders League of United Latin American Citizens and other individuals or groups have asked the judge to halt the law, commonly known as SB 1070. Bolton heard arguments in the case last week from the Justice Department and the ACLU.

The separate hearings were held in Phoenix, where Bolton sits on the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

Bolton’s courtroom was packed during the two July 22 hearings and protesters chanted outside throughout the afternoon.

Seven protesters were arrested on civil disobedience charges, according to the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

The legal arguments revolved around a range of issues, including racial profiling, effective enforcement and possible harm to Arizona’s citizens.

Attorneys from the Obama administration presented their case at the second hearing. The administration’s challenge contends Arizona’s law would usurp federal supremacy on immigration.

Brewer attended the hearing.

Arizona has argued that the federal government has not done a good job of securing the border.

“A law unenforced is no law at all,” said state attorney John Bouma.

The American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of civil rights groups argued earlier in the day that the controversial law amounts to racial profiling and will have a profound effect if it goes into effect.

“It treats people of color as suspects first, rather than citizens,” attorney Karen Tumlin said after the hearing.

Bouma said the law would not treat people unfairly.

“These are hypothetical arguments. Local police are enforcing immigration laws all over the country,” he told Bolton.

Those in favor of the law say SB 1070 is consistent with federal law. They say the law explicitly prohibits racial profiling and they are challenging the legal standing of many of the groups opposed.

They also contend opponents of the law have not been able to show there will be any harm from its implementation.

During the first hearing, Bolton said the law has a section allowing parts to still take effect even if other parts are struck down, according to CNN affiliate KNXV.

Tumlin, managing attorney for the National Immigration Law Center, and other lawyers and foes of SB 1070 repeated assertions that Arizona’s law should be rejected.

“We are here to defend the rights of those who cannot stand up for themselves,” said Terri Leon, CEO of the Friendly House, which supports the legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Bolton heard a challenge to SB 1070 by an Arizona police officer the previous week.

FOR THE FULL RELEASED TEXT OF WHAT THEY ARE BLOCKING: http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/28/azruling.pdf?hpt=T1

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‘State employees behind illegal immigrant list? – Campbell Brown – CNN.com Blogs’

(CNN) Utah officials have identified at least two state employees who are believed to be involved in creating a public listing of some 1,300 purported illegal immigrants.

Two employees of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) have been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the full investigation. The workers could face fines, termination and/or criminal charges.

Following the document’s release, Governor Gary R. Herbert directed all state agencies to conduct an internal review. The DWS quickly drew attention in light of its database, containing data for Medicaid, food stamp programs and unemployment benefits. That type of information was discovered on the list.

“When someone does business with the state of Utah, they deserve to know that their private information will be kept private,” Herbert said Friday.

The investigation comes on the heels of the 29-page list’s release on Tuesday by a group calling itself Concerned Citizens of the United States, which sent the list to several media outlets, government agencies, and lawmakers. The list contained highly personal information, including Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers and even the due dates of expectant mothers. An accompanying memo urged publication of the list and immediate deportation of those mentioned. Citing privacy concerns, all media outlets opted to withhold the names.

Herbert urged Utah lawmakers – some of whom recently began discussing a new immigration law mirroring one recently approved in Arizona – not to harp on the issue to further their political agendas.

“This is a serious public policy matter that should be discussed in a rational and reasonable manner,” Herbert said. “This ‘list’ is not something that should be used for political gain, which is something we have seen over the past week. I encourage everyone, no matter their views on immigration, to approach this with respect for all people and points of view.”

via State employees behind illegal immigrant list? – Campbell Brown – CNN.com Blogs.

WOW!  State employees behind the list… who saw that one coming?  After releasing this list to news agencies, residents, and government officials, we find that the real problem is that the government is stumbling through immigration reform instead of actively creating a pathway that works!

What this has done is created hostile citizens and non-citizens that find that they are on the list.  This is exactly like what is happening over in Arizona, as we all know to well.  The rising of deaths in the Arizona desert because of the heat, and more people are coming because of many reasons, one could be the increase in violence happening within the drug industry in Mexico.

I’m sorry to those that are affected by this list.  Both the people that are on it, and the people who think that identifying the people on this list will serve some sort of greater purpose.  Equal Rights For All!