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Monday, May 17, 2010

Tell City Council: Albuquerque Is Not Arizona

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry -- a Republican -- introduced a new immigration policy last week that will result in increased deportation and harassment of minorities in our city. Councilors Rey Garduño and Ken Sanchez are introducing two measures at this evening's City Council meeting in response to Mayor Berry's action, as well as the bigoted laws that were recently passed in Arizona:

Calling For The City of Albuquerque To Refrain From Conducting Business With The State of Arizona As Long As Arizona Senate Bill 1070 Remains In Effect (Garduño, Sanchez)

Requiring Procedures In Violation of Adopted City Policy To Cease and Reiterating That No Municipal Resources Be Used To Identify Persons Solely Based On Their Immigration Status (Garduño, Sanchez)

Attend tonight's meeting or contact your City Councilor and ask them to support the Garduño/Sanchez resolutions. The City Council meeting starts at 5:00 PM at One Civic Plaza, downtown, and public comments can be made at 5:30 PM. Everyone must sign up beforehand and will receive 2 minutes each. If you can't attend call or email your Councilor!

Also, please sign this petition, and pass it on to others.

Rachel LaZar, Executive director of El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos, a local immigrants’ rights advocacy organization, had this to say about Mayor Berry's policy in a statement released last week:

"We are glad that the Berry administration recognized that local law enforcement should not be enforcing federal immigration laws -- which would foment racial profiling against all Hispanics, and would be detrimental to public safety. We know that Albuquerque residents would not have tolerated that.

"At the same time, we are extremely disappointed in the Berry administration for prioritizing political expediency over the public safety of our community. Within weeks of the the most anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic law that our nation has seen in recent history, the Mayor’s announcement will undermine community policing and fuel the immigrant communities' already existing perception of seeing local police as immigration agents.

"Unfortunately, the Mayor’s office turned down numerous invites to meet directly with victims’ advocacy groups and immigrant victims of crime themselves before making his anouncement to discuss unintended consequences and, at a minimum, to allow us to inform the community and mitigate the fear that will be propogated by this announcment.”

“You can’t put a stop to something that didn't exist in the first place. It is disingenuous for the Berry administration to announce that Albuquerque is no longer a sanctuary city -- when it was never a sanctuary city. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) has had a permanent presence at the Metropolitan Detention Center for years -- most recently through the implementation of a federal program called Secure Communities -- a program that proceeded Mayor Berry's administration.

"Although Secure Communities purports to go after “dangerous criminals,” it is just as likely to result in someone arrested for an unpaid speeding ticket getting deported; it denies individuals the ability to defend themselves against criminal charges (a cornerstone of the US judical system) and it can also serve as an incentive to make arrests based on race or ethnicity, or to make pretextual arrests of persons just so they can run the person through immigration databases once they are jailed.”

May 17, 2010 at 03:02 PM in Border Issues, Civil Liberties, Hispanic Issues, Immigration, Law Enforcement, Minority Issues | Permalink


We lost on both but our Democrats on the Council and people speaking in favor were terrific,.

Posted by: ImmigrantPower | May 18, 2010 12:14:42 PM

Thank God these resolutions didn't pass!! Let's face it folks, there are legal ways and illegal ways to enter the US. It has always been illegal to enter the US without the proper immigration or visa papers, just as it has in most countries of the world. If the illegal immigrants choose to go that route, then they should expect to get rounded up, penalized, and returned to their country of origin. Just look at any other country's immigration policies. The US has let the illegals slide for way too many decades. It is time for the US to get to work and return our sovereignship back to the legal residents of this great country. If the Federal Gov't won't address the illegal immigration problem we now face, it is up to the individual states to step up to the plate and initiate laws and policies to protect the interests of their residents. Every state in the Union should be supporting Arizona's new law, and the Federal Gov't should take notice and start enforcing the laws already on the books.

Posted by: Bill | May 18, 2010 3:42:50 PM

You show your ignorance of the law "Bill". It is the sole responsibility of the federal government to deal with immigration-by the constitution itself. Immigration enforcement and immigration enforcement are not mixed because that makes for an unsafe situation where people are afraid to report crimes.

I want to know how you would "round up" the people you are talking about. They were encouraged to come here by corporations and other employers because they needed cheap labor. Now we're in an economic tailspin because of the policies of Republicans, so suddenly they are unwelcome.

You must not be brown because you would be in danger of being hounded and arrested in Arizona for that.

Have you ever noticed the Statue of Liberty in NY harbor?

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

You are un-American, mean and ignorant of the real America Bill.

Posted by: Claire | May 18, 2010 5:50:20 PM

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