News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Forum aims to address racial-profiling concerns

Daniel González

The Arizona Republic
Mar. 4, 2008 12:00 AM

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has arrested hundreds of illegal immigrants over the past year, but some Latino community leaders say the crackdown has come at a price: a surge in racial profiling.

"It appears that this is an issue that is occurring in our state, and there is definitely concern over it," said Melanie Pate, chief counsel of the Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General's Office.

Her office, along with the Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board, will hold a forum Thursday on the issue. Public comments help determine whether to draft recommendations to combat discriminatory police practices, she said.

Phoenix lawyer Antonio Bustamante said authorities use traffic stops as a pretext to arrest illegal immigrants. Racial profiling is hard to prove, he said, and there is no hard data. But Bustamante said anecdotal evidence is increasing and supports claims.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said his deputies have been trained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to avoid profiling. Since 100 deputies received training last March, they have arrested 790 illegal immigrants on federal charges while performing routine duties, including traffic stops.

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