In Tucson on Feb. 19, AFSC joined a coalition protesting at the federal courthouse seeking an end to the federal program "Operation Streamline." Under the Bush-era policy, in certain sectors of the border, every immigrant who crosses the illegally is charged in the criminal courts instead of the civil immigration system. Under Streamline, courts hear dozens of cases at one time, which has raised concerns that the program robs immigrants of their rights, including the right to due process.
Immigrant leaders, clergy, and other concerned people gathered at the State House June 25 to express alarm at aspects of the US Supreme Court’s ruling upholding part of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law.
The decision affirmed that the federal government maintains sole control over immigration policies. However, it also sustained the egregious “show me your papers” clause which in its implementation implicitly endorses racial profiling.
Today the US Supreme Court declared that several sections of Arizona's harsh anti-immigrant law were pre-empted by federal law and therefore could not be enforced. However, by unanimous vote they upheld the "Show Us Your Papers" provision of Arizona's law, opening up the door for massive raical and ethnic profliling. Advocates for the rights of immigrants will hold a vigil at the State House to express ongoing concern and commitment.
The offering for this month's film series is a video made by a student group (mostly from Howard University in DC) who went on a delegation to Arizona to learn about how SB 1070 is affecting people living there. This 15 minute film was made by the Center for New Community in Chicago with the intent of using it at universities and with young people to inform and inspire them to get involved on the issue.
The Commission on Witness and Action of the NH Conference of the United Church of Christ and the NH Program of the American Friends Service Committee are hosting a New Hampshire statewide speaking tour with Rev. Liana Rowe, an immigrants' rights advocate from Arizona. For the schedule of events and other information, click here.
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