Thursday, December 22, 2011

Press Release: Melendrez vs. Arpaio "No Inherent Authority"

Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio
 Barrio Defense Committees 
Date:  December 22, 2011 
"Arpaio has no inherent authority to enforce civil immigration laws." 
The CDB Families and Community at Large
expecting decision on the

Phoenix, AZ -  US Disctrict Court Judge Snow will rule within 48 hours on the Melendrez vs. Arpaio case. His decision whether to send it to trial or judge on the evidence presented will have major implications for community policing within Arizona and Nationally. 

The attorneys for Arpaio acknowleged today that Arpaio does not have “inherent authority” to enforce civil immigration laws. This is already a huge victory for the community represented by ACLU and MALDEF.

Sheriff Arpaio had spent thousands of dollars to prove their inherent authority to enforce “civil immigration law” bringing extreme anti migrant attorney Chris Kobach to train his non-287(g) officers on how to enforce immigration law even without the Federal Agreement. 

“Arpaio is only the symptom of a disease that lies at the footsteps of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Obama himself,” concluded Salvador Reza present at the hearing. 

The families and community at large united within the Barrio Defense Committees awaits the decision with great expectation given the fact that other police officers utilize the “discretion” under the SB1070 provisions to racially profile. 

“The Obama Administration enabled the monster called Arpaio. It is time for the Obama Administration to dismantle the 287(g) programs and Secure Communities nationwide and stop the horror stories throughout the nation,” said Anayanse Garza, CDB organizer after the Court Hearing today at the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse.


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