For Immediate Release
Secretary Napolitano Testifies Administration Will Review Arizona Immigration Law
WASHINGTON - At a Senate
Judiciary Committee hearing earlier today, Secretary of Homeland
Security Janet Napolitano said the Justice Department will review the
recently passed Arizona anti-immigrant law.
Arizona law is the most extreme anti-immigrant law in the country,
requiring law enforcement to question individuals about their
immigration status during everyday police encounters, creating new
immigration crimes and penalties inconsistent with those in federal law,
asserting sweeping authority to detain and transport persons suspected
of violating civil immigration laws and prohibiting speech and other
expressive activity by persons seeking work. Secretary Napolitano stated
that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deep concerns with
the law’s effects and that such broad immigration enforcement may
detract and siphon resources away from ICE’s priority of focusing on the
most serious criminals.
American Civil Liberties Union fiercely opposes the Arizona law,
believing it will result in racial and ethnic profiling and alienate
immigrant communities from cooperating with the police.
following can be attributed to Omar Jadwat, a staff attorney with the
ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project:
there’s ever a time for the Obama administration to step in and take a
stand for fairness and equality, the time is now. We call on the Obama
administration to take every step within its power to make sure this
abhorrent, discriminatory law never takes effect.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.