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Latino Daily News

Sunday August 15, 2010

NCLR Calls for End to State Level Immigration Policy

NCLR (National Council of La Raza) has released a report – The Impact of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act on the Latino Community. See the full report here in the HSN Library.

The recent signing of Arizona SB 1070 and subsequent reactions to the law have brought significant attention to the dangers of state-level immigration enforcement and the urgent need for comprehensive federal immigration reform. One antecedent of the law is the federal law known as section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act

The nations largest Hispanic advocacy organization calls for the end of Davidson County TN 287(g) program because it is divisive between minorities and law enforcement. The program calls for the checking of a person’s immigration status once they are have been arrested by police.  A majority of Hispanics responding to the survey said they do hesitate to report crimes due to the act.

‘The real significant finding is the undermining (of safety) because of this program,’ said Stephen Fotopulos, the coalition’s executive director.

These actions erode the trust a community has in law enforcement, said Art Venegas, former police chief in Sacramento, Calif., who went over the report in a telephone briefing.  ‘Sometimes (officers) allow their biases and bigotry and their misbehavior to come through,’ he said. ‘When you have that, you can’t secure a community.’