Ironically, it was with this force that Arpaio wreaked terror on Latino communities through immigrant-hunting sweeps utilizing racial-profiling tactics that, in turn, led to Arpaio's 287(g) contract getting discontinued.

It led also to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice this year, aimed at the sheriff's widespread discriminatory policing.

All this makes it obvious that increased civil disobedience is necessary to get the point across to the Obama administration.

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"There needs to be a show of force," says Soto. "Meaning we're not going to let [the government] operate the way [it] wants to operate. Whatever that means, whatever that looks like."


Isabel Garcia of the Tucson human-rights organization Coalition de Derechos Humanos agrees that Latinos and their supporters must ramp up public protests.

"At some point...there will have to be a call for mass disobedience," she notes.

Garcia fears that what she calls the "Tucson model" will become standard throughout the country.

Tucson is 60 miles north of the border, within the Border Patrol's constitution-free zone of operations. When Tucson cops run across someone they believe is undocumented, they call the Border Patrol, and the suspected illegal immigrants are carted away in trucks that look like dog kennels.

"Here [in Tucson] you can be back across that border in an hour, and your family doesn't know anything," says Garcia. "It's really brutal."

If the Supreme Court rules as predicted, Arizona law enforcement will have an "absolute license" to practice racial profiling, she adds.

Pablo Alvarado, director of the Los Angeles-based National Day Laborer Organizing Network, says his immigrant-rights coalition will "push back, hard," if the Supreme Court upholds the "papers, please" portion of 1070.

That pushback will take many forms: legally (Alvarado's group already is a plaintiff in one of the lawsuits against 1070); by supporting anti-1070 legislation, such as California's proposed TRUST Act; through political pressure to create new "sanctuary cities"; and by taking it to the streets.

"We will create a [moral] dilemma for everyone, friends or foes," Alvarado promises of the coming wave of protest.

His organization plans a Freedom Ride-style bus tour through states with 1070-like laws. In the bus will be scores of undocumented families who will present themselves to local and federal authorities in different cities, daring law enforcement to arrest them.

Alvarado said the idea was inspired by students agitating for the DREAM Act nationwide. In Alabama, D.C., Florida and Arizona, these activists, brought to this country when they were children, have declared themselves "undocumented and unafraid," while participating in acts of civil disobedience.

One of the more daring examples of DREAM Act civil disobedience occurred in March, when 150 student protesters blocked a street in west Phoenix. Six undocumented students chose not to move from the center of the street and were arrested, thus risking deportation.

In a YouTube clip released to coincide with her arrest with the others, Daniela Cruz explained how she and fellow DREAMers were fed up with living in a limbo where they cannot legally work or go to college at an in-state tuition rate. America is the only home they've ever known, and they demonstrated that they are through being victims.

"I'm willing to risk everything I have," Cruz told her audience. "I'm willing to risk being deported, because I'm done seeing people be scared."

To the surprise of both her and her jailers, ICE holds on Cruz and her cohorts were mysteriously lifted during their 28-hour stay in Joe Arpaio's jail. They were released on misdemeanor charges.

Cruz and her pals quickly became heroes in the Latino community.

"One day we'll be reading about them in history books!" declares Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo, who is pushing for repeal of 1070.

Gallardo predicts increased public protests in the wake of the expected Supreme Court ruling. "I'll be right there with them," he says.

A demonstration by the Phoenix human-rights group Puente scheduled for June 23 will target Arpaio's infamous Tent City, a makeshift jail that has housed some 400,000 inmates since 1993. Hundreds of Unitarian Universalists who will convene in Phoenix during that weekend for a national conference will participate in the protest.

The Unitarians and Puente teamed up in 2010 for a massive show of anti-1070 civil disobedience that rocked Phoenix.

Puente's Carlos Garcia cites the example set by the DREAM Act kids as one to emluate.

"When undocumented people confront the system, it crumbles," he says. "And it becomes clear that they are more afraid of us than we are of them."

Given the status quo — a deadlocked Congress, an indifferent Supreme Court and a president who's playing politics at the expense of his Latino constituency — what's needed this election year is the type of unrest this country hasn't seen since the 1970s, something on par with the 2011 student protests in Chile, where thousands of students took over Santiago to protest that country's unequal education system.

A refrain from the Shining Soul song "Papers" sums up the situation Latinos find themselves in — once again.

"Click-clack/Where your papers at?/We under attack/Fight back/It's war."

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knowdoubt
knowdoubt

Hmm.. that could be a positive thing. Civil disobedience by the illegals & any supporters would at least bring the rats out of their holes into the open to be properly disposed of.

Miker54
Miker54

Another illustration of sensationalizing something that is simply an invalid posture ! The "fact" is that there are laws regarding legal residence in this nation that are being skirted. If you disagree with the laws - understandable..... but breaking the laws in an effort to revise the laws is dong nothing more than alienating anyone who you may have a sliver of a chance in convincing that the laws are in need of revision or change. The "fact" remains that the laws are still the laws. What gives anyone the "legal" authority to break the laws with no consequence to promote change ? The answer is "nothing" ! Until the laws are changed or revised if you are not in compliance or agreement with them simply leave and reside elsewhere !

Paythepriceasyougo
Paythepriceasyougo

Hacim what have you been smoking. Blacks did not build the huge plantation mansions. They were built bywhite people who had trade skills. All blacks did was pick cotton, tobacco, fornicate. White sharecroppers pick cotton and tobacco before blacks but those southern rich poeple wanted to make more money so they bought slaves from the dutch who bought slaves from african kings and chiefs. Please quit the crack If you can read and comprehend look up the term indentured servant. These people sold themselves into slavery to get to the colonies. If they screwed up they were sent back. They received no pay and lived in utter poverty and they were white. They built more of the colonies than black slaves; a million times more so your crying of lies do not mix here.

Hacim Obmed
Hacim Obmed

Your views are disgusting. Black people helped build this country from nothing. Our whole industrial revolution was build on the basis of cheap cotton picked by black slaves in the american south. The slaves worked all their lives and were deprived of their fair wages. Lots of people got very rich but they never saw a dime. Everyone even in the north profited from the textile industry and the whole world got cheap clothing. There is hardly enough money in this country to pay their descendants the back wages due with reasonable interest. As a result, the black people of this country own a very large equity stake in what we have built. African Americans OWN a big slice of this nation and they have a perfect right to say who comes and how goes.

Hacim Obmed
Hacim Obmed

Civil disobedience is it? Disobey all you want. Your disdain for the law of the american people is already perfectly clear. You have no right to break into our country without invitation. You have no right to take a job that rightfully belongs to one of the 25 million unemployed Americas. You will find no amnesty of forgiveness for these crimes. Deportation is the least you can expect.

Skada682
Skada682

Please stop calling them "undocumented immigrants". They are ILLEGAL immigrants. I don't feel sorry for them. They should come here legally. If the process is too much or too long-too bad. We are not going to rearrange our process to accommodate any immigrants coming into this country because they think "it's too hard". If you don't like the process-then go away and try somewhere else. Oh and shut the hell up already about how everything is about color and race. Everything is not. This is about equality. Immigrants should equally contribute the growth and prosperity of America. The can become naturalized citizens if they wanted too. The opportunity is there, they should use it. Most Americans just want EVERYONE to adhere to the law. You, know that thing we should not break. We cannot pick and choose which laws to enforce.

Marcrn45
Marcrn45

If all the illegals stage a protest wouldn't it make it easier to round them up and deport them?

augustoperez
augustoperez

This is a particularly ill written piece of propaganda... The illegal aliens, in this particular case from Mexico, as we seem to be looking at the Southwest... state that they will engage in "push-back", that they are in a "war", etc... Yet they bristle whenever an American refers to them as an occupation force... The threat of civil disobedience is nothing more than a threat of violence... Let's see if they follow through, because it will be a cold bucket of water for voters to see the kind of folks that are aligned against the will of the People who vote and pay all their taxes. It happened back when the y"marched" and US TV viewers were shocked at seeing tens of thousands stampedeing through downtown areas. So, go ahead and act out like the little moody anarchists you are... It can only help the cause of those who demand that our government enforce all laws, all the time.

Arthur Wiederhold
Arthur Wiederhold

Those who were kicked out snuck into the US ILLEGALLY. What part of ILLEGAL doesn't the writer of this trash piece get??? The Village Voice has always been one of the most left-leaning rags in America and these articles prove that in spades. If you're here illegally, you have no rights--PERIOD. And I don't give a damn what country you come from!

Paythepriceasyougo
Paythepriceasyougo

Steven Lemons, author of this farce article, has a lemon for brain. His dumbdown education lacks the inteeligence to know hispanics are white people with tans, White people in Florida have darker skin than white people in Montana.The truth is hispanics ancestry comes from Europe just like the greek-americans who have brown skin and speak another lanuguage and the same goes for sicilian-americans also others.Greek-americans, czec-americans, italian-americans etc... etc.. and hispanic-americans ancestors all come from Europe. Thus hispanics are NOT A minority NOR ARE they another race.Come on liberals quit this fraudelent activity.

magyart
magyart

ILLEGAL immigration enforcement is not ethic cleansing or an attack against people of color. We accept many LEGAL immigrants of various minorities and of many colors.

People here ILLEGALLY, are not entitled to full Constitutional rights, for they are not part of "We the People".They have limited rights and should exercise their right to self deport.

Go ahead and protest, see if that works for you. It will only result in more states following the lead of AZ and AL. They are protecting LEGAL immigrants and citizens.

Remember to vote AGAINST the politicians that support ILLEGAL residents, over LEGAL residents.

Dave Gorak
Dave Gorak

Memo to Mr. Lemons: Stop whining about deportations; being here illegally is a deportable offense. Ever hear of Barbara Jordan? She chaired President Clinton's immigration reform commission, and she said that if our immigration policy was to have any credibility, people who don't belong here must be removed. If you insist on whining, then whine about a federal government that is allowing 7 million illegal to keep their non-farming jobs while 20 million Americans can't find full-time work. These jobs are in the construction, manufacturing, transportation, and service and hospitality industries. By the way, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says 70 percent of these ALREADY are being done by Americans.

Executive directorMidwest Coalition to Reduce ImmigrationLa Valle, WI

P.S. Ms. Jordan was black, just in case you're thinking that pro-enforcement advocates are motivated by racism.

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

The usual open border entities are defying--THE AMERICAN PEOPLE--and are implicit in this weakening of our laws is Janet Napolitano, head of the Homeland Security, Eric Holder running the Department of Justice. Now we have Washington, D.C. Mayor-Vincent Gray denying the principles that govern us, signing a executive order similar to the directive in Los Angeles, that prohibits police officers from detaining foreign nationals even though even though it’s a mandated law, “SECURE COMMUNITIES”. All these so called politicians, the governors, Mayors and other elected political appendages of every level of government should be thrown in the street, when they are adverse to public’s will. For decades the government have repeatedly ignored, that mainstream demands was to build a secure barrier between the U.S and Mexico. There has been no real deterrent of overstays that disappear after leaving airports.

Anybody who has investigated the Democratic leadership would find they slowly weaken 287 G that gave regular police training to question suspicious people about their immigrant status? But oddly currently however the administration has mandated ‘Secure Communities’ which curbs illegal aliens who have been caught, and now subjected to fingerprinting and reviewed by Homeland Security and the ICE branch. Arizona County Sheriff Joe Ariapo was marked by radical groups as was his office; his deputies having a incredulous success until illegal immigration groups didn’t condone him apprehending not just alien criminal, but illegal aliens who have snubbed our laws in his jurisdiction.

We all must realize that BLANKET AMNESTY on the immediate horizon if Obama is returned in November to the white House. Liberals will pull out all the stops to collapse anything that smells of immigration enforcement, including the left’s politicians ignoring illegal aliens voting nationwide.

By now most business are cognizant of the federal program E-Verify? It distinguishes US citizens and legal residents from illegal labor. Although not flawless, it has a 99.6 success rate and observably will overtime become even more constructive to business that believes in the "Rule of Law." Opponents in both the business sector and even on Capitol Hill have released a torrent of abuse against the application and both parties have refused to vote on this mandated law. That includes its function to reveal counterfeit documentation and spurious ID and reject foreign workers, so American can be hired. So even if you are flagged, and eligible to work, irregularities are resolved by GOING TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE TO BE EXONERATED? ONLY ILLEGAL LABOR WILL AVOID TURNING TO SSA FOR RESOLVING THIS ISSUE.

The open border conspirators may be defeated, when the federal Supreme Court a makes a major decision this month on Arizona policing laws. It could change the outlook of all 50 states, which are observing with great scrutiny if the central government says only there power is absolute. That Arizona cannot protect its own people from unfettered movement of illegal aliens, that they must keep paying for the thieves that are stealing our sovereignty and public entitlements But as E-Verify are perfected it needs to become a permanent tool in the incomplete arsenal of immigration enforcement. It needs to reach out to every company, big and small, in our country and every individual who works there? E-Verify eventually will expel foreign national from the workplace, without financial appropriations on a large scale. These people will self-deport when they cannot be hired anymore.

Businesses will be facing huge fines and prison as the ultimate deterrent. In time it will save our ailing schools, health care, home mortgages and government welfare system. Look to NUMBERSUSA for honest an answer, that includes costs to taxpayers for the new blanket AMNESTY. Which Senators and Republicans, which Governors, Mayors and other elected officials are anti-US American Worker and immigration upgrades? Illegal Immigration, the leaking border region, chain migration, sanctuary cities will certainly be an issue before we arrive at the presidential election. Sanctuary states as California, Nevada, and New York are overwhelmed by the need for more taxes, to pay for the overload of foreign nationals.

California is already suffering from a 16 billion dollar deficit and its liberal Governor, and mostly far left assembly are already determined to siphon of more taxes, from one of the highest taxes rates in the nation. Even more dismal for the future of California is that individuals are trying to pass a state approved Amnesty, for their millions of outlaws. How more insane can this be, when they are already running a huge deficit, by giving illegal aliens welfare, food stamps, health care in the form of MediCAL, Section 8 housing and a education for their children to K-12, although this isn’t true as they are passing laws so these students can appropriate state tax payer dollars for college. Many of educated U.S. born children cannot get into college, as they cannot afford the tuition fees.

Not many Americans have comprehended that if; IF Congress passed an amendment of ‘THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL’, there wouldn’t be any more open door of instant citizenship for their children. The 400.000 children who are smuggled through entry ports would no longer qualify for instant citizenship, thereby disabling to some extent unfunded court mandates. It would not be that feasible to bring their unborn child, here unless one parent was a citizen. If enacted the ‘BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP LAW’ would end this hundred billion dollar gift certificate by the left and some Republicans. It would lower classroom size, halt the multiculturalism that is destroying our school performance and return some sanity to our laws of immigration enforcement.

As an example Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has a miserable enforcement grade of "C-". He was out to erase E-Verify, under fund the border fence from the beginning of the Democratic administration. He is also solely to blame from the earliest vote to halt the incomprehensible theft of illegal aliens stealing $4.6 billion dollars in child tax credits, when most of the children have no residence in the United States. This is bar far the most disgusting state of affairs and Congress has just woken up to the situation.

JUDICIAL WATCH is a public watchdog group Promoting Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Government, Politics and the Law. They uncover misconduct by government officials and litigation to hold to account politicians and public officials who engage in corrupt activities. Finally ALIPAC informs the public about the coming nightmare of OVERPOPULATION that is already exhibiting itself in our deteriorating infrastructure. TELL YOU’RE POLITICIANS YOU HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE IF THEY PRESS FOR ANY MORE ARMNESTIES, YOU CAN REACH THEM AT THE FEDERAL CLEARING PHONE CENTER AT 202-224-3121.

Join multiple millions of TEA PARTY members and don’t let the Socialist drive us into the dark ages again? We must be very vigilant as these elections in California, and some of the other 50 states as non citizens are voting and will again, including the general election.

SAY NO PRO –ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT LIBERAL SOCIALIST--SANCTUARY CITY—OR BEING HOODWINKED BY GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN OR ANY STATE GOVERNOR MORE TAXES, TO SUPPORT ILLEGAL MIGRANT, IMMIGRANTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. GO HOME, LET THERE OWN COUNTRIES PAY FOR THEIR NEEDS AND NOT A FINANCIAL BURDEN FOR U.S. TAXPAYERS

Every American state should take a page from the state of Missouri, who denies they have any illegal aliens in their midst. The "Show Me" state has once again shown us how it should be done? There wants to be more publicity and disclosure concerning what Missouri has done; so, let's pass this around the country. Incidentally, Missouri is not running a deficit as with California, Nevada and other pro-illegal immigration states?

In 2007, Missouri placed on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment designating English as the official language of Missouri.

In November, 2008, nearly 90% voted in favor! Thus, English became the official language for ALL governmental activity in Missouri. And so NO individual has the right to demand government services in a language OTHER than English.

In 2008, a measure was approved requiring the Missouri Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials to validate the immigration status of all person arrested, inform the federal authorities if the person is found to be in Missouri illegally. Missouri law enforcement officers receive specific training with respect to enforcement of federal immigration laws.

In Missouri, illegal immigrants do NOT have admittance to taxpayer’s benefits such as food stamps and health care through the state’s Health net. In 2009, a measure was passed that ensures Missouri’s public institutions of higher education do NOT award financial aid to individuals who are illegally in the United States.

In Missouri, all post-secondary institutions of higher education are required to annually certify to the Missouri Dept. of Higher Education that they have NOT consciously awarded financial aid to students who are unlawfully present in the United States.

So, while Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, South Carolina, Florida has made national news for policing laws, it is important to remember, Missouri has been far more proactive in addressing this inexplicable issue - but on a step-by-step basis. States as Florida are waiting on the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s cry for help, from their crippling financial immigration occupation?

The state of Missouri has made it clear that illegal immigrants are NOT welcome in the state and they will certainly NOT receive public benefits at the expense of Missouri taxpayers.

ana
ana

It would not give DEEAMers papers but provide a pathway to citizenship, years of good moral behavior, and much more requirements

JWW
JWW

So, in other words, this article wants to encourage people who are already committing a crime to commit further crimes, thus making them an even bigger enemy and potentially inviting the wrath of the U.S. military down on their heads?

Yeah. Because the illegal immigrants winning a Darwin Award will really help them. I swear, it's like people don't even use basic common sense in what they're advising.

abusedcitizen
abusedcitizen

I find it humous that Lemons advocates civil disobediance by illegal aliens. Isn't that what every moment of their life is?Personally, I believe that the best tactic to combat "locking their arms together in PVC pipe, a move known as the "sleeping dragon" is to do nothing. Just enjoy the entertainment when the idiots try to figure out how to relieve themselves with their arms locked in PVC pipe, chained to fences or necks connected by bicycle locks. It will take only 1 episode to eliminate this as a serious tactic.Or, just arrest all of the lawbreakers, scan their fingerprints and immediately deport the illegal aliens.

Robert Oates
Robert Oates

wow you sound angry- one in 4 Latinos knows a criminal -and the part [Latinos are run Thur the system more often] that means they get arrested more often you said it so it must be true I cant believe you want to make this out to be about race listen real close ILLEGAL IS NOT A RACE ---ILLEGAL IS NOT A RACE ILLEGAL IS NOT A RACE I hope you illegals do get mad and try to disrupt any thing its just a matter of time before the government starts deporting all the trouble makers first because before long all illegals will be gone you try to make like your struggle is like the black struggle you illegals do so much harm to black people you put millions of black men out of work buy working for less- black men owned hundred's of roofing business thousands of landscaping business and now its all run by illegals and even small contracting business and millions more worked doing those jobs now all and I mean all those jobs are done by illegals even the jobs that poor American kids once did in fast food are all gone now its being done by illegals -why cant you and all the illegals and they send most of there money out of the country take a hint dont you have any kind of love for your own country I would never ever sneak out on my country dont you illegals have any pride even a dog would not go live next door just because the other house has better stuff

Ali Alexander
Ali Alexander

"Civil disobedience" is carried out by CITIZENS of a country. Illegal aliens are not even legal residents of this country, much less citizens, and the CITIZENS of this country do want our immigration laws enforced. In fact, disruption of this sort carried out by illegal aliens should be considered an act of war and the illegal aliens themselves an invading force subject to military action.

And don't kid yourself. The Border Patrol and such don't act because the issue isn't important enough and acting would only give it greater news value.

Vickie Arnold
Vickie Arnold

Oh please, this joke of an article lost me at calling Arizona's attempts to protect itself from an invasive mob "ethnic cleansing." These people will stop at nothing to align themselves with Jews, blacks, or anyone else's situation they can hijack to use for their sneak thievery.

abusedcitizen
abusedcitizen

I believe you are confused. Vickie made it quite clear she is opposed to invasive mobs. Hitler was the leader of a mob who took over a country then invaded others. Read your history.

Big D
Big D

You really have no other leg to stand on do you? RIGHT CHRISTIAN? As an African American I think its hysterical that these people here illegally think they can compare their breaking the law to the civil rights movement along with comparing themselves to the Jews during the holocaust. You should be careful in what context you talk about Hitler, especially not knowing a thing about what that population went through during the second world war. Think about what you say before you open your mouth. you sound pathetic.

Hacim Obmed
Hacim Obmed

Big D. Thank you for your views. You are so right. I cannot beleive the immorality of these people in claiming the need for asylum on the basis of phony stories. What government is trying to kill them in Mexico? Who is depriving them of their civil rights. Mexico is a pretty modern country with a growing economy. These false claims of refugee status are debauching the whole concept of asylum. It is a dangerous game. If this keeps up, people with real claims will be viewed with suspicion and turned away. People will not be played for suckers. There are a few places in the world where people are being slaughtered and have to flee for their lives. Such individuals are legitimate refugees who deserve asylum under our generous laws. But peasants from south of the border who want to make a fast buck do not qualify. Poor people who want a better life may deserve sympathy but they do not qualify as refugees (period). They must apply for immigration along with all others in their situation.

Phantom
Phantom

Big D, i think its hysterical you have the attitude you do. An argument can be made that the southwest belonged to mexico. Your people on the other hand were brought here in slave ships like wild animals. They continue to prove this each and every day by their behavior. they should of been deported to africa as soon as slavery was over! So be grateful you even get to live here. Wasn't this country much safer when you were serving massa? It was better back then so be grateful you get to stay in america and not returned to africa climbing up trees and running around naked chanting "aboombaghu"

 
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