Posted on June 3, 2010

Hispanic Caucus Wants Napolitano to Cut Ties With Arizona Police

Jared Allen, The Hill, June 1, 2010


Calling Arizona’s recently-enacted law requiring police to question and verify the citizenship of anyone they reasonably suspect to be an illegal immigrant “appaling,” three leaders of the Hispanic Caucus wrote Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to demand the termination of its immigration-enforcement partnerships with law enforcement entities in the state.

“The federal government should not be an accessory to the unconstitutional actions of the Arizona state government,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “By continuing to work with Arizona police departments operating under SB 1070, the Department is implicitly condoning the shameful tactics authorized by the new law.”

Roybal-Allard was joined in signing the letter by CHC Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and Immigration Task Force Chairman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.).