Heavy Police Tactics a Reality for Immigrants, Latinos Too

Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News, August 28, 2014

Hundreds of miles separate their plights, but when violence erupted on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., Latinos in the New Orleans area who have been part of a high-tech local and federal law enforcement dragnet understood.

“It is something we are dealing with in our streets and in our homes, said Fernando Lopez, a community organizer at the New Orleans-based Congress of Day Laborers. The Congress holds weekly meetings where hundreds of area immigrants show up to tell stories of who was caught in the latest roundup.

Immigrants tell of being visited at home by officers who claim to be looking for someone else but end up coming back and handcuffing them and arresting them as family and children look on, Lopez said.

The African-American and Latino and immigrant community “have different examples of what criminalization and discrimination look like. It could be someone getting shot. It could be someone arrested at Home Depot,” Lopez said. Either way, “we live in a system where in most of these actions, where someone gets shot or gets criminalized, these actions are somehow legalized and get justified.”

Latino communities say the increased policing in their communities and use of military-grade equipment has come as local officials have taken on more of the role of enforcing immigration laws, either through state policies or federal-state partnerships.

Mobile fingerprinting equipment used by local and federal officials at immigration stings in the New Orleans area were used in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to documents obtained by the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice. The group has said the equipment has been used in raids on Latino businesses and communities. Latinos are rounded up and fingerprinted and those with previous deportation orders or other warrants are arrested.

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For years, immigrants and people assumed to be immigrants by law enforcement have contended with Secure Communities, the federal fingerprinting program used by local officials to root out those in the country illegally, many after being pulled over on traffic stops.

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Immigrant groups also cite laws such as Arizona’s SB1070, annual deportations of hundreds of thousands, and Latinos being stopped and asked to show papers or identification.

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“In the black community and in the Latino community, what you see now are protests against the way we have been dehumanized. That dehumanization is reflected in state policies and over policing,” said Ian Haney-López, a professor at the University of California’s Berkeley School of Law and an expert on the evolution of race relations since the civil rights era.

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  • Puggg

    What do they want? No law enforcement. When do they want it? Now.

    • Manaphy

      “President” Obama and the law:
      -If you are white, he applies the rigor of the law
      -If you are black, he applies the benefits of the law
      -If you are homosexual, he bends the law
      -If you are a Mexican, he hides you from the law

      • Michael Robert Ryan

        Yes, it’s called anarcho-tyranny. Google it.

  • Dave4088

    Perhaps if mestizos weren’t so violent and crime prone and if there weren’t tens of millions living here illegally then they wouldn’t have so many interactions with the police. But the mestizo brain just can’t put two and two together and realize that their actions warrant the kind of police responses described in this article.

    • DAWNOFNEWDAY

      You know their end game is to take away all power from us and annihilate us all?

      • Michigan Patriot

        Yes , indeed !

  • Luca

    So, those people committing crimes. would like it so much better if those darn police would just stop enforcing laws.

    How quickly they forget the police tactics of the Mexican police.

  • none of your business

    Aren’t most NOLA cops black? If it is non black against brown I love it. Hopefully the browns will overwhelm the blacks and as it happened in California crime hugely drop and the city will be a lot safer.

    • DAWNOFNEWDAY

      That will still get blamed on whites, though.

  • That cops hang around the kind of people known to commit way more violent and most other crimes proportionally speaking is about as shocking to me as the dearth of yoga studios in the ghetto and the lack of hair weave stores in white bread suburbia.

  • Man of the West

    Contrary to what the article says, the law did not dehumanize them. They’ve done that themselves. We just have to deal with the results. If you don’t commit crimes you should have few problems with the cops, whether it is a good cop or a bad cop. Here is a novel idea: don’t break the law and you’ll have little to complain about.

  • none of your business

    Writer probably works for the NOLA Chamberpot of Commerce who are upset that some of their workers are in jail for a day or two. I remember when I worked in the jail. A White
    couple bailed out a hispanic thug around 3 in the afternoon. I asked them why they bailed him out and the woman replied “he’s our dishwasher.” Obviously they went right to the restaurant so he would be there for dinner service.

    There was an article on amren a few years ago. A meat packing plant in Nebraska closed down for a while thus firing all the White employees. When it re-opened the company brought in illegal hispanics straight from their stone age villages to replace the Whites. Soon after a very well funded illegal hispanic anti discrimination legal defense organization arrived in the town. Police were sued for arresting those driving unlicensed, drunk, dangerous driving etc. Property owners who refused to rent to the low paid illegals or evicted them for moving 20 people into a 1,500 sq ft 3 bedroom house were sued.
    Every time the small town did anything to prevent the illegals from overrunning the town faced a very well funded ADL ACLU style lawsuit.

    Obviously the illegal hispanic defense foundation was funded and brought to the town but the meat packing plant.

  • DAWNOFNEWDAY

    if they are so oppressed living in white society how about, oh, I don’t know…move?

  • none of your business

    Too bad this illegal did not get caught earlier. 100 to 1 the reason he killed her is because he was molesting her and she resisted or threatened to tell.

    NY Daily News ^ | 9/1/2014 | SASHA GOLDSTEIN
    A Dallas teen strangled his 5-year-old cousin Sunday, then dumped her body in a vacant apartment unit near his own, police said. Angel Lizandro Sanches-Zenteno, 17, was booked Monday morning, some 12 hours after police found little Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez dead in a unit at the Lake Highlands apartment complex. Authorities believe the murder suspect came into the country illegally about a year ago and have issued an immigration hold, along with a charge of capital murder of a person under 6 years old.

    • Periapsis

      It’s monsters like that I think should meet a most horrible, degrading and excruciating death, without exception. Anyone who can kill a fellow Hispanic, especially a child IS a serious threat to whites and their children.

  • Simonetta

    Please excuse me, but you haven’t been ‘dehumanized’. You’ve been arrested for breaking the immigration statues. As an arrested person in the USA, you still have all the basic human rights recognized by the United Nations and the various treaties signed between the USA and your home country. The procedures for dealing with arrested persons in the USA are a lot different from what has come to be known as ‘dehumanization’.
    If you don’t know the difference, do a Google search on “Auschwitz”.

  • KenelmDigby

    Blacks have earned rich dividends by using the time honored trick of shouting, screaming and stamping their feet until they get their way. By ‘getting their way’ now means, effectively, placing their selves in a situation above the law with legal immunity and privilege.
    Now mestizos, seeing how successful this is, want a piece of the pie. Their sheer arrogance and impudence know no bounds.

  • B.A_2014

    If all these non whites are so terrified and oppressed by the big bad white man and his evil capitalist patriarchal racist system why aren’t they running for the hills. Every organism fights or flees in the face of existential danger. Do non whites flee to places where the white man is as rare as a nun in a whore house? NO. They never stop coming. Wave after wave after bloody wave. All of them looking a handout. On the bus ride to and from work, it is shocking to see how many africans, subcontinental indians, asians and every other group lingering about the streets. Do they not have jobs, and why does every chinese, asian and african family have approximately five or six kids when they don’t work. Because the white man is a sucker. Too afraid to raise objections to what is going on in his country and civilisation. White women see on TV and learn in schools that we are ” one world and one people” and they welcome their own displacement and replacement because its fashionable. What a sorry state we have gotten ourselves into.

  • Michigan Patriot

    Dehumanizing ? Go home to your own Utopian society; leaving your paradise to colonize White man’s countries is an admission of your lies and inferiority as a culture;stay home ! This host doesn’t like parasites.

  • JohnEngelman

    Demographics that have high crime rates require heavy policing tactics.

  • KyraNelson

    Mobile fingerprinting units are a Good Thing, in my humble opinion. (Thanks, Martha)

  • This story is baloney . . . with the race baiters in
    this part of the world . . who you trying to kid ?
    There is NO revenue in blacks or browns . . .the
    real money for the city coffers is in the white man’s pocket ..