Constant Deportations Lead to Days of Rage

The U.S. Supreme Court And President Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience

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

"There needs to be a show of force," Soto says. "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 Coalición de Derechos Humanos agrees that Latinos and their supporters must ramp up public protests.

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April 2012 anti-SB1070 protests in the streets of Phoenix
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April 2012 anti-SB1070 protests in the streets of Phoenix


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"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 immigrant is carted away in a truck that looks like a dog kennel.

"Here [in Tucson], you can be back across that border in an hour, and your family doesn't know anything," Garcia says. "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 push back 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 and dare 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 Fourth Avenue 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. 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 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 emulate.

"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 took over Santiago to protest the 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."

Stephen Lemons is a staff writer and columnist for Phoenix New Times.

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Lilly Munster
Lilly Munster

Kevin's ancestors were kidnapped and, since slavery ended, they are Americans, not property. Hispanics SNEAK in, as trespassers and thieves. They DO NOT give more than they take. They TAKE jobs, identities, welfare, and school money and space. They should not, and are not, judged by simply their race. They are judged by their crimes. If you live anywhere in the west, particularly California, you already know the cost of illegals is BILLIONS in stolen benefits, and the return on that is ruined schools, ruined neighborhoods, gang violence, and overflowing prisons. The FIRST victims of Illegal aliens in Legal Hispanics. Who every asks them their opinion? No legal hispanic wants to be thought of as the equivalent of a sneak thief. The problem is the media, which distorts, LaRaza style, the facts and the realities of the danger.

Rex Merritt
Rex Merritt

The United States has immigration laws. Americans should be glad the government is doing what it can to enforce them. People who cross into the United States illegally are illegal aliens, not undocumented citizens. They are breaking the law. Same thing if any American tried crossing into Canada in an irregular manner. There is a process for American citizenship. Tens of millions have passed the test. Tens of millions more will pass it in the future. To all those desiring American citizenship, I say good luck. Otherwise wait your turn and don't cut ahead.


They built this country on land that was stolen through genocide,theft and slavery!!! It wasn't their land to begin with.Blacks are loyal amerikkkans but get treated like crap more than any other peoples.Grow up acknowledge your enemy and stop being a mental slave!!!

Lilly Munster
Lilly Munster

Don't compare the civil rights of Blacks to Illegal Aliens. Blacks did not break in. Blacks built this country and got shit in return. Illegals STEAL the jobs of legal latinos and blacks. Blacks ARE loyal Americans. Illegals are criminals. Do not disrespect blacks by comparing us with criminal invaders. Every illegal, whatever race or origin, will NEVER be an American. Americans do not steal, sneak to the head of the line (try that in Manhattan and you will learn about fairness) nor do blacks have any deluded ideas about "taking over their original lands."

Racist Mexicans!
Racist Mexicans!

Yes. I agree. The Village Voice is written by people who hate whites.


What part of ILLEGAL alien do these greasy little brown people not understand? Deport them enmass. If they sneak back, Shoot them.....

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown

Criminals advocating violence doesn't surprise me. That's why we have the second amendment. Americans must resist any attempt by illegal foreigners to take over the country when their Government refuses to protect them and when corrupt politicians take the side of these very same criminals over their own constituents.

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

The usual open border entities are defying--THE AMERICAN PEOPLE--and are implicit in this weakening of our laws are Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Attorney General 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 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 AMNESTIES, 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.


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.

The ACLU was founded by communist in the 1920.


You can't be deported if you didn't enter the country illegally.

"Instead of blacks relegated to second-class status, it will be browns." Blacks were US citizens. These browns are citizens of some other country and are here illegally. No country wants them, they can not enter any country legally.


Kevin's apparently forgotten that his ancestors were hanged by their opressors. Wake up and smell the Klan smoke, doof!

Liberarls R Stoopid
Liberarls R Stoopid

Doesnt do any good to tell such common sense stuff to liberals---they're too closed minded, rich, and feel too guilty. Maybe all liberals should just quit their jobs and give them to some poor Mexican.


The morons are out in droves today!