5 Arizona Immigrant Women Tell of Terror, Civil Rights Violations
Alternet: Five women from Arizona are part of a delegation that is testifying before Congress about the impact of SB 1070 on immigrant families. SB 1070 which makes it a crime to be undocumented in Arizona.
Four women and one child--Celia Alejandra Alvarez, Silvia Rodríguez, Alma Mendoza, Silvia Herrera, and 10-year-old Katherine Figueroa were invited to testify at a special hearing on the impact of the new Arizona law SB 1070 by Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona). During their visit they also met with members of the Obama administration’s labor department.
The delegation’s concerns were not limited to the potential impact of the law that will take effect July 29. The women’s testimony also underscored concerns about civil rights violations and abuse by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office that have been taking place in Arizona since the federal government signed a 287(g) agreement with that agency. The agreement, which has been limited since then, allowed the sheriff’s office to train 160 of its deputies to enforce immigration laws."