Civil Rights Groups Hit Obama Over Ala. Immigration Law
Is the president trying to have it both ways?
- Duration 4:51
- Date Oct 24, 2011
Is the president trying to have it both ways?
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This morning is the president trying to have it both ways really on immigration the ACLU.
And several Latino groups say that the Obama administration is challenging.
The strict -- Alabama law.
While using it.
To deport illegals minute hash all this out for you -- You can -- -- joins me now director of research.
For the senator of immigration studies for immigration studies rather and sleeping not -- the spokesman for president -- dot org.
-- -- online advocacy organization that is calling for the Obama administration to stop what is known as the secure communities program Saddam and welcome good to have the morning today.
It it's -- ligament in my sister with you good morning.
So basically we're all pretty familiar with is -- done many stories on it here the fact that the Alabama law immigration lots considered to be the toughest in the country.
Which allows them to stop emailing when people stop for a violation they can ask them about the documentation.
I and if they don't have -- they can pursue.
Deportation for them.
They've got a secure communities.
Program which is a separate program -- -- explain that to us and explain why why -- against that.
So basically secure communities is a program that allows local police to cooperate with immigration and the problem is not only that local.
The local communities afraid to report crimes of the police but also because we see a rise in racial profiling.
So long we see what we saw just recently in in in a report just released by the institute -- University of California is that.
Of the arrest Don by ask com or secure communities.
Have been of Latinos only 77%.
Of undocumented immigrants in this country are lets you know so we can see a trend of people targeting Latino as a specifically.
Was -- inning you know -- a step back from -- it appears you could interpret it that the about administrations -- -- to have it both ways.
-- that they're trying to please Latino voters you know who are in favor of allowing.
Immigrants to have -- you know sort of a softer entry to this country.
On the one hand and then on the other hand they wanna -- on the -- say we deported more illegals then you know any prior administration.
Well look there's actually cases.
Say to secure and is it just common sense.
All that secure communities does is when somebody is arrested and is in jail they checked their fingerprints to see if there an illegal -- -- just like they check to see if -- -- it on a fugitive warrant or anything else.
Anyone who objects to secure communities what they really object to is simply the enforcement of our laws they don't want any illegal immigrants to go home and so secure communities really sort of -- bare minimum and the Obama administration is doing it.
Because it's overwhelmingly popular with the American people and they really have no choice they have to do it yet -- -- -- well if that argument.
Well it's important to mention that what we can't forget is the constitution of the United States we have due process in this country and this program program is taking only due process not only of immigrants but also of US citizen Latinos.
For example of this thing report that I just mentioned said that 4000 -- US citizens were arrested.
Because of secure communities and this is something that we cannot ally in this country this is why we're at two dates -- -- -- starting.
Campaign to ask.
Fitness -- -- -- us the main spokesperson for secure communities in the Obama administration to set the records it's straight.
If they want as if they want our support as a community we need their support as well.
Yet but would you agree it's really -- that in up summons in the country illegally.
-- you know that that's breaking the law is that breaking a lot of be here illegally.
Well honestly immigration law is not necessarily criminal law great what happens is that this people are being put him in jail even though they are -- or not they have not committed a crime per -- Well we need to remember also is that this is a country.
Of immigrants right this is a country that was built with the efforts of immigrants of from all over the world.
And this is that the united everything is Stephen -- that this is where this conversation always gets modeled -- there's a difference between legal immigration.
Which -- you -- many of the immigrants -- -- our country came here legally.
And illegal immigration and -- his question whether and I -- breaking the law when you enter the country illegally Stephen you address that.
Right of course we're not just a nation of immigrants but were also a nation of laws and all this is is simple common sense.
If you were arrested they're not going out looking for -- but if you're arrested and -- in jail -- gonna check your fingerprints and if you're an illegal immigrant hopefully they're gonna make you go home.
This is the kind of thing that Americans say of course it's just common sense.
Anyone who objects to this is just manufacturing controversy this is the kind of thing that 8090% of the American people want and have overwhelming support among Latinos.
If you know I may disagree and will leave it there I think you really you mapped that out for us as a thank you so much for being with us believe they -- us good to have you -- -- -- -- Interesting.
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