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DACA Field Report

When DACA and SB1070 Collide

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The following DACA field report comes from Carmen Cornejo of Dream Act Arizona:


Cesar
Valdes, a DACA applicant and active member of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition,
was detained Thursday, November the 15th, 2012 by a Phoenix Police
officer and arrested, following the SB1070 playbook. He was dropping off his
younger brother at school that morning.

Cesar
was stopped for allegedly driving with an expired license plate and
subsequently failing to produce a driver's license.  He became suspect to
be in the country illegally, enough reason in Arizona to be locked up and sent
to dreadful 4th Ave. Jail, the realm of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies. He
spent that night among hard core criminals.  Later, a fight broke up
inside the jail.  Thankfully he was unharmed but big and tall Cesar
confessed he was really fearful.


This
event brought out reality to immigrant youth, DACA applicants and grantees, who
were reminded once more of SB1070 and Governor Jan Brewer's executive order to
deny DACA grantees of an Arizona Driver's License.  Click here to read the
article from the Arizona Republic
on the executive order by Governor
Brewer.


Cesar
stated repeatedly to Phoenix Police Officer he was a DACA applicant and was not
subject to deportation anymore.  The police officer went ahead anyway. Cesar
spent 22 hrs. at 4th Ave. Jail, his mug shot taken with the footnote
"failure to show AZ driving license, ID " as an explanation and posted on the
Maricopa County Sheriff Office (MCSO) website which shows the public how Joe is
"tough on criminals".


Cesar
believes he could have been released a couple of times during the process, one
when he was in front of the city judge, who declared being confused by the
circumstances.  Finally, Cesar was released upon being transferred to ICE
jurisdiction. His arrest and detention exposed bad policy: the diversion of law
enforcement resources into a deportation case that proceeds no longer.


Sadly,
even DACA grantees (since Arizona will not be granting driver's licenses) will
be safe from arrest and hours of detention. We may see legal challenges in the
future due to this attempt to single out beneficiaries of legal presence. But
at ADAC we question what the point is in harass, humiliate and put in danger
young persons who had entrust our system by bringing forward their personal
information through deferred action?


The
license plate issue?  It was a mistake of Arizona's Motor Vehicle Division
which failed to update Cesar's vehicle information.


Read related
article by journalist Griselda Nervarez on VOXXI


Carmen Cornejo


CADENA-ADAC Arizona


www.dreamactaz.org

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  1. Quidam's Avatar
    in WACO, "We Ain't Coming Out".It's all about politics: Jan Brewer you were never elceetd to be Governor, but you have no problem trying to get elceetd on the back of undocumented workers, you loser (sure you may win but the long-term effects to your so called State is just beginning). Here is a partial list of your hate filled legislation;1. S.B. 1070,2. House Bill 20133. No permit conceal weapons law,4. The famous Birthers law,5. Banning Ethnic studies law, 6. Could she be behind the Mural in Prescott, Arizona, ordered to be whiten,7. On deck to pass, no citizenship to babies born to undocumented workers,8. If she can read she should look up Arizona's House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which was un-constitution and failed when legally challenged),9. The boycotted Martin Luther King Day, what idiots don't want another holiday? Yes, you guessed it Arizona.Well Arizona, you can keep boycotting new holidays, passing hate filled legislation and the rest of our country will continue to challenge you in court of law and Boycott your so-called state.Lets face it, no one can real believe anything that comes out of Brewer's mouth, in an interview, this year, in an attempt to gain sympathy, she first said her father had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (which ended 1945) but of course we find out the truth that father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955. But we are suppose to believe everything else she says, right! As they say in the World Cup: Gooooooooal!
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