Thursday, February 2, 2012
The East Haven Indictment: A Product of the U.S. Government's Enlisting State and Local Law Enforcement's Assistance in Immigration Enforcement?
ImmigrationProf has posted extensively (here, here, here) about the federal civil rights indictment of East Haven, Connecticut police and the fallout (tacos and otherwise). Seth Freed Wessler on ColorLines has a fascinating investigative story about how the U.S. government (namely Immigration & Customs Enforcement) was encouraging cities like East Haven to assist in immigration enforcement at the same time that the U.S. Justice Department was investigating East Haven police (and other local authorities) for civil rights violations.
Unfortunately, this does not appear to be an isolated incident. Maricopa County, Arizona sherrifs also worked with the U.S. immigration enforcement authorities until last December when the Justice Department issued a stinging indictment of the County's systematic violation of the civil rights of Latinos and immigrants.