Immigration Debate Continues
By aaroncynic in News on May 20, 2010 9:30PM
Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, visiting for the state dinner, also criticized Arizona, saying in a joint session to Congress "I strongly disagree with the recently adopted law in Arizona. It is a law that not only ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree, but also introduced a terrible idea using racial profiling for law enforcement." Even whole cities are getting into scraps with the state. In response to Los Angeles' boycott of the state, Arizona power commissioner Gary Pierce threatened to cut off the city’s power supply.
Back here in Chicagoland, immigrants rights advocates will hold a 53 mile walk from Chicago to the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock, Illinois. The jail contains a detention facility for suspected illegal immigrants being held before deportation. The walk organizers, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, hope to raise awareness and show opposition to the "Secure Communities" program, which several collar counties have signed onto. The program fast tracks deportations for people that ICE deems the most dangerous.