Is your home state being Arizonified?
A major reason for holding a Justice GA in Arizona has always been so that participants could learn how to take lessons home to confront anti-immigrant measures wherever they live.
At an education session Thursday titled “Confronting Arizonification in Our Own Backyard” Sarahi Uribe, Angie Junck, and the Rev. Craig Roshaven shared strategies for doing just that. Uribe is with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Junck with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Roshaven is director of the UUA’s Witness Ministries staff group.
Roshaven noted the UUA is developing a campaign to challenge the federal government’s Secure Communities program, which deports many people including some who are arrested for minor law violations.
Roshaven said it’s important to confront this issue from a religious rather than secular perspective. That includes forming coalitions with other religious groups. “ Uribe added, “You don’t have to be a criminal justice expert to reach out to your local officials and begin talking about these issues.” The panelists emphasized that despite common belief, local law enforcement officials are not required to respond to requests by the federal government’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] for information about people who are arrested.