The case of Melendres v. Arpaio was decided Friday with Judge Snow issuing a scathing 142-page decision describing misconduct at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, led by “America’s toughest sheriff ™” Joe Arpaio. A number of news organizations, including the New York Times, is covering the story.
ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project Director Cecillia Wang said in a press release:
Singling people out for traffic stops and detention because they are Latino is unconstitutional and just plain un-American. Let this be a warning to any agency trying to enforce the “show me your papers” provision of SB 1070 and similar laws—there is no exception in the Constitution for immigrant enforcement.
While immigrant rights is usually off topic for this blog, Sheriff Arpaio is such a central figure in the birther controversy that something of this importance, particularly as it relates to race issues, cannot be overlooked.
Arpaio’s attorney says they will appeal the decision.