News Clips Feb. 5, 2010

Sanctions for Ariz. law force?

PHOENIX – A federal judge will decide whether to impose sanctions against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for its acknowledged destruction of police records in a lawsuit that accuses deputies of racially profiling countless Hispanics in immigration sweeps.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow heard arguments yesterday over whether the law enforcement agency should be punished for throwing away and shredding officers’ records of traffic stops and for not handing over all its e-mail about the sweeps.


http://www.philly.com/inquirer/world_us/83619537.html


A Latino Bronx Tale

Like a thousand other coming-of-age-in-an-ethnic-family dramas, “Falling Awake” puts good intentions and appealing performances into the balance against clichés of dead-end neighborhoods and rebellious (but sensitive) youth.
Jay (Andrew Cisneros) spends his days playing guitar for tips in City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan and his nights pumping gas closer to home, in the Bronx. His father is a doorman; his sister lives at home with her two children; and his brother is in Iraq, but you could have guessed all that.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/05/movies/05falling.html



Tea Party Dabbles in Immigration Politics

The Tea Party movement has energized activism against President Obama’s vision for immigration reform.

The link between Tea Partiers and immigration politics developed last summer, when the impact of illegal immigration on the health care system became a prominent side issue in town hall debates.

Since then, illegal immigration has steadily gained ground on the Tea Party agenda.

Immigration “is one of our main issues in the state of North Carolina,” said David DeGerolamo, co-founder of Tea Party group NC Freedom, in a phone interview. “And what it comes down to is that the United States is a republic based on the rule of law. What part of illegal is right?”

http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=b4cc03dbd6820b4b82cb77f47573dce2

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