The ACLU has put Arizona law enforcement agencies on notice after the South Tucson Police Department detained a DREAMer because he is hispanic. This violated the state’s implementation of the “show me your papers” law that was enacted 3 years ago.
Alex Valenzuela, 23, was a passenger in a parked car on July 13 when South Tucson police officers detained him in order to question him about his citizenship. Even though he provided multiple forms of identification and had not committed any crime, the officers unlawfully arrested and drove Alex to Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector headquarters where he was detained for an additional five hours. “It didn’t matter to the officers that I hadn’t committed a crime,” Alex said. “This is what happens when you let police act like immigration officials and it’s another example of why the police have lost the community’s trust.”
The South Tucson police detained Alex for no reason other than to investigate his citizenship and immigration status. Because of this and other similar events, the ACLU wants the state’s law enforcement agencies to know they are watching closely for any unnecessary actions taken.
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