Hispanic groups counter sheriff's
entrant hot line
Tucson, Arizona | Published: http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/195801
PHOENIX — In response to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's hot line
that encourages people to report information on undocumented immigrants,
Latino organizations have created a network of hot lines for incidents of
Leaders of the Hispanic community said Wednesday their hot lines will ensure
the preservation of civil and constitutional rights and again called for
Arpaio's hot line to be taken down.
"We need Sheriff Joe Arpaio to do his job in enforcing the laws without
using race as the sole purpose of trying to determine if someone is here
illegally," said Rep. Steve Gallardo, a Phoenix Democrat.
The four hot-line numbers staffed by Hispanic advocacy groups will be
When a call is received through the hot lines, lawyers on a volunteer basis
will review the claims to see whether they are valid. If they are deemed
valid, the reports of racial profiling will be submitted to the U.S.
Arpaio said about 1,000 calls have been received through his hot line. Eight
undocumented immigrants were arrested Wednesday morning during a traffic
stop from information gathered from his hot line.
Arpaio said no call to his hot line would be acted on unless there were