Nevada Senator Harry Reid on Friday said the civil rights violations made by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio could be prevented by reforming our immigration system.
The Senate Majority Leader is calling on his Republican colleagues to join him in enacting new legislation.
Below is the full statement sent to Colorlines.com by Sen. Reid’s office:
“I commend Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez and the Obama administration for their painstaking work investigating these allegations, which should be of great concern to all Americans who value due process and equal protection under the law. I am troubled by reports that Latino drivers are four to nine times more likely to be stopped by Sheriff Arpaio’s officers than non-Latino drivers, and that immigrants are being locked in solitary confinement on flimsy pretenses like failing to sign forms. Even more disturbing are the dozens of reports of sexual assault, often involving children, that allegedly went uninvestigated by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
“The best way to end the scapegoating of immigrant and Latino communities by officials like Sheriff Arpaio is for Congress to fix our nation’s broken immigration system. I renew my call to my Republican colleagues to join us in enacting legislation to secure our borders, hold unscrupulous employers accountable, and require those here illegally to register with the government, pay taxes and fines, learn English and go to the end of the line to earn legal immigration status.”