Condemn Private Vigilantism

Secret Deportation Quotas, Program Failures and High Budget Costs from Local Immigration Enforcement Revealed in Recent Reports

Recent reports have raised serious concerns about program failures, secret deportation quotas and the high costs of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s controversial 287(g) program, which trains and authorizes state and local police departments to enforce federal immigration law. 


A number of proposed bills condemn vigilante or hate activity targeting immigrants:

  • California AJR 16, adopted by both chambers in 2007, urges local, state, and federal government officials, when crafting immigration policy that affects the United States-Mexico border, to take steps to recognize and protect the human rights of immigrants, and publicly denounce xenophobia and anti-immigrant bias as having no place in immigration policy.
  • Arizona HCR 2011 is a proposed resolution against civilian patrol groups in Arizona. The resolution opposes individualized groups that are not formally affiliated with any federal or state law enforcement agency and whose members take it upon themselves to invade Arizona.

Eye on the Right: Anti-Immigrant Groups and White Supremacists Flounder, Attempt to Rebrand for Wider Appeal

The anti-immigrant "movement" has been flailing recently.  With donor fraud and embezzlement fueling the splintering of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, and dysfunction and check-bouncing at their previous partner organization, the Minutemen Project, anti-immigrant organizations are seeing dissent and confusion rule their ranks.

State Immigration Project: Policy Options for 2009

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