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Frustration over SB 1070 remains, Villaseñor defends TPD

Sunday's arrest of an illegal immigrant rekindled frustration over the enforcement of Arizona's SB1070. While protestors argued that Tucson police don't use discretion in calls to Border Patrol, the police chief said TPD calls half as often as it could.... Read more»

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Aug 12, 2014, 11:37 am
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Meanwhile, members of the Group Protection Network Coalition — a confederation of the Southside Workers Center and other immigration rights activists in Tucson — learned about Prado’s situation and blasted out word that one of their members was in trouble. Soon around 100 people formed to protest the arrest.

OK, how did they learn about the situation so quickly? How did this Coalition get word out to 100 people so quickly? How did 100 people show up so quickly?

Two women, Sandra Garnica and Rachel Winch, crawled underneath the vehicle in an attempt to keep the Border Patrol agents from leaving with Prado.

The thought has occurred to me to organize my own protest that people like this aren’t arrested for obstruction of justice. This goes beyond “protesting”. This is blatantly interfering with a law enforcement officer being able to perform his/her duties. If this isn’t obstruction, I can’t imagine what is.

Prado did not have a driver’s license ...

I think there needs to be more emphasis on this part of the story. As I understand it you can be arrested for this regardless of your citizenship/legal status. Is that not correct? I have known people who have been arrested for this before, but that was years ago and the law might be different now, I don’t know.

If a US Citizen who can prove he is a citizen could be arrested under an identical set of circumstances, then these “activists” are only making complete asses of themselves.

Aug 12, 2014, 11:47 am
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“During the custody transfer, two female U.S. Citizens interfered by lying beneath a Border Patrol vehicle after agents took possession of the subject. The two females were subsequently arrested by Border Patrol agents for obstruction after failing to respond to repeated warnings and refusing to move from underneath the vehicle.

My bad…I was commenting on the story a little at a time, and I was told that no arrests were made concerning Sunday’s incident. I am relieved to see that was incorrect, and embarrassed that I commented before I finished the story.

Aug 12, 2014, 11:54 am
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anti-immigration law

“anti-illegal-immigration” law, please. SB1070 has never done, or ever proposed to do, one thing against anyone who immigrated legally, or was attempting to immigrate legally.

I’ll conclude my last comment on this story about offering a thought on Villasenor. I didn’t like his selection as Chief of Police. I always thought that the head of a law enforcement entity should reside within the community he is sworn to protect. I also don’t like his opinions about SB1070, and disagree with most of them. However, I do have to commend the guy on his professionalism. So far, it looks to me as if TPD is doing their job and enforcing the law as written, resisting the call from all the crybabies to do something less. I am pleasantly surprised by this, and hope it continues.

Aug 12, 2014, 12:21 pm
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“He still had the hospital bracelet from the birth of his daughter and I couldn’t let them just take my friend.”  - Who paid for the birth at the hospital?  The two women SHOULD have been charged with interfering with the work of a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.

I saw a white women in her 70’s at Monday’s protest say they only stopped him because he was brown.  If it were you or me we wouldn’t have been stopped.  Sorry Lady, but for the type of illegal turn this guy made, you and I would have been stopped for making it if seen by an officer and you and I would have had to pay the $300 plus fine as well.  This illegal alien not only won’t pay the fine, he probably didn’t have to pay a dime for the birth of his child either.

Aug 12, 2014, 12:26 pm
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^^^I’m white, and I used to get pulled over all the time. So, that white woman in her 70’s is most likely senile.

I would be willing to hear out a part-of-town bias, though. With one exception at age 13, each time I have moved it has been further north. The further and further north I have moved, the less and less I have been pulled over. I really don’t think that’s coincidence.

Aug 24, 2014, 7:01 am
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so, If I am an illegal and just visited my new baby and had a new father bracelet , I shouldn’t have any consequence for driving poorly and being in the country illegally? Stop it please. Crawling under border patrol cars?

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Marco Galdino leads protestors in chants against the enforcement of Arizona's anti-immigration law in front of Tucson Police headquarters on Monday.


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