ACLU Doesn't Like Obama's Border Plan; Cites Need For Further Studies
Time to do some more research, ACLU says
President Obama's plan to send a bunch of National Guard troops and a ton of cash to the U.S.-Mexico border has a new critic: The American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU has come out against the plan, saying Obama needs to...do other things before he does this.
"The Administration is buying into an electoral political rhetoric that claims an interest in border
enforcement first, before the dialogue on a fair and just immigration reform has even been
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considered," Vicki B. Gaubeca, director of the ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for
Border Rights, announced. "The truth is that there have never been more federal resources and technologies
placed at the U.S.-Mexico border than at this point in history."
And all those resources are wrecking lives, the group says.
"This border enforcement boom has
resulted in an increase in civil rights violations, traumatic family separations and entire
communities, which include many U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, experiencing a
deterioration of their freedom of movement and quality of life. In addition, community members
of Latino/Hispanic descent have experienced an increase of racial profiling and harassment as a
result of heightened border enforcement initiatives," the group says.
They're calling on Obama to use "broader, more effective solutions" to the border situation, like study it some more.
"While ACLU affiliates recognize that it is the job of federal officials to enforce immigration law, it
is equally important for the Administration to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of border
enforcement needs prior to taking a step of this magnitude," adds Gaubeca. "Instead of
conducting a true risk assessment, consulting with border communities, or focusing on how to
better deploy and train currently deployed CBP agents, the Administration has chosen to simply
throw more money at the problem and add to the already massive deployment of federal forces
along the border."
So there you go, Obama-haters and border fetishists: You've got the ACLU on your side. Although we're guessing you're not calling for more study of the problem.
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