Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
This country is goverrned by the rule of law, not public opinion polls. The U.S. Attorney for Arizona, Dennis Burke, has made a commitment to be an advocate for anyone who feels their rights are violated as part of enforcement of SB 1070. Arizona's U.S. attorney part of fight vs. SB 1070:
Burke plans to use his civil-rights division to prosecute complaints of racial profiling stemming from the new law.
Burke's office has no investigatory abilities, but he and his staff are encouraging anyone who believes their civil rights have been violated to contact the FBI at 602-279-5511. The FBI would investigate the allegations and then the U.S. Attorney's Office could file federal charges against any individual or law-enforcement agency that discriminates based on race, color, sex, disability, religion or national origin.
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"I have the authority to bring any and all federal charges in the district of Arizona," Burke said. "My main task is to defend the federal government in court in Arizona."
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Burke calls the law "unconstitutional, unworkable, unfunded and confusing." He agrees that the federal government needs to do more to combat illegal immigration. But he said SB 1070 is the wrong way for Arizona to respond and instead touts his office's efforts.