In light of the federal government's lawsuit against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday, civil rights groups in Arizona called on President Obama to continue evolving on immigrant issues the way he did on gay marriage the day before.
Pablo Alvardo, the executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, released the following statement:
We all owe a great deal of gratitude to the civil rights workers of Arizona who have raised their crisis to the fore. Sheriff Arpaio is the best argument against the immigration status quo. His continued stay in office is warning to all of us facing the Arizonification of our towns and an urgent call for federal action. The President's legacy on immigration thus far has been defined by DHS's criminalizing immigrants instead of legalizing them. We hope his stance evolves.