U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Condemns Ending of DACA, Denounces Arpaio Pardon

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Condemns Ending of DACA, Denounces Arpaio Pardon

USCCR, Sept. 8, 2017 - "The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, by majority vote, disapproves of President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The decision is a step backward for our country, which draws its strength from the valuable social and economic contributions from all members of society."

USCCR, Sept. 8, 2017 - "The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, by majority vote, denounces President Donald J. Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.1 The pardon of Mr. Arpaio, who repeatedly violated the civil rights of Latino residents of Maricopa County, Arizona and also violated a federal court order to desist from violating those civil rights, flouts the rule of law. Moreover, because these violations occurred while Mr. Arpaio was acting as a law enforcement officer, the pardon erodes the promise of fair administration of justice. Pardoning a person convicted of deliberately and flagrantly defying a federal court order over a sustained period of time undermines the rule of law in this country by signaling that supporters and allies of the President who violate civil rights and ignore orders from federal courts will not be held accountable as our system of justice requires."