ACLU of California Criticizes Governor Schwarzenegger's Comments on Controversial "Minuteman" Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement of the ACLU of California
SACRAMENTO — A governor who ran for office as the people’s politician should unite the residents of California rather than divide.
Gov. Schwarzenegger’s recent off-the-cuff statement that he supports the work of a handful of vigilantes in Arizona staked out on the Mexico-U.S. border without the support of the U.S. government, the Border Patrol or even President Bush is bad governance. The governor then took it one step farther in saying he is not opposed to vigilantism within our state. Encouraging this kind of dangerous activity that invites harassment and intimidation is irresponsible.
In a state so rich and diverse, our elected officials are charged with supporting the people and solving problems, not advocating behavior designed to scapegoat a national issue on immigrants.
A governor who steers clear of tempered discussion and reasoned debate is not doing his job. Californians voted him into office because he promised no divisive rhetoric and to govern for all the people of California. Unfortunately he has sunk far below this claim.
For more information on the Minuteman program, go to /node/9268.
Every month, you'll receive regular roundups of the most important civil rights and civil liberties developments. Remember: a well-informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny.
The latest in Immigrants' Rights
Three Years Later, COVID-19 is Still a Threat to People Who Are Incarcerated
Florida Sheriff Settles Lawsuit for Unlawfully Profiling and Detaining Florida Resident Born Abroad
ACLU Slams Biden’s Plans to Revive the Practice of Detaining Migrant Families
Child Labor Investigation Reveals Immigration Policy Changes We Need Now
The American Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America.
Learn More About Immigrants' Rights
The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every person, regardless of immigration status.