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Jun 10, 2010 12:27 PM

Grijalva to lead hearing on SB1070 effects

WASHINGTON, DC - Arizona Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva is co-hosting a hearing in Washington, D.C., today to examine how Arizona's recently passed SB 1070 law might serve to further erode public confidence in law enforcement.

The panel will hear testimony from witnesses who say their lives have been disrupted by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other anti-immigrant figures.

The hearing will begin at noon Tucson time.

Other Congressional hosts and guests include Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Sheile Jackson Lee, Rep. Jared Polis and Rep. Mike Quigley.

The witnesses include:

Catherine Figueroa, a young girl whose parents were arrested by Sheriff Arpaio's deputies in a workplace raid. Her parents were detained for 3 months and she was left with relatives who faced tremendous financial difficulties. Last year, she appealed to President Obama to end separation of families and continues to be the voice of children being affected by anti-migratory laws in Arizona.

Silvia Rodriguez is a young women that was left homeless when her family decided to move to another state due to the increasing anti-migratory laws in Arizona. At the time, Silvia was a ASU student paying out-of-state tuition even though she has resided in Arizona since she was 2 years old. Since then she has graduated from ASU and has been accepted to Harvard for a Master's Program in Art Education.

Celia Alejandra is a working mother of 3 children who was arrested by Sheriff's deputies at her worksite. During the raid, her jaw was broken. She never received medical attention while in custody; now she requires continued medical treatment.

Alma Mendoza is a working mother, business owner and organizer for Puente, a grassroots movement initiated to address the abuses and violations in Maricopa County with the 287(g) program under Sheriff Arpaio and other anti-migratory laws in Arizona. As a former victim of domestic violence, she is concerned that SB 1070 will discourage women from reporting crimes to law enforcement officers.

Sylvia Herrera, Ph.D., is a researcher with Puente, which has collected videos and written testimonies of persons who have suffered civil and human rights violations in Arizona, including physical abuse. These documents were submitted to the Department of Justice over 18 months ago as part of an ongoing investigation of Sheriff Arpaio.

News 4 will have more on this hearing coming up tonight on News 4 and on KVOA.com.

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