TUCSON, Ariz. — Immigrant rights activists have demanded the Tucson Police Department end its enforcement of the state’s immigration law after two men were turned over to Border Patrol agents.
Activists staged protests Sunday and Monday after Tucson police pulled over a man for a traffic infraction and then called Border Patrol after he admitted to being in the country illegally. Norlan Flores Prado was driving back to the hospital to visit his newborn daughter.
Tucson police said they have no choice but enforce the SB1070, also known as the “show me your papers” law. The law requires local police to check the immigration status of people they encounter while enforcing other laws.
Flores Prado was pulled over Sunday. Two women tried to stop his arrest by lying under a Border Patrol car.