Feathered Bastard

Bill Montgomery and the Latino Community: Time for a Divorce

Imagine my surprise, when checking the website of the venerable Valley organization Chicanos por la Causa, to see a photo of a beaming Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery on a page advertising the group's 44th anniversary dinner, coming up on April 4.

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In my opinion, Montgomery should be radioactive in the Latino community, and indeed, to all those interested in comprehensive immigration reform.

Why? Because Montgomery is joined at the hip with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and he continues to pursue discriminatory charging practices when it comes to undocumented individuals, holding them nonbondable as a result, thereby coercing a guilty plea and guaranteeing their deportations.

In fact, no less than 44 MCAO prosecutors attended a presentation given on January 6, 2012 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney Dominique Honea on the "immigration consequences" of certain state charges.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons