Immigration activists looking for reform to protect against racial profiling

PHOENIX - Immigration activists are looking for major reform to protect against what they say is blatant racism.

They argue there are plenty of people trying to find a legal route to stay in the United States and they shouldn't have to worry about police breaking the law.

One woman told ABC15 her son was targeted during a crime suppression sweep and believes he was close to being deported.

Patricia Rosas says her son was pulled over and arrested because of the color of his skin.

She says the experience left her family in fear.

It's been two years since life changed for Rosas' family. It was the same day SB1070 was enacted that her son Iban was pulled over by a Maricopa County sheriff's deputy who claimed when he ran the license plate on the car that the owner had a warrant.

"The car belonged to my brother," Iban said.

Iban was arrested but released when Rosas' lawyers proved the ticket and story was bogus.

In truth, Iban was working without a visa.

Rosas knows that's illegal but doesn't believe officers should break the law either.

"I believe he acted illegally because we were pulled over because of the color of our skin," Rosas said.

Now she helps out at Promise Arizona reaching out to help immigrants navigate the path to citizenship and discuss deportation issues.

At Promise Arizona activists say Hispanic students and longtime residents are often unfairly targeted because of how they look.

They admit there are people living here illegally, but that shouldn't give deputies the right to break the law too.

"We just want to make sure that if people are getting pulled over it's happening because of an actual crime," said Tony Navarette of Promise Arizona.

Rosas said that in the end, fear of racism on the road drove her other son to take his family and move away.

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