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Latino immigrant activist group pushes new strategy in California: ‘non-cooperation’ with police




A hybrid police car is seen at the unveiling of two new Ford Fusion hybrid pursuit-rated Police Responder cars at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on April 10, 2017.
A hybrid police car is seen at the unveiling of two new Ford Fusion hybrid pursuit-rated Police Responder cars at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on April 10, 2017.
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An activist group announced the launch of a statewide campaign Tuesday asking Latinos not to collaborate with local law enforcement.

The move is in response to the stance some cities are taking against the state’s sanctuary laws, which legalizes statewide non-cooperation policies between California law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities. Hermandad Mexicana’s campaign, spearheaded by long-time activist and the group’s political advisor Nativo Lopez, says police should not expect cooperation in the form of court appearances, witnesses’ testimony or even crime reporting.

The “non-violent, non-cooperation” campaign is not supported by other immigrant rights organizations.

Guests:

Nativo Lopez, an immigrant-rights advocate and senior political advisor for Hermandad Mexicana, a Santa Ana-based non-profit organization defending immigrants’ rights in California; he tweets @NativoVLopez

Angelica Salas, executive director of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights