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AFL-CIO: Federal Government Must Cut Ties with Arizona Law Enforcement
AFL-CIO ^ | May 14, 2010 | James Parks

Posted on 05/16/2010 10:22:16 AM PDT by mdittmar

 
   

The AFL-CIO and the nation’s largest civil rights coalition issued a strongly worded call for the Obama administration to sever its ties with law enforcement officials in Arizona or be complicit in the state’s racial-profiling anti-immigrant law, also known as S.B. 1070.  

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR), a coalition of more than 200 organizations, urged the administration to immediately stop cooperating with local law enforcement officials in Arizona.

Writing in Huffington Post today, Sam Stein says the AFL-CIO LCCR letter

is by far the most serious effort to date to make Arizona’s new immigration law untenable for the state. Other groups have urged economic and travel boycotts as a way to target the state government’s tourism revenues. Should [the Department of Homeland Security] adopt the AFL-CIO’s suggestion (and it’s a big question whether the Department will) it would deny the state the type of law enforcement expertise that the immigration law was designed to beef up in the first place.  

 Click here to read Stein’s entire post.

 In the letter, Trumka and Henderson say:

We write to express our deep concern with the Department of Homeland Security’s continued cooperation with state and local law enforcement in Arizona pursuant to Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (”the 287(g) program”) in the aftermath of Arizona’s passage of Senate Bill 1070, and we ask that you immediately rescind all 287(g) program agreements in Arizona.

Read the AFL-CIO LCCR letter here.

Under Section 287(g) agreements, Homeland Security trains members of eight state and local law enforcement agencies in Arizona, including the state police, which allows the officers to enforce immigration laws.  

Trumka and Henderson add:

We are grateful that President Obama has spoken out to correctly call the Arizona law “misguided.” However, more than words are required from the federal government at this time. Unless DHS terminates all 287(g) program agreements in Arizona, the federal government will be complicit in the racial profiling that lies at the heart of the Arizona law. Such a result would place the DHS at odds with this Administration’s stated views on SB I070, and at odds with basic American values of tolerance and non-discrimination.

To read more about the growing momentum to repeal Arizona’s onerous law, click here, here and here.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; arizona; immigration; squattersupportsquad; unions

1 posted on 05/16/2010 10:22:17 AM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

and the guy form there admitted he has not even read the bill much like most of the rats. hispanics and media who put down this bill


2 posted on 05/16/2010 10:23:27 AM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: mdittmar

The rest of America must cut ties with the AFL_CIO.


3 posted on 05/16/2010 10:23:33 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


4 posted on 05/16/2010 10:23:47 AM PDT by HiJinx (~ Illegal is a Crime, it is not a Race ~)
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To: mdittmar

Yes, by far means...it should be so.

And if some other states start to stand with Arizona...well..this might turn into a bigger mess than anyone desired.


5 posted on 05/16/2010 10:24:10 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: mdittmar

I give the left credit, they don’t sit around. They’re street fighters.

Contrast the GOP reaction to Elena Kagan.


6 posted on 05/16/2010 10:24:12 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: mdittmar

The interesting thing about this is that the AFL-CIO should be as much against illegal immigration as anyone.

It just goes to show that union leadership is more about left-wing causes than representing the “working man”.

Does any union represent their members anymore?


7 posted on 05/16/2010 10:24:51 AM PDT by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for, it matters who takes office.)
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To: mdittmar

America must first cut ties with the AFL CIO and especially with it’s terrorist President Richard Trumka. Trumka led the terrorists United Mine workers who terrorized South West Virginia.


8 posted on 05/16/2010 10:25:55 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: mdittmar

American Citizens: Government Must Cut Ties with Unions


9 posted on 05/16/2010 10:26:10 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: AmishDude

Never saw a statement from the afl-cio that the federal government should cut ties with CAIR,maybe I missed it.


10 posted on 05/16/2010 10:28:14 AM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free (http://teapartypatriots.org)
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To: mdittmar

Trumka = Thug and Criminal


11 posted on 05/16/2010 10:28:43 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: mdittmar

Translation - support the massive ethnic invasion of the U.S. at all costs... don’t enforce illegal immigration laws - never - ever... promote a paradigm shift in U.S. Population dynamics in 20 years or less... increase Democrat voting registration by 20-30 percent in 20 years or less... subdue the Conservative voting population in the U.S. by importing massive numbers of socialist oriented Mexican, Central and South Americans...

This is the goal ... the Progressive, Socialist Leftist want.


12 posted on 05/16/2010 10:28:47 AM PDT by ICCtheWay
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To: mdittmar

Translation - support the massive ethnic invasion of the U.S. at all costs... don’t enforce illegal immigration laws - never - ever... promote a paradigm shift in U.S. Population dynamics in 20 years or less... increase Democrat voting registration by 20-30 percent in 20 years or less... subdue the Conservative voting population in the U.S. by importing massive numbers of socialist oriented Mexican, Central and South Americans...

This is the goal ... the Progressive, Socialist Leftist want.


13 posted on 05/16/2010 10:28:48 AM PDT by ICCtheWay
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To: mdittmar
Federal Government Must Cut Ties With Az.

Those words are music to my ears, what a concept, let us go!

From your lips to God's ears.....

14 posted on 05/16/2010 10:29:00 AM PDT by central_va ( http://www.15thvirginia.org)
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To: mdittmar

Hey, what do you call a state that libs boycott and the Federal Gov. cuts all ties with! A free nation??


15 posted on 05/16/2010 10:30:17 AM PDT by freemike (John Adams-Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker)
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To: mdittmar

And I think we should sever all ties with the AFL-CIO and Obama administration or we will be complicit with their endorsement of violating existing federal law.


16 posted on 05/16/2010 10:30:48 AM PDT by ProudFossil
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To: mdittmar

this should end the unions involvement with government....who the hell does this clown think he is telling the government what to do....he runs a union, that’s all...


17 posted on 05/16/2010 10:31:54 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: mdittmar

Except for one Latino comment, all the comments on the AFL-CIO blog have been pro-AZ. Their own members are starting to turn on them.


18 posted on 05/16/2010 10:32:04 AM PDT by Tamar1973 (Freedom of the Press?! I need Freedom FROM THE PRESS!)
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To: mdittmar
ROFL! What absolute BS.

It would be more appropriate for the AFL-CIO to leave Arizona altogether. It's time for these asshats to put their money where their mouths are.

19 posted on 05/16/2010 10:33:14 AM PDT by Pox
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To: mdittmar

Is the AFL-CIO telling Napolitiano what she can do now?

When did they become the srbiters of illegal immigration?

Who the hell do they think they are?

A real President would tell them to buzz off.


20 posted on 05/16/2010 10:33:54 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Paladin2

>>The rest of America must cut ties with the AFL_CIO.

AND the federal government!!


21 posted on 05/16/2010 10:35:10 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Think globally, act locally--beat up your neighborhood hippie communist.)
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To: Bryanw92

Is there any way to inform the union thugs to get lost? That when unbammy went to Washington DC he did not take the unions along?


22 posted on 05/16/2010 10:38:03 AM PDT by Republic (Stop the horrific liberals from spending ONE MORE DIME before they destroy our nation.)
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To: mdittmar

Brought to you by the same douchebags who scream “Buy American”. Which is it?


23 posted on 05/16/2010 10:38:11 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: mdittmar

“untenable”

This is the left’s specialty....the MSM/Hollywood/Dnc/Academia.

When this war room unites in a relentless cause...our Rightwing leaders, candidates, nominees, Presidents, officeholders, talk show hosts, and our own media.....DIE a slow death.


24 posted on 05/16/2010 10:38:44 AM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: AmishDude

Does any union represent their members anymore?

They don’t have many members any more. That is why they are looking at recruiting the illegal alien workforce.


25 posted on 05/16/2010 10:39:13 AM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: mdittmar

The ALF-CIO goons can eat fecal matter and croak.


26 posted on 05/16/2010 10:39:20 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: AmishDude

They see millions and millions of new union workers, and millions and millions more in union dues. Not to mention the millions and millions of union-supporting new demrat voters,,,,,.......


27 posted on 05/16/2010 10:41:20 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: manc

Re your tagline: Why do you expect a Muslim to go to church on Sunday?


28 posted on 05/16/2010 10:45:15 AM PDT by 353FMG (ISLAM -- America's road to destruction.)
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To: mdittmar

Isn’t this just another way of saying “we need a civilian security force just as well-funded as our military.”?


29 posted on 05/16/2010 10:45:24 AM PDT by Pantera
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To: mdittmar

Liberals are fleeing Arizona.
Illegals are fleeing Arizona.
Dopers and dealers are fleeing Arizona.
Alternate lifestyle types are fleeing Arizona.
Union thugs are fleeing Arizona.

The America of our youth is returning to Arizona.
Come and join us. Americans are welcome here.


30 posted on 05/16/2010 10:46:15 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Mexico presents a more profound threat to our territorial integrity than Germany or Japan ever did.)
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To: mdittmar
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The enemy within.

These guys think they can keep up the assault on real Americans without consequence.

Time of reckoning is drawing near.

The Justice Department isn't always going to be run by Holder.

31 posted on 05/16/2010 10:47:16 AM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: pepsionice
And if some other states start to stand with Arizona...well..this might turn into a bigger mess than anyone desired.

It sounds like the AFL-CIO thugs want The One to expel states from the Union. They're sure he can find the power somewhere.

While he's at it, maybe this would be a good testing ground for his "heavily armed civilian defense force" as he pulls out the Border Patrol, FBI, ICE, TSA, and all those other federal agencies. They'd avoid the border, because there's no real problem with the border, except for Arizonans.

The Brown Shirts would be able to continue collecting taxes after the IRS is pulled out since they are, after all, heavily armed. They just need representation by the AFL-CIO and they'll be ready to roll.

32 posted on 05/16/2010 10:53:55 AM PDT by 300winmag (Trijicon: Still the Jesus Scope, and a good way to offend people who deserve it.)
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To: 300winmag
The One to expel states from the Union. They're sure he can find the power somewhere.

Not expel. Intervene.

Article IV, Section 4: The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.

Back in 1964, black civil rights leaders asked Lyndon Johnson to invoke Article IV, Section 4 to execute a federal military takeover of the southern states due to the semi-official state terrorism of black folks run by the Klan. (It was hard to tell where local law enforcement ended and the Klan began in much of the South.) With a presidential election just months away, Johnson decided not to open that can of worms. He told the civil rights leaders the Constitution didn't give him that authority, even though it did.

The double-edged sword in Article IV, Section 4 is "shall protect each of them against invasion," which is exactly what is happening, although in this case the invasion is endorsed by both parties in DC for different reasons. It might be tempting for Obama to invoke Article IV, Section 4 against Arizona, but those words would blow up in his face if he tried.

33 posted on 05/16/2010 11:06:26 AM PDT by Publius (Unless the Constitution is followed, it is simply a piece of paper.)
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To: mdittmar

Oh yea, its time for the 40 percent of the union members that lean conservative to cut themselves loose from the AFL-CIO.


34 posted on 05/16/2010 11:08:40 AM PDT by Keflavik76 (It's an Obama Nation, pray for America.)
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To: mdittmar

Will Arizona residents be able to cut their Federal income tax payments proportionally to the lack of Federal support?


35 posted on 05/16/2010 11:20:37 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Paladin2
Organizations like this must be shunned. They deserve precisely what they are recommending. If we are to overcome the leftist assault on our culture we must find effective ways to cut them off. They must be isolated and marginalized. Same goes for Obama.
36 posted on 05/16/2010 11:23:47 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (He is the son of soulless slavers, not the son of soulful slaves.)
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To: mdittmar

AFL-CIO: Federal Government Must Cut Ties with Sharia Law Enforcement


37 posted on 05/16/2010 11:40:15 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: mdittmar

The AFL-CIO long ago cut ties with the truth, the facts, and reality.


38 posted on 05/16/2010 11:45:36 AM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
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To: mdittmar

AFL-CIO, ACLU, La Raza, Democrats and all others who are against Arizona’s law... Exactly how is this law racist? Which race is being profiled? Specifically what civil right is being violated?

I have asked these questions numerous times and haven’t gotten an answer yet, with one exception...

One guys says “the Hispanic race,” which he then explained to me were the “non-white people.” This man is so ignorant he thinks “Hispanic” is a race, and that there are no white Hispanics.


39 posted on 05/16/2010 12:44:31 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: savedbygrace

I just scheduled a vacation at Camelback resort, Scottsdale Arizone......I figure that with no Democrats there, tee times should be readily available...,,,4 people, probably spending 5,000 dollars or so. Some people never wake ut, we were going to California until I vetoed that trip.


40 posted on 05/16/2010 2:18:14 PM PDT by terycarl (4)
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To: terycarl

You are wonderful! Welcome to AZ. Come to Oro Valley, too. We have magnificent views on our links.


41 posted on 05/16/2010 3:47:11 PM PDT by lulu16
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To: terycarl

Be sure to have dinner at the restaurant there. It’s fabulous, and the service is exceptional. At least it used to be 20 years ago or so.

Also, we always enjoyed eating at Jordan’s Mexican on N 7th St. The shredded beef enchiladas were to die for. I’ve never eaten any that were as good or better.

But note that we moved from Phoenix back in ‘93.

Oh, and don’t miss Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse & Microbrewery:

http://www.pppatio.com/home/default.asp

Man, do I have some marvelous memories of that place. It was more better back when Arizona still allowed cowboy steak places to have sawdust on the floor.


42 posted on 05/16/2010 3:54:45 PM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
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To: mdittmar

and like Holder they have not read the law. Even though they are goimg on the myths.

Make it illegal in the State of Arizona for an alien to not register with the government, thus being an “illegal alien” (already the case at the federal level: 8 USC 1306a; USC 1304e)

Allow police to detain people where there is a “reasonable suspicion” that they’re illegal aliens (see the recent court case Estrada v. Rhode Island for an idea of what “reasonable suspicion” might entail)

Prohibits sanctuary cities (already prohibited at the federal level, 8 USC 1373) and allows citizens to sue any such jurisdiction

Reality vs. Myth: SB1070

Myth No. 1: The law requires aliens to carry identification that they weren’t already required to carry.

Reality: It has been a federal crime (8 United States Code Section 1304(a) or 1306(e)) since 1940 for aliens to fail to carry their registration documents. The Arizona law reaffirms the federal law. Anyone who has traveled abroad knows that other nations have similar requirements. The majority requests for documentation will take place during the course of other police business such as traffic stops. Because Arizona allows only lawful residents to obtain licenses, an officer must presume that someone who produces one is legally in the country. (See News Hour clip 3:45 seconds in)

Myth No. 2: The law will encourage racial profiling.

Reality: The Arizona law reduces the chances of racial profiling by requiring officers to contact the federal government when they suspect a person is an illegal alien as opposed to letting them make arrests on their own assessment as federal law currently allows. Section 2 was amended (by HB2162) to read that a law enforcement official “may not consider race, color, or national origin” in making any stops or determining an alien’s immigration status (previously, they were prohibited in “solely” considering those factors). In addition, all of the normal Fourth Amendment protections against racial profiling still apply.

Myth No. 3: “Reasonable suspicion” is a meaningless term that will permit police misconduct.

Reality: “Reasonable suspicion” has been defined by the courts for decades (the Fourth Amendment itself proscribes “unreasonable searches and seizures”). One of the most recent cases, Estrada v. Rhode Island, provides an example of the courts refining of “reasonable suspicion:”

A 15 passenger van is pulled over for a traffic violation. The driver of the van had identification but the other passengers did not (some had IDs from a gym membership, a non-driver’s license card from the state, and IDs issued from the Guatemalan Consulate). The passengers said they were on their way to work but they had no work permits. Most could not speak English but upon questioning, admitted that they were in the United States illegally. The officer notified ICE and waited three minutes for instructions.

The SB1070 provision in question reads:
“For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or agency of this state . . . where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.”

Myth No. 4: The law will require Arizona police officers to stop and question people.

Reality: The law only kicks in when a police officer stopped, detained, or arrested someone (HB2162). The most likely contact is during the issuance of a speeding ticket. The law does not require the officer to begin questioning a person about his immigration status or to do anything the officer would not otherwise do.

Only after a stop is made, and subsequently the officer develops reasonable suspicion on his own that an immigration law has been violated, is any obligation imposed. At that point, the officer is required to call ICE to confirm whether the person is an illegal alien.

The Arizona law is actually more restrictive than federal law. In Muehler v. Mena (2005), the Supreme Court ruled that officers did not need reasonable suspicion to justify asking a suspect about their immigration status, stating that the court has “held repeatedly that mere police questioning does not constitute a seizure” under the Fourth Amendment). Source = http://www.numbersusa.com/dfax?jid=475466&lid=9&rid=123&series=tp06MAY10&tid=999725


43 posted on 05/16/2010 4:51:12 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: mdittmar

The Federal government must arrest and imprison for life, Trumka, Henderson, Berger, and all their lieutenants for being the RICO capo criminals that they are.


44 posted on 05/16/2010 4:52:52 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: manc
This may turn into a low grade civil war of states rights and the Constitution.
45 posted on 05/19/2010 6:28:18 AM PDT by shanover (These are the times that try men's souls....tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered-T. Paine)
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To: shanover

well I hope my state joins the fight but with those in the southern part of the state I won’t hold my breath


46 posted on 05/19/2010 6:57:04 AM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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