Urges federal officials to take legislative action for humane immigration policy

Denver, CO (July 9th, 2010)-- The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) applauds the Obama administration for its decisive challenge to Arizona’s so-called immigration-reform racial profiling law, known as SB 1070.

Leaders in law enforcement, labor, business, faith and communities around the nation have condemned the bill as a concerted attack on the human and civil rights not only of immigrant families but on all Arizonans. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill in April, prompting immediate protests nationwide. 

Last month AFSC joined several labor and civil rights groups in a lawsuit by signing on to an amicus brief to stop the implementation of Arizona’s anti-immigration law. Read more here http://afsc.org/newsroom/afsc-opposes-arizona-anti-immigrant-law

The U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit filed yesterday sends a strong message to local and state governments that laws and ordinances that promote racial stereotyping and interfere with federal immigration policies will not be tolerated, according to the AFSC, a Quaker international organization working for peace, justice and human dignity.

“This lawsuit is a step in the right direction for our nation. Such ill-conceived measures that seek to promote divisiveness and racial profiling and undermine the basic premise of a democratic society will not be tolerated,” said Robert McGoey, Coloradans For Immigrant Rights member.

“If Congress and the White House do not work together to pass humane immigration policies this year we can expect more copy-cat bills to make their way into public policy and severely taint the immigration debate,” said Jennifer Piper, Immigrant Interfaith Organizing Director of the American Friend Service Committee.

Instead of more of the same ineffective policies that further militarize the border and divide more families, AFSC urges Congress and the Obama administration to utilize the following seven principles to guide reform.

They are:

  • Adopt economic policies consistent with human rights and trade justice
  • Protect all workers’ labor rights
  • Create a clear, workable path to residency
  • Respect immigrants’ civil and human rights
  • Demilitarize the U.S.-Mexico border
  • Support family reunification
  • Ensure immigrants access to services

For more information: Jordan T Garcia: 303.919.8798