A coalition of Iowa groups in support of fair and reasonable immigration laws will hold a press conference TODAY on the west Capitol steps to address the U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down this morning on S.B. 1070 in Arizona v. US.
We are currently analyzing this mixed ruling, but immigrant and civil rights groups have been concerned. Even though the decision will address a preliminary state of implementation of the Arizona law, it may lead to copycat legislation that would promote racial profiling, deny equal justice, and weaken our economy.
The following groups will be participating in the press conference, but more may yet sign on. The press conference will open with comments from the ACLU of Iowa’s Executive Director Ben Stone and include brief statements from a number of other organizations and individuals.
Besides the ACLU of Iowa, the other Iowa organizations and individuals currently involved in the press conference are:
American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Voice Program
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
Iowa Immigration Education Coalition
Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking
Justice For Our Neighbors
The Iowa Interfaith Alliance
If you have questions, concerns, or need additional information, please contact Veronica Lorson Fowler, communications director for the ACLU of Iowa. She will be on call for media contacts through the weekend and evenings leading up to the press conference and immediately after. You may reach her at 515-451-1777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. AFSC's contact is Sandra Sanchez, Immigrants Voice Program Director, 515-274-4851, ext. 11.