FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2010 Contact: José Ibarra (541) 261-1399
OREGON COMMISSION ON HISPANIC AFFAIRS DENOUNCES ARIZONA LAW AS “LEGALIZED DISCRIMINATION”
Calls on Congress to Act with Urgency on Immigration Reform
Salem, OR—Proclaiming Arizona’s new law as an “open floodgate for blatant legalized discrimination,” Jose Ibarra, Chairman of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, condemned Governor Jan Brewer’s (R-AZ) recent action of signing into law Senate Bill 1070 on Friday. The new law provides for enhanced police enforcement against both citizens and noncitizens by local police based upon “reasonable suspicion” that a person is without proper citizenship.
“This new law contradicts the values and compromises the integrity upon which America was founded,” said Ibarra. “In lieu of the right to ‘the equal protection of the laws’ of the State guaranteed by our Constitution to ‘any person within its jurisdiction,’ any Hispanic in Arizona now faces legalized bigotry and severe disparate treatment, which will inevitably result in rampant violations of civil rights.” Ibarra called on Hispanics everywhere to boycott Arizona as a tourist destination as long as the new Arizona law remains a threat to our freedom.
Oregon constituents are urged to contact their congressional representatives and demand that Congress and the White House act immediately for a just and comprehensive reform of immigration law, before another act of copycat legislation ensues in other States. “Without a shadow of a doubt, Arizona’s new law is inhumane, ineffective, and a shameful page in American history,” said Ibarra. “We cannot stand by the sidelines and allow this to happen.”