The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey (“LLANJ”) denounces the passage and signing of Arizona law SB 1070, deceptively named the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act”. The law unfairly criminalizes the Latinos of Arizona by requiring police to verify a person’s immigration status when police believe they have “reasonable suspicion” that a person is undocumented.
“LLANJ stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Arizona. Our commitment to American values demands that we unite across the nation to send a loud message against the emergence of the new Jim Crow law that will unfairly target people of color based upon their race, language and national origin. We call upon our members, allies, friends and supporters to proactively join the boycott of Arizona recently called by the National Congress of La Raza (NCLR), the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), the National Action Network (NAN), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Puerto Rican Coalition (NPRC), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) ” said Martin Perez, President of LLANJ.
“The new law depends upon racial profiling and will lead to the harassment of US citizens, as well as immigrants. This law constitutes the introduction of apartied era pass laws to America. Today they come for our brothers and sisters in Arizona, and tomorrow they will come for us” said Nelson Carrasquillo, Chairman of the LLANJ Immigration Committee, and Chairman of CATA, the Farmworkers Support Committee.
“The passage of this law is a direct consequence of the failure of the Obama Administration and members of Congress to live up to their responsibility, as well as many campaign promises made, to enact comprehensive immigration reform. The President and Congress must recognize the urgency that exists, and take responsible action that upholds American values”, added Perez.
The LLANJ Executive Committee calls upon LLANJ members, supporters and allies to:
Call President Obama at 202-456-1111 and 202-456-1414 demanding he issue a moratorium on enforcement until the implementation of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
March in solidarity on May 30th at 11:00 am in Passaic, from School 11, at Christopher Columbus Park corner of Gregory Avenue and Monroe Street to the Juan Pablo Duarte Plaza in Paterson. .
For more information about protesting Arizona SB 1070 or LLANJ, please visit www.llanj.org.
Martin Perez, Esq.
Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey