PRESS RELEASE / URGENT
For Immediate Attention
Contact: Reverend Miguel Rivera
July 27, 2010
Latino Evangelical National Leaders Urge Judge Susan Bolton to expedite a decision against SB-1070
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Coalition Of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) has sent a letter to the Honorable Judge Susan Bolton of the Phoenix US District Court in Arizona, urging her to issue a stay order immediately against the implementation of SB-1070 State law, due to the animosity, polarization and criminal behavior escalating and displayed against latinos recently in Arizona.
"The hideous and cold blood murder of Juan Varela, an american citizen shot in his backyard by a neighbor is a demonstration of the hate and animosity being created in Arizona by this law and those legislators who has sponsored the same.
Sheriff Arpio with his fascist vigilante style law enforcement actions against latino immigrants and Senator Russell Pearce vendetta toward undocumented immigrants, are injecting fear and hate in Arizona, promoting a climate of hate and criminal activity against all latinos.
Hundreds of latinos have already left Arizona in fear for their lives and the worst is expected to come when the next school year starts next August, without a stay order against SB-1070", says the Reverend Miguel Rivera, CONLAMIC Chairman of the Board of Directors.
"Neighborhoods are polarized with sensitivity and tension after the killing of Mr. Varela. Such a "hate crime" as described by the Maricopa County District Attorney, increases the chances among racial intolerant and devious ignorant individuals, to come out against latinos as happened during the 1960's against black people, all across America.
As Ministers of the Gospel, we understand the concerns and the need to secure our borders and stop the human and drug trafficking mafias. But this law does nothing against those concerns except to provide political opportunism for some while creating insensitivity that translates into discrimination against hard working, decent latino people in Arizona", concludes the Reverend Rivera.