Border Network for Human Rights
July 28, 2010
**Statement, Re: Arizona judge blocks parts of Arizona law. PROTEST STILL ON!!!!**
EL PASOANS APPLAUD ARIZONA JUDGEâ€™S DECISION
Planned protest still on; will turn into celebration
El Paso, TX â€“The Border Network for Human Rights, a 12-year-old community organizing group with about 4,000 members in El Paso and Southern New Mexico, has taken a stand against the unfortunate signing of an extreme, anti-immigrant bill (SB1070) by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in April. Today, the organization applauds the decision of U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to grant a preliminary injunction on a key provision of the law.
The organization wishes to release the following statement, attributable to Fernando Garcia, Executive Director of the Border Network for Human Rights.
â€œThe Arizona law would have led to racial profiling, inflamed racial hatred and victimized our peaceful border communities. Today we applaud the decision of Judge Bolton to issue a partial injunction and we hope that this racist and unconstitutional law will soon be stricken down by federal court. Border communities deserve border policies and practices that respect their civil and human rights and make us all more secure, not more fearful.â€
July 29 being the date the law was to go into effect, El Paso community members will gather Downtown for a celebration of the partial injunction and to protest of the Arizona law, which was not permanently struck down. The BNHR is expecting more than 150 people and the media is invited to join us.
When: 4 p.m. Thursday, July 29, 2010
Where: Judge Albert Armendariz Federal Courthouse
(new federal courthouse)
Campbell and San Antonio streets in Downtown El Paso
More information on the Border Network for Human Rights: This organization, founded in 1998, is one of the leading immigration reform and human rights advocacy organization in the United States. Based in El Paso, the BNHR counts about 4,000 members in El Paso and Southern New Mexico.