For Immediate Release
Ali Jost, firstname.lastname@example.org
SEIU Launches Arizona Travel Advisory Hotline as Part of Broader “It Stops In Arizona” Campaign
Hotline Targets “Reasonably Suspicious” Summer Travelers Who Risk Detainment if they Visit Arizona -- 800-958-5068
WASHINGTON - Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) escalated
its national campaign against costly, anti-immigrant legislation like
SB 1070 recently signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., by
releasing a new travel advisory hotline for would-be travelers to the
state. The online ads launched today [image and full hotline script
below] offer travel advisories for those who may risk detainment if
they visit Arizona, after the extreme law goes into effect.
The online ads are part of SEIU's broader "It Stops
in Arizona" campaign to raise awareness about how extreme
legislation like Arizona's SB1070 fails to fix our nation's broken
immigration system, while costing taxpayers and creating several new
problems. It also urges people to ask Congress and President Obama
to focus on comprehensive solutions to solve our immigration problems
once and for all.
wants serious solutions to our immigration problems-not frivolous
policies, like Arizona's SB 1070 that undermine public safety, waste
millions of taxpayer funds, and imperil our most basic civil rights,"
said SEIU Immigration Campaign Director Javier Morillo. "On behalf of
working families in Arizona and on behalf of American values of fairness
and equality, SEIU is pushing back online, in the courts, in the field
and through a union-wide boycott to stop this harmful law before it goes
into effect and before it spreads to other states."
SEIU's "It Stops in
Arizona" campaign is folded into SEIU's national efforts to urge
Congress to fix our broken immigration system by passing comprehensive,
federal reform. Since launching, SEIU members have held events in
protest of SB1070 and in support of comprehensive reform across the
country. This week events are scheduled Thursday, June 3
outside the White House, where Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will be visiting
with President Obama; at ICE offices in Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose
and San Francisco; and in Boston where a march from the Massachusetts
Statehouse will end with a rally outside the office of Sen.
Scott Brown, R-Mass.
The online ads launched today are part of
SEIU's broader array of online, field, and legislative tactics that
- A union-wide boycott of major events in the state of
- An active field and online campaign demanding
that major league baseball move its All-Star Game scheduled for Phoenix
- A federal lawsuit challenging constitutionality of
- An active grassroots campaign of thousands of SEIU members who have responded with direct action outside baseball stadiums,
statehouses and ICE offices across the country. Thousands of SEIU janitors,
security officers, healthcare and state workers rallied this Memorial
Day recess in Ariz., Calif., Fla., Mass., Minn., N.Y. and Texas.; and
- A website http://www.ItStopsInArizona.
org that includes an online petition
asking people to "Boycott Intolerance," as well as video, legislative
updates and an analysis of
Arizona and immigration reform polling data.
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SEIU TRAVEL ADVISORY
OPERATOR: Thank you for calling the Arizona travel advisory hotline. If
you're planning a trip to Arizona, beware of an important travel
warning. An overly stringent law on immigration has made it difficult
for anyone who looks even remotely suspicious, resulting in detainment.
Please check the following options to understand the implications of
your actions. And remember to carry your citizenship and immigration
papers at all times.
If you plan to wear jeans, press 1.
If your skin is even remotely tanned, yellow, brown or blue in hue,
press 2. If you tend to eat fast foods, drink bright
colored juices or eat fresh vegetables in lieu of meat products, press 3.
If 1: Jeans are worn by many working people
targeted by the new Arizona immigration law. Please wear slacks or
khakis to avoid appearing suspicious. For more information, please press
If 2: Working
people come in many shapes and sizes, but anyone who doesn't resemble a
J. Crew or Ralph Lauren model, should be very, very careful. Consider
wearing conservative or preppy clothing to avoid getting noticed. For
more information, please press 4.
If 3: Many working people targeted by the new
immigration Arizona immigration law eat fast foods and drink bright
colored juices. Avoid these foods while traveling in Arizona to avoid
undue attention from law enforcement officials. For more information,
please press 4
If 4: To learn more about this Arizona campaign
visit www (dot) it stops in Arizona (dot) com. Or press 1 from your cell
phone to receive text message updates about Arizona travel warnings,
boycotts and other breaking news on immigration reform. SEIU will never
charge for these alerts but your carrier's message and data rates may
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