For Immediate Release
Day Laborers Respond to DOJ Lawsuit in Arizona
PHOENIX/LOS ANGELES - Today, the Department of Justice filed a
lawsuit challenging Arizona's SB 1070. The National Day Laborer
Organizing Network (NDLON) with its member organizations in Arizona have
resisted the new law, organizing community members, holding large-scale
marches, and participating as counsel in a lawsuit against SB 1070
with a coalition of civil rights partners. Today, Pablo Alvarado,
director of NDLON, issued the following statement:
"Arizona's demagogue leaders have scapegoated
immigrants, subordinated Latinos' civil rights, and fallen down a
slippery slope. They have received a free pass for too long in part
because they have engaged in persecution of a class of people they have
tried to dehumanize and deem 'illegal.' Today, our country is standing
up to say, 'NO MORE! No more dehumanization. No more criminalization.
No more racial profiling. No more Arizona's.'
"The people Jan Brewer calls 'illegal' will one day
be citizens of this country, they will become leaders of Arizona, and
they will have succeeded in strengthening the Union and defending our
Constitution along their path. Today, we ask Governor Brewer, "What
part of federal don't you understand? What part of unconstitutional
don't you understand? What part of the Fourteenth Amendment
don't you understand?'
"Immigration reform will not be won with one single
piece of legislation. It will be won when immigrants achieve the
political equality we deserve. We will earn our right to stay here by
unifying the country and redeeming its proud tradition as a nation of
immigrants. We will mark the victory achieved in defeating Arizona's SB
1070 as a seminal moment in this enduring struggle. We are confident
justice will prevail."
Chris Newman, legal director for NDLON and counsel
on a lawsuit challenging 1070 said:
"The Department of Justice took the
extraordinary step of filing this lawsuit to defend the Constitution
from attack. Our federal government will not allow a fragmentation of
the Union because of anti-immigrant hysteria. Our legal system will not
tolerate Arizona's latest attempt at nullification. Our courts will
not allow the 14th Amendment to be trampled upon.
confident federal courts will prevent this odious legislation from ever
seeing the light of day. Meanwhile, while the legal process is under
way, we will continue to urge the Obama administration to take other
necessary steps to prevent states and localities from arrogating federal
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NDLON improves the lives of day laborers in the United States. To this end, NDLON works to unify and strengthens is member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights. NDLON fosters safer more humane environments for day laborer, both men and women, to earn a living, contribute to society, and integrate into the community.