To: President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, Attorney General Holder, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, Governors, Congressional delegations and legislatures of Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Utah, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Missouri, Maryland, North Carolina, Idaho, Nebraska, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and members of the media
I hereby demand the immediate repeal of Arizona's unconstitutional and racist anti-immigrant law SB 1070, which legalizes racial profiling by law enforcement and makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime. I also demand the immediate repeal of Arizona's racist law HB 2281, which outlaws the teaching of ethnic studies, falsely claiming that Ethnic Studies courses promote hate and resentment. I call on governors and legislators in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Utah, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Missouri, Maryland, North Carolina, Idaho, Nebraska, Michigan, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and all other states to reject similar legislation wherever it is introduced.
I stand with the national leadership of the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, and United Food and Commercial Workers, the City Councils of Oakland, St. Paul, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, the Mayors of San Francisco, Phoenix and Los Angeles, and the more than a million people who marched for immigrant rights in cities across the country on May 1 in calling for a boycott of Arizona until these racist laws are removed from the books. I further concur with AFL-CIO President Trumpka and Wade Henderson, President of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, in their demand that the Department of Homeland Security immediately stop cooperating with local law enforcement officials in Arizona under Section 287(g) agreements, which allow state and local police in Arizona to enforce immigration laws.
I further demand that the Federal Government take immediate action to intercede and overturn Arizona's unconstitutional, racist and anti-immigrant law SB 1070, take further action to prevent similar legislation from being passed in other states, and provide legalization of all immigrants NOW! Militarization of the border with Mexico must end, and all troops and National Guard units must be immediately removed from the border! The money spent on border militarization should instead be spent to keep schools open and provide needed human services.
I call for rejection of all immigration plans, such as the Schumer plan, which would militarize the border, criminalize migrants and impose apartheid-like credentials or pass cards. I also call for repeal of NAFTA and all U.S. trade policies that undermine local economies in developing nations and confront working families with the choice: migrate or starve. Immigrant labor bolsters the U.S. economy and increases corporate profits, and by working for slave wages and paying taxes, immigrant workers contribute far more than their share to the US economy.
The Constitution of the United States forbids detention and arrest without probable cause and a warrant from a judge, calls for equal protection under the laws and bars racial profiling. Not only does Arizona law SB 1070 violate the Constitution in all of these respects, it institutes an apartheid style passbook regime.
Reject Arizona-style anti-immigrant legislation! End racist immigrant-bashing! Legalize all immigrants now!
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