Toward Peace and Justice, July 2012: Standing with Immigrant Communities Across the U.S.
Respect for human rights is essential for a peaceful society. We each have a duty to ensure that every one of our neighbors is treated with dignity and respect. The American Friends Service Committee has been standing with immigrants and their families since 1924, when we responded to anti-immigrant laws of that era that sought to exclude immigrants from Asia, Mexico, and Southern Europe.
Last month we hoped that the U.S. Supreme Court would completely reject SB1070, the Arizona anti-immigrant law. While the high court did strike down some of the provisions, it unfortunately upheld the “show me your papers” clause—the part of the law that allows police to demand identity papers from anyone speaking with an accent, from any person of color, from anyone who looks “foreign.” It is hard to imagine how this law can be enforced without condoning discriminatory racial profiling by police.
As the public becomes increasingly aware of the harmful, discriminatory impact of “show me your papers,” the ruling will face renewed challenges. Meanwhile, AFSC continues to support immigrant communities, standing against discrimination and standing for fair and humane immigration reform. Below I’ve provided two simple examples of our work and invite you to join us in demonstrating our deep, shared concern for “ the stranger among us.”
Our communities are strongest when we celebrate diversity and welcome the contributions of all our neighbors. We ask your help to remind our leaders that our laws must extend dignity and respect to everyone. Thank you for your support!
AFSC staff across the U.S. is speaking out to support our neighbors put at risk by the Supreme Court’s ruling on SB1070. Read our response to the court’s rulings. AFSC staffers also were quoted by major media, including the New York Times, MSNBC and hundreds of radio stations nationwide like PNS radio.
On May 28, 2010, Anastasio Hernández Rojas died as a result of a beating and tasing by U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Diego. Since that day AFSC staff has supported his family and their struggle for justice. And more than a dozen members of Congress have joined the call. Read more.
The PBS program Need to Know aired a video that captured the brutal beating, as well as testimony that Anastasio offered little or no resistance. One eyewitness said it was like watching someone being “murdered.” A second documentary on brutality at the border is scheduled to air later this month.
This is a trend that needs to stop now. Join our call for an investigation into all the deaths caused by the U.S. Border Patrol along the U.S. - Mexico border. Please sign the petition to support our efforts.