Quaker Group Warns Raids, Police Stops Violate Human and Civil Rights
PHILADELPHIA (April 23, 2010) – The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and social justice organization, joins hundreds of individuals and organizations in condemning the new Arizona law that further criminalizes immigrants, adds more burdens on local police, and erodes the civil rights of all in Arizona.
“I am discouraged that Gov. Brewer has ignored the voices of community, religious, business and law enforcement leaders and signed this bill that will further paralyze communities with fear,” said Christian Ramirez, national coordinator of AFSC’s immigrants’ rights programs. “Now in Arizona, to be ‘brown’ is to be suspected of committing a crime.”
“Now that this misguided bill has become law, we call upon President Obama and Congress to enact immigration reform that respects the inherent rights of all people and does not further divide families or militarize the border,” Ramirez said.
Based on years of experience working with immigrant families, AFSC urges lawmakers to use the following seven principles to guide reform.
- Adopt economic policies consistent with human rights and trade justice
- Protect all workers’ labor rights
- Create a clear, workable path to residency
- Respect immigrants’ civil and human rights
- Demilitarize the U.S.-Mexico border
- Support family reunification
- Ensure immigrants access to services
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.