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Arizona Ruling Prompts Iowa Rally for Immigrant Rights

Sandra Sanchez following Arizona law ruling 6-25-12
Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director, speaks at a rally following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision regarding SB 1070, Arizona's anti-immigrant law. For a set of photos from the rally, click here. Photo: Jon Krieg / AFSC

A broad coalition of Iowa groups and individuals rallied at the State Capitol following the U.S. Supreme Court's mixed ruling regarding Arizona's anti-immigrant law SB 1070. Ben Stone, Executive Director of the ACLU in Iowa, said it was an "important day for human rights in this country" and that the one standing provision -- "Show me your papers" -- should be rejected if it's ever introduced in Iowa.

Lori Chesser, an immigration attorney and chair of the Iowa Immigration Education Coalition, said that Iowans agree that immigration is a federal issue and that Congress needs to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

Suku Radia, CEO and President of Bankers Trust, said he's delighted as an immigrant with the ruling but that the uncertainty surrounding the "show me your papers" provision is unwelcomed by the business community. Bishop Richard Pates of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines applauded the bulk of the decision and encouraged us to move forward in the spirit of acceptance.

Victor Torres, a leader in Iowa's Latino community, said he fears heightened racial profiling, descrimination and a lack of cooperation. He called the "show me your papers" provision a step backwards for civil rights.

"Iowans have more common sense and are fair people in their hearts," according to Sandra Sanchez, AFSC Iowa Immigrants Voice Program Director. Sanchez urged Iowans to block any attempts at codifying racial profiling in Iowa.

(For a collection of photos from the rally, click here.)

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