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New Yorkers Travel to Washington, DC, to Join Historic Civil Rights Rally in Front of Supreme Court


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Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage,  E-mail: tyaku@thenyic.org
(Wednesday, April 25, 2012)

New Yorkers Travel to Washington, DC, to Join Historic Civil Rights Rally in Front of Supreme Court

Immigrant Community, Clergy, and Civil Rights Leaders Stand Against Discrimination as  Court Considers AZ’s SB1070 Law

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 (Washington D.C.) Today the New York Immigration Coalition joined hundreds of protesters at a rally in Washington, D.C., as the Court hears oral arguments on the constitutionality of Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 law.

The following is a statement from Ms. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:

“SB 1070 is an exercise in racial and ethnic profiling, and a destructive force in the state’s economy. The fear-mongering politicians in Arizona made a terrible mistake that the people of Arizona are now paying for, with families, congregations, and communities torn apart, and storefronts shuttered across the state.

”The outright assault on basic civil rights by the state of Arizona, or by other states and localities that have followed or are considering following a similar course, will never amount to any sort of solution for our broken immigration system. We need our elected officials in DC to stop passing the buck. It’s long past time for Congress to bring reason and fairness into our immigration system so it works for families, workers, and business; strengthens the economy; and serves the public interest.”

The New York Immigration Coalition is on the ground in Washington, D.C. For interviews with New York participants in today's DC events, please contact Thanu Yakupitiyage at 212-627-2227 x235.  

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 The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.



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