Albany, NY)- After the shocking signing in Arizona of the nation's harshest anti-immigration law, Senators Jose Peralta (D-Queens) and José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) will hold a press conference tomorrow to denounce the new law, and to call for immediate, comprehensive immigration reform. Arizona Bill 1070, which was signed into law on Friday, April 23rd, requires law enforcement to question people regarding their immigration status and to arrest individuals if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they are in the country illegally.
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(Albany, NY)- Following the controversial signing in Arizona of the nation's harshest anti-immigration law, Senators José Peralta (D-Queens) and José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) and, and their Senate colleagues, held a press conference today to denounce the new law, and to call for immediate, comprehensive immigration reform.
The Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday threatened to fight Arizona's tough new immigration law with civil disobedience -- and welcomed the prospect of getting arrested in the process.
Sharpton compared himself to the Freedom Riders of the 1960s, who rode interstate buses in mixed-race groups to protest racial segregation, saying he and his allies would become "Freedom Walkers," striding through the streets of Arizona without identification to show their opposition to the law.
"We will walk down the streets with no identification and submit ourselves to arrest,"
With the budget talks at a stalemate, several Senate and Assembly Democrats took time to weigh in on the biggest national story – the Arizona Legislature’s controversial immigration enforcement bill. Senators Jose Peralta and Jose Serrano publicly denounced the new plan today. They say it would promote racial profiling. And Senator Peralta went a step further, calling the decision to sign the bill by the Arizona Governor a slap in the face of the federal government.
Immigration has been and continues to be one of the key forces sustaining and driving America’s success. However, due to federal inaction and the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the political right, Congress has been unable to pass a comprehensive reform bill to empower a new generation of immigrants to fully contribute to our way of life. This session will discuss the current policy and political outlook for immigration reform and the tools and strategies needed to help groups mobilize their communities and influence Congress to support humane and progressive change.
Jose Peralta, The Working Families Party and Make the Road New York were at Citi Field, on Friday for the Yankees and Mets urging both teams to boycott the 2011 All-Star Game in protest of Arizona's harsh new immigration law.
10,000 of New Yorkers , and hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country, have signed a petition urging baseball teams to take a stand against un-American extremism, profiling and harassment by boycotting the Arizona All-Star Game.