For Immediate Release
July 29, 2010
Olivia Park, NAKASEC, 213-605-1255
Sik Son, KRCC, 847-208-5426
Dae Joong Yoon, KRC, 213-434-4267
On July 28, Judge Susan Bolton issued an injunction blocking some of the most controversial aspects of the far-reaching anti-immigrant law, SB 1070. They:
- Require law enforcement to investigate if they have reasonable suspicion that someone is undocumented
- Make it a state crime to not carry federal immigration papers
- Make it a state crime to solicit work if undocumented or lacking work authorization
- Allow law enforcement to make an arrest without a warrant if they believe a suspect has committed a crime that makes them removable
NAKASEC and our affiliates the Korean Resource Center (KRC) of Los Angeles and the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC) of Chicago embrace and celebrate this victory for immigrants and people of color. Today, we continue to join with thousands across the country to call for full repeal of this racist law.
Making their fourth trip to Arizona, KRC joined a mobilization led by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, which garnered 550 participants united under the theme “We are all the same. Todos somos iguales.” The contingent of labor, community and faith leaders traveled to Arizona to oppose the human rights crisis plaguing immigrant communities.
“I have marched many miles for comprehensive immigration reform for our community, including the DREAM Act for our youth and I will march more miles to see the rights of immigrants protected and served with dignity” said Ki Tae Lee, a 73 year old senior member of KRC’s Community Health Promoters.
In Chicago, KRCC participated in a Unity Event with various labor, community and faith groups that included a delivery of over 2,000 petitions asking the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox to take a stance against the 2011 All-Star Game and move their spring training facilities out of Arizona.
“We joined with our brothers and sisters to say no to Arizona and yes to civil rights, to families, to education and to real solutions. We need to address the real problems of our broken immigration system, not criminalize immigrants who are contributors and builders of our nation,” said Eun Young Lee, Youth Program Director with KRCC.
NAKASEC and our affiliates will continue to monitor and challenge SB 1070. Moreover, we will propel efforts to address humane immigration reform and civic engagement by building a more empowered base of immigrant voters in time for the mid-term elections this year.
NAKASEC is a national organization founded in 1994 by local Korean American community organizations to project a national progressive voice and promote the full civic participation of Korean Americans as part of a greater goal of building a national movement for social change.