FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 27, 2010
Out4Immigration Urges Boycott of Arizona
State’s Draconian Anti-Immigrant Law Leads LGBT Immigrant Rights Group to Join Others in Calling for Repeal of SB 1070
Media Contact: Amos Lim, Out4Immigration , 415-742-1626, email@example.com
San Francisco, CA – April 27, 2010 — Out4Immigration joins other LGBT, human rights and immigrant rights organizations in calling for a repeal of Arizona’s new law that makes it a crime to be undocumented while living in or traveling through the state. Out4Immigration also urges a boycott of entities, corporations or companies conducting business in Arizona and that anyone against its draconian anti-immigrant law avoid traveling to the state.
"This is a repressive and regressive law," said Mickey Lim, Vice President, Out4Immigration, a grassroots group based in San Francisco that advocates for change to current US immigration law to recognize LGBT Americans with foreign partners. "We advocate an overarching boycott of entities, corporations or companies conducting business in Arizona by not purchasing their goods and services. This includes suspending all travel to the state.
"Our immigration system is broken and is in much need of reform. We urge our representatives in Congress to take action immediately to bring about a Comprehensive and Inclusive Immigration Reform that includes LGBT families; specifically we want the language of the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) included as part of the immigration reform."
SB 1070, signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on April 23, has led to a backlash against the state in the form of boycotts and calls for repeal. The new law, which permits police officers to stop and detain anyone suspected of being undocumented until they can prove otherwise will no doubt lead to racial profiling and civil liberties abuses.
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For more information:
San Francisco Calls for Arizona Boycott: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/politics/SF-Supe-Calls-for-Arizona-Boycott-92095669.html
The Uniting American Families Act (H.R. 1024): http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:h.r.01024:
The Uniting American Families Act (S.424): http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:SN00424:
Out4Immigration is a national grassroots organization dedicated to raising awareness about the discrimination same-sex binational couples face under current US immigration law and the difficulties they encounter in keeping their families together legally in this country. For more information, visit www.out4immigration.org.