NALEO Educational Fund Urges Georgia Legislature Reject Arizona-Style Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund issued the following statement regarding Georgia HB 87:

"The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund is strongly opposed to HB 87, modeled after the terribly flawed SB 1070 in Arizona.

Georgia's HB 87 is an unconstitutional and costly measure that will jeopardize the public safety of all Georgians, violate their civil rights and subject Georgia's Latinos and newcomers to discrimination.

The bill contains several unconstitutional provisions that attempt to supersede federal immigration laws and will likely result in expensive litigation for Georgia, as it has in Arizona. There is a lesson to be learned there.

Throughout the country, Georgia is known for its deep roots in the civil rights movement.  By legislating discrimination, this bill would undermine Georgia's history and image.

The NALEO Educational Fund encourages the Georgia legislature to adjourn its session as scheduled and reject any version of this misguided proposal."  

ABOUT NALEO Educational Fund
The NALEO Educational Fund is the nation's leading non-partisan, non-profit organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.

Contact: Patricia Guadalupe (202) 546-2536

SOURCE NALEO Educational Fund


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