Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court passed a resolution Tuesday opposing Arizona’s SB1070 and “any similar attempts by the Texas Legislature to create state laws and regulations that foster racial profiling or discrimination based on race, ethnicity or national origin and that attempt to place the responsibility over the enforcement of immigration laws on local law enforcement officials.”
Present at the Commissioners’ Court supporting the resolution were representatives of LUPE, ARISE and Proyecto Azteca, all who are a part of the Immigration Working Group of the Equal Voice Network of the Rio Grande Valley.
The resolution was proposed by the Immigration Working Group as part of the growing campaign against SB1070 and for comprehensive immigration reform. The action was quite a testimony to the work of the group, as there were several people at the meeting who spoke strongly against the resolution, which also urges the President and Congress to act on passing “humane, comprehensive, responsible” immigration reform.
This is another victory for the fight against SB1070 and for dignity and respect for immigrant communities. The Hidalgo County resolution builds on the resolution passed by the City of Brownsville by not only opposing SB1070 for Arizona, but for Texas as well. While not referencing it specifically, it recognizes the push for a similar law by Texas lawmakers by opposing “any similar attempt by the Texas Legislature” to create such a law.
The next action in the campaign will take place next Tuesday evening when LUPE, in conjunction with other representatives of the Equal Voice Immigration Working Group, will present a similar resolution to the Alton City Council. All are invited to show their support for the resolution at the City Council meeting, which will take place at 7:30pm at Alton City Hall.
Please contact us if you would like support for passing a similar resolution in your city or school.