African Methodist Church joins call for boycotting Arizona over immigration law

11:05, May 03, 2010      

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The First African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday expressed solidarity with calls to boycott Arizona over suggestions that the state's new immigration law may lead to racial profiling and discrimination.

"We are standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Arizona by calling on the State of California, organizations within the state and residents to speak with their economic clout by participating in this boycott," Pastor John J. Hunter said in a statement.

"We are also urging other states across America to do the same, " Hunter added.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other community leaders will join efforts to denounce Arizona's new illegal immigration law and call for a boycott of the state, according to the statement.

The immigration law, signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in late April, is unpatriotic and immoral, the statement said.

The law makes it a state crime for illegal immigrants to be in Arizona, requires police to check for evidence of legal status, and bars people from hiring or soliciting work off the streets. Seen as the toughest in the nation, the law will take effect in mid-summer.

Earlier, Villaraigosa threw his support behind proposals to institute an economic boycott of Arizona.

Two Los Angeles City Council members -- Ed Reyes and Janice Hahn -- introduced a motion on Tuesday calling on the city to institute a boycott against Arizona over the law, called SB 1070.

The resolution calls on the city to "refrain from conducting business with the state of Arizona including participating in any conventions or other business that requires city resources, unless SB 1070 is repealed."

Source: Xinhua


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