Leading Immigration Agency Releases Statement in Response to Arizona Governor's Signing of Controversial Immigration Bill

Posted on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 19:36 pm

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the international migration agency of the American Jewish Community, issued the following statement from Gideon Aronoff, President and CEO, in response to Governor Jan Brewer’s signing of Arizona’s Immigration; Law Enforcement; Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070):

“We are deeply dismayed by the signing of SB 1070. Governor Brewer’s decision this afternoon undermines the very notion of equality we uphold as Americans, as it will force all Arizonans – U.S. citizens, legal immigrants, and undocumented immigrants – to live under a cloud of suspicion and fear. The signing of this bill indicates an enormously misguided effort that has the potential to result in racial profiling that puts Arizona residents at risk.

“The Jewish community has long called on our national leaders to reform our immigration laws to ‘welcome the stranger’ and to create an effective federal immigration system characterized by the rule of law and the humane treatment of newcomers. The Governor’s signing of SB 1070 not only threatens the necessary trust between police and their communities, but the decision also betrays the proud history of a nation built by immigrants.”