El Pasoans Rally For Immigration Rights

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 8:56pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 9:50am

As Arizona's controversial immigration law goes before The Supreme Court, El Pasoans opposing the law held a vigil to support human rights.

Holding American flags and posters demanding respect for all, El Pasoans in support of immigration rights say El Paso needs to get involved in human rights.
Almost 100 El Pasoans gathered Wednesday evening, marched and chanted for immigrant's rights, both legal and illegal.

"We are out here showing support for the people impacted by the law and show solidarity with all of those holding similar events all around the country,” said Cristina Parker with The Border Network.

The Border Network says Arizona's immigration law affects us here in The Borderland.

"We are a community of immigrants and Latinos, so this touches people very personally. You are talking about someone's family, someone's friend, someone's neighbors. So even though we were lucky here in Texas and they didn't pass a law like this last year, we still feel that same sense of solidarity with the people in Arizona who have been living in fear,” said Parker.

Darya Marchenkova says The US Supreme Court debate in Washington should get our attention in El Paso.

"We are a city on the border. We are a city of immigrants, and we are a city that's for many years has shown to be one of the safest cities of its size in the country,” said Marchenkova.

Marchenkova says Wednesday evening’s rally isn't just about immigration, it's about equal rights for all.

"Our country should up hold human rights. It should up hold the rights of people to participate in their communities to stay with their families. These are things that we know people care about in this country, and we are here to make a stand and say SB 1070 does not reflect our values and our principals,” said Marchenkova.

Still The Border Network says if Arizona's immigration law is up-held, it poses a threat to immigration around the country.

"What this opens up is if the court says that Arizona can do this, then every state can have its own immigration policies. Every state can have its own foreign policy. Its own foreign trade. It just makes no sense. We need something united across the country that's one policy that makes sense for everyone,” said Parker.

The Supreme Court is focusing on the part of Arizona's immigration law that allows law enforcement to check a person's immigration status.

Rallies also took place in different cities around the country on Wednesday evening.

 

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