Las Cruces Drops Anti-Arizona Resolution, Prompting A Protest
POSTED: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 10:03am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 11:54am
Las Cruces - Las Cruces will not be joining El Paso City and County in passing a resolution against Arizona's controversial immigration law.
A city spokesperson says Mayor Ken Miyagishima, who originally drafted the resolution, has changed his mind.
Miyagishima first believed the law would allow for racial profiling, before he says he learned it only allows law enforcement to question someone's immigration status if they're committing a crime.
Las Cruces City Council was set to vote on the resolution, which did not include a boycott, today.
That decision drew a protest in front of Las Cruces city hall this afternoon. The Border Network for Human Rights staged the protest, asking the mayor to change his mind. Organizers say they had at least 150 demonstrators. The protestors are asking people in the Borderland to take a stand against what they call a racist law.
"It is a very bad law and we don't want it here and we're not going to accept it and we're going to continue doing protests and doing whatever we need to do in order to stop this racism against all people," said Gabriela Castaneda, with the Border Network for Human Rights.
The group says it's working on organizing more protests against the Arizona immigration law.