August 16, 2007

CONLAMIC Leaders Stand Against Anti-Immigrant Ordinance in Virginia

Hon. Craig Gerhart
County Executive
Prince Williams County
One County Complex Court
Prince Williams, VA 22192

Dear Mr. Gerhart;

Latino Evangelical Pastors and Christian Leaders from Prince Williams County will be holding a prayer vigil and press conference at the Prince Williams County circle this coming Saturday the 18th at 12:00 noon. Our President, Rev. Miguel Rivera will be leading us in prayer and a press conference.

The purpose for this event is to support the Latino immigrant community that has been the main target of an anti-immigrant ordinance recently voted on and passed by the County Commissioners.

As a result of the lack of effective legislative actions by Congress, local communities are very concerned with issues regarding the undocumented immigrants in their midst, however, many of these local ordinances have been recognized by Federal District Courts as unconstitutional on the basis that, "immigration issues are the legislative responsibility of the Federal Government and Congress".

Latino evangelical churches is committed to work in partnership with county leadership to seek viable solutions to these matters and avoid the animosity and distress that these ordinances bring. An anti-immigrant ordinance of this kind always causes chaos and divides the community, resulting in harmful repercussions to business, property owners and the larger economy.

Please be advised that the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Justice has been informed of our intentions and a copy of this letter has been forwarded to the Prince Williams County Sheriff Office.

Please feel free to join us at this event in prayer. Be Blessed!

Very Truly Yours;

Rev. Rafael Guevara, Vice-President


cc: William Sanchez, Esq
cc: Prince Williams Sheriff Office
cc: Civil Rights Division, Justice Dept.

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