December 22, 2007

CONLAMIC Fights the Anti-Immigrant OK Law HB-1804 with Motion to Vacate

Tulsa, OK-The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders and CONLAMIC Legal Defense Fund filed a procedural response action in federal court known as a motion to vacate for Judge James Payne to consider at the Tulsa Federal District Court this week.

"We have said in the past that it is imperative for us, the Latino Evangelical Church, to seek for a legal constitutional opinion and stop the implementation of the Oklahoma State Law HB-1804 in Federal Court in order to have the freedom to minister to Latino undocumented families in Oklahoma. We consider it our moral duty to fight for social justice for all undocumented immigrants that are living in the United States. That is the reason that we are back in court with this issue," said Rev. Miguel Rivera, President of CONLAMIC and Chairman of the CONLAMIC Legal Defense Fund.

Oklahoma Attorney Rohit Sharma and William Sanchez the CONLAMIC lead Attorney, are filling the motion after careful review of Judge's Payne recent decision to dismiss the lawsuit. Both attorneys are very confident that Judge Payne will recognize the need to address the constitutionality merits of HB-1804 or open the path for an appeal at the 10th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Denver CO.

"It's our understanding that Oklahoma Senator Harry Coates will offer an amendment in the next legislative session to address the negative impact this law has had on the business sector; particularly construction and agriculture. Even more importantly, this is of critical concern to the Latino Evangelical Church in the United States. The present debate on who should address immigration issue, state or federal, is the reason the Oklahoma case is an unprecedented legal and constitutional exercise for the whole nation," said the Rev. Rivera.

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