December 30, 2007

Oklahoma Judge Denies Motion to Reconsider Dismissal of Lawsuit to Halt Anti-Immigrant HB-1804

Washington, DC- On Friday, an Oklahoma Federal Judge denied a motion to reconsider his decision to dismiss the lawsuit against the anti-immigrant law HB-1804. CONLAMIC Legal Defense Fund will seek action in the Denver based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“HB-1804 is a defective law that is unconstitutional, breed’s discrimination, and punishes local business, churches and immigrant families. Creators of the law, including Rep. Randy Terrill used flawed statistics and misinformation to sell it to Oklahoma citizens. I cannot tell you how disappointed we are in Judge Payne’s refusal to recognize the injustice this creates for the states citizens,” said Rev. Miguel Rivera, President of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC).

Oklahoma’s Latino evangelical leaders have united in protest with CONLAMIC Legal Defense Fund to halt this harmful law before it causes further unneeded chaos and discrimination. This law is erroneous and its proponents know well that this will not solve the problems caused by lack of a solution by Congress to fix the broken immigration system that we have in this nation today.

“Harmful effects including loss in local revenues and hardship on hardworking immigrants have resulted since the laws implementation on November 1st. CONLAMIC Legal Defense Fund will continue to fight against HB-1804 to ensure the immigrants of Oklahoma and those who are perceived to be immigrants receive fair and equal treatment, per the Constitution of the United States,” said Rev. Rivera.

CONLAMIC Legal Defense Fund will seek action against HB-1804 through the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals based in Denver, Colorado.

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