December 13, 2007

Oklahoma Judge Dismisses CONLAMIC Legal Defense Fund Lawsuit

Appeal to Follow

Washington DC-Rev. Miguel Rivera will call today for a meeting with the CONLAMIC Legal Defense Attorneys, to confer after Judge James Payne's decision yesterday to once again, dismiss a lawsuit filed by the National Coalition of Latino Clergy, Piedra Angular Church, Iglesia Eficaz and other plaintiffs, against the State of Oklahoma, regarding legislation known as HB-1804.

"It is a sad day for the Constitution of the United States, after Judge Payne's decision to dismiss our legal action. It happened once before and we will evaluate all our options, in order to pursue justice in behalf of hundreds of Latino undocumented people who are members of our Churches, hard working families and Latino students, that are seriously affected by this legislation", says the Rev. Miguel Rivera, President of the largest Washington based Latino evangelical church advocacy organization.

At first, Judge Payne decided that there was no standing for CONLAMIC to file such action since there was no proof of injuries before November 1st.

"We are convinced that once our Attorneys review Judge Payne's opinion, grounds to appeal at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, will be our next move", continues saying the Rev. Rivera.

Latino evangelical churches have been negatively affected due to the numbers of parishioners (legal and undocumented) that have left the State, since HB-1804 was implemented, "due to the requests of landlords to vacate rental apartments and the lost of jobs at the construction industry", also said Rev. Rivera.

"We are very concerned and disappointed that at a time when the State of Oklahoma is suffering due to the struggles caused by the largest "ice storm" in the last twenty years and hundreds of people are seeking shelter and assistance, this non-prudent decision by Judge Payne, will continue to create chaos and anxiety among many undocumented families that were expecting a fair remedy against such an immoral piece of legislation" concluded Rev. Rivera.

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