March 25, 2008

CONLAMIC is strongly condemning the aggressive actions taken by the Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff

WASHINGTON, DC- The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) is strongly condemning the aggressive actions taken by the Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, as per reports of dozens of undocumented immigrants being "flagged" and victimized by the exercise of "racial profiling".

"Sheriff Joe Arpio's actions were deliberately compromised with an agenda to "hunt undocumented immigrants", with a new twist; the irresponsible participation of armed vigilantes, duly empowered by the Sheriff and with all the intent to intimidate and discriminate against the Latino community in the County", says the Rev. Miguel Rivera, President of CONLAMIC.Dozens of latino families were harassed during this last week by the Maricopa Deputies with the help of "vigilantes", duly armed and ready to assist during the Holy Friday's weekend, taking advantage of the need for many christian and catholic latinos, traveling to worship at their Churches.

"The orders of Sheriff Arpaio to seek and hunt the undocumented immigrants during this past weekend", is to be considered a direct act of provocation and disruption, against and during one of the most solemn celebrations among Latino Christians, where a full display of racial profiling and human rights violations, are been documented and in need to be furhter investigated", says also the Rev. Rivera.

CONLAMIC is the largest Latino Evangelical Pastor's advocacy organization, representing over 16,000 thousand Clergy members in 34 States.

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