September 06, 2008

Oklahoma Latino Evangelical Pastors urge a full investigation

TULSA, OK- The Oklahoma State Latino Evangelical Pastors with the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) are demanding an immediate and full investigation on the matters published by the Tulsa World, regarding the death of Anna Shouse, victim of a "hit and run" motorcycle accident.

"We have been consistent in our position that, as advocates against the anti latino immigrant law HB-1804, does not voids us from being supporters of strong law enforcement, and as per details reported, regarding the investigation of this accident like; Not taking into custody the driver of the other vehicle involved even when this person admitted that he left the scene which is a felony in Oklahoma, is disturbing and worst when is also admitted that, such person was driving without insurance, for being an undocumented immigrant", says the Rev. Victor Orta, CONLAMIC-Oklahoma Latino Evangelical Pastors Coordinator.

The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) the largest latino evangelical pastor's advocacy organization, with 34 State Chapters, representing over 16,000 thousand Churches around the Country, advocates for a Comprehensive Immigration Reform that would allow undocumented immigrants to have legal access to a legal status, which will also move them comply with State laws, such as obtaining a Driver's License and carry Vehicle Insurance.

"Reports that misunderstanding of procedures or lack of enforcement, provided the opportunity for Pedro Contreras to avoid accountability for his actions, is morally unacceptable and does not help us to move forward toward the need for racial tolerance that has been duly exploited by those who have
used for their political agendas, the controversial and difficult dilemma that our communities have to confront, due to the lack of action by Members of Congress in Washington DC on immigration reform", said Rev. Orta.

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