NHCLC Reacts to Supreme Court Decision on Arizona Immigration Law
America's largest Hispanic Christian Organization, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the Hispanic Evangelical Association, reacted today to the Supreme Court decision regarding Arizona's controversial immigration law. Rev. Samuel Rodriguez responded on behalf of the association.
"By striking down the major provisions of SB 1070, The Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the values that make this nation great and in essence initiated the process of establishing a legal firewall against draconian measures as it pertains to immigration.
The question at hand is whether the state has the right to violate the civil and human rights of individuals under the guise of "the rule of law". Arizona's measure and other attempts to usurp fundamental human rights required our highest court to intervene.
Although a provision regarding proof of citizenship still stands in question, the court's decision conveys a clear message that 21st century jurisprudence will not tolerate measures that polarize and segregate our communities. Now it's time for our federally elected officials to rise up with the moral fortitude to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
It's time for Republicans and Democrats alike to come together and declare that this generation will not tolerate any legislative measure that tears us apart rather than bring us together.
For at the end of the day, the gospel of Matthew states it best; Blessed are the those that hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be filled. Today's decision began to quench the thirst. "
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Hispanic Evangelical Association
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The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is the Hispanic Evangelical Association, the Nation's largest Christian Hispanic organization, unifying, serving and representing the Hispanic Born Again Community via 40,118 member churches and over 16 million constituents by reconciling the vertical and horizontal of the Christian message through the 7 Directives of Life, Family, Great Commission, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth.
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