Arizona SB 1070 Law UnconstitutionaLatino & Puerto Rican Affairs Commission Denounces Arizona Law as "Legalized Discrimination" Calls on Congress to Act with Urgency on Immigration Reform

Hartford, CT - Proclaiming Arizona's new law as "unconstitutional" Isaias T. Diaz, Esq., Chairman of the State of Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC), condemned Governor Jan Brewer's (R-AZ) recent action of signing into law Senate Bill 1070 on Friday. The new law provides for enhanced police enforcement against both citizens and noncitizens based upon "reasonable suspicion" that a person is without proper citizenship.

"This new law violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and is, on its face unconstitutional," said Diaz. "While taking lawmakers concerns into consideration, this law will give police a 'green light' to approach any individual who they 'reasonably suspect' is an illegal alien." Diaz stated further that, "the only possible 'reasonable suspicion' would be an individual who is of ethnic or foreign background." "The constitution clearly does not allow a man's skin tone or ethnicity to constitute reasonable suspicion," said Diaz. "Arizona should have implemented a constitutionally sound solution to the issues in their state, rather than the extreme action taken which clearly I cannot and do not support," said Diaz. Diaz called on Latinos from all over Connecticut to march on May 1 in peace protest to Arizona's new law. In Hartford the march will be @ Albany Avenue & Main Street at 11:00 A.M. and in New Haven, CT @ Grand Avenue & Front Street at 10:00 A.M.

The LPRAC is a nonpartisan policy agency within the Legislative branch of government created in 1994 by an act of the Connecticut Legislature. The LPRAC consists of 21 appointed volunteers that are mandated to advice the General Assembly and the Governor on policies that foster progress in the Latino communities residing in Connecticut