The anti-immigrant legislation enacted in Arizona in 2010 drew criticism from secular human rights organizations and a broad range of religious groups, including the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). UUA President Peter Morales denounced the legislation in a statement on April 23, 2010.
In response to SB1070 and in partnership with local Unitarian Universalist congregations and coalition partners, delegates at General Assembly 2010 overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution committing themselves to holding a special "Justice" General Assembly in Phoenix in 2012.
Unitarian Universalists went to Phoenix on July 29th to participate in the Day of Non-Compliance, the day when SB 1070 went into effect. Even though parts of SB 1070 were suspended, it became clear that the problems in Maricopa County were larger. Because of ICE Agreements of Cooperation in Communities to Enhance Safety and Security (ICE ACCESS) programs, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was empowered to target Latin@/Hispanic/immigrant communities even before SB 1070.
To address the ongoing immigration issues in the state and to help Unitarian Universalists prepare for General Assembly 2012, the Arizona Immigration Ministry (AZIM) was formed. AZIM works in partnership with Arizona's immigrant-led organizations.
Since the passage of SB1070 in 2010, copy-cat legislation has passed in five other states.
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Last updated on Monday, December 19, 2011.
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