Tuesday, May 18, 2010

NM Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice at City Hall

On Monday, May 17th, members of the NM Faith Coalition joined a packed City Hall to show support for the Garduno/Sanchez measures on the agenda which challenged Mayor Berry's new procedure for local law enforcement and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) as well as calling for a boycott of city funds in Arizona, like so many other cities have done.

Members of the coalition also spoke to City Council during the 5 hour meeting, including Rev Anita Amstutz of Albuquerque Mennonite Church, Melissa Jameson of St. Michael All Angels Episcopal Church, Renee Wolters of First Unitarian Church, and immigrant Lily Otto.

The NM Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice also distributed bright orange stickers that said "Keep Abq Immigrant Friendly" and more than half the room wore the stickers to identify that they were in favor of the Garduno/Sanchez measures.

Unfortunately, the measures failed by one vote. Please thank Councilmembers Rey Garduno, Ken Sanchez, Debbie O'Malley, and Isaac Benton for supporting compassionate immigrant policies.

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