The United Farm Workers union leadership heads to Arizona to test new immigration law.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
UFW Vice President Efren Barajas announced Thursday, June 3 that he and other farmworker leaders will dare Arizona authorities to arrest them when they travel to the state without ID on July 29, the day SB 1070, the state's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law is set to go into effect.
"We're telling Arizona authorities we don't have documents. We have brown skin. We have the characteristics of illegal immigrants. We're challenging [the law] to see what they're going to do."
The Arizona law bans racial profiling, but allows law enforcement officers to request immigration papers of those they suspect are undocumented.
A coalition of civil rights attorneys is challenging SB 1070 because they say it violates the constitutional prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures and the right to equal protection under the law.
Barajas is inviting interested members of the public to contact the UFW if they'd like to participate in the Arizona protest. The Salinas office of the UFW can be reached at 757-6700.