MEDIA RELEASE: Across the state, North Carolinians stand up with immigrants May 1

 From Murphy to Manteo, local people are demanding justice and opposing the anti-immigrant policies passed in Arizona and elsewhere

RALEIGH (April 30, 2010) -- People across North Carolina will rally at events Saturday, May 1 to speak out for just and humane immigration policies in our state and nationwide. Besides calling for comprehensive immigration reform, North Carolinians will highlight dangerous and controversial policies such as the recent Arizona law effectively mandating racial profiling.

Opposing these shortsighted policies, they say, will defend families and build safer communities for everyone. Events are scheduled for Asheville, Carrboro, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Hendersonville and Kernersville. Activists will also travel to Washington, DC for a “Rally for Immigrants Rights” in front of the White House.

“The recent raids in Arizona should be proof of how dangerous it is for everyone when local law enforcement collaborates with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),” said Dani Martinez-Moore of the NC Justice Center. “Programs like the so-called “Secure Communities” initiative have proven deceptive, dishonest and dangerous. Before we hurt any more families, it’s time to re-evaluate these counterproductive programs.”

A list of events can be found here: http://www.ncjustice.org/?q=node/495 The “Secure Communities” program, cousin to the controversial 287(g) enforcement effort, requires an individual’s fingerprints to be run through multiple databases upon arrest for any reason -- even if no charges are brought. Advocates and attorneys say that in addition to concerns presented by relying on potentially inaccurate and erroneous information in those databases, the program functions as little more than a dragnet to funnel even more people into the overburdened and mismanaged ICE detention and removal system.

“The public demands answers and accountability,” said Martinez Moore. “ICE has been secretive when presented with reasonable concerns about civil rights. These events show that North Carolinians from all parts of the state aren’t willing to let racial profiling and family-destructive policies go on any further.”

In recent years, May 1 been a day of mobiliazation and action for immigrants rights and workers' rights in North Carolina and nationwide. Thousands of participants attended rallies and vigils in 2006, 2007 and beyond, building on a worldwide history of May Day as International Workers Day.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Dani Martinez-Moore, NC Justice Center, (919) 856-2178, dani@ncjustice.org; Jeff Shaw, 503.551.3615, jeff@ncjustice.org