People’s Assembly on Immigration Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2013 Contact: Janeth Vazquez Phone: (316) 655 2667 janeth@sunfloweract.org

SB 140 & HB 2192 Will Hurt Students, Families, Workers and the Kansas Economy People’s Assembly on Immigration Reform

WICHITA, Kan. – On Wednesday, March 6, Sunflower Community Action will travel to Topeka, Kansas to deliver the People’s Assembly on Immigration Reform at 12 p.m. in the rotunda. The purpose of this Assembly is to deliver real stories from immigrants in Kansas, and educate our legislators on how SB 140 and HB 2192, two proposed anti-immigrant bills will hurt our state.

As comprehensive immigration reform is being debated nationally, our state has taken a drastically different direction by introducing these two anti-immigrant bills. Behind this anti-immigrant strategy is our Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is leading Kansas backwards to the era of Jim Crow policies that foster hate, legalize racial profiling and divide families.

SB 140 mirrors the state law in Arizona requiring ‘proof of citizenship’ of anyone suspected of being undocumented. In Arizona and Alabama, this law has cost state and local law enforcement and other state agencies millions in unanticipated costs, and has legalized the racial profiling of people of color regardless of the status. Rather than enhancing our economy, this bill will cost the state $1.8 billion in economic activity, $807.2 million in gross state product and approximately 11,879 jobs.

HB 2192 repeals the 9 year-old law that provides in-state tuition for undocumented, college eligible immigrant students. This provision assists over 600 students where Kansas is their only home and invests in the future of our young leaders. In addition, this injects more than $3.5 million into the Kansas economy.

Sunflower Community Action is delivering this message to the Kansas legislature. These anti-immigrant laws are morally and economically wrong for Kansas! Immigration policies should reflect our state’s values of fairness, justice and equality. Sunflower members also call on Governor Brownback to veto any anti-immigration legislation and support a path to citizenship for millions of hard working families.

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