Statement from South Asian Organizations on Passage of Senate Immigration Bill
Important Step Forward, But Bill is Deeply Flawed
SAN deplores the government’s interrogation, investigation and harassment of social justice and anti-war community activists in Chicago, Michigan, Minneapolis, North Carolina and California. These actions confirm the ever-mounting enforcement regime of US’ national security policies, increased surveillance and interrogations within our communities, especially of those who are politically active, thereby further stifling dissent and silencing activist communities.
In times of such gross governmental abuses of human rights, it is imperative that we speak out against this blatant criminalization of the exercise of our basic social and political freedoms such as voicing dissent against ongoing unjust wars and supporting the rights of oppressed peoples around the world.
Two Community Alerts:
1. Be Aware of Your Rights
2. We Are ALL Arizona Action Update
In light of the recent events in New York around the Times Square car bomb incident, we may see the FBI and Department of Homeland Security engage in increased surveillance and interrogations within our communities, leading to possible detentions.