Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
As we said in one of our news stories this week, even though the resolution to send a letter to Arizona expressing collective disappointment with their recently passed immigration law didn’t make it through City Council, Mayor O’Brien will be sending a letter anyway (solely from the mayor, rather than on behalf of the City).
It will be sent to Governor Jan Brewer, state senate President Robert Burns and AZ Speaker of the House Kirk Adams.
Full letter after the jump:
May 11, 2010
Governor Jan Brewer
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Dear Governor Jan Brewer,
As Mayor of the City of Worcester Massachusetts I write to express my deepest concern and opposition to Arizona Senate Bill 1070. I strongly believe that when we diminish the rights of one group, we endanger the freedoms of all Americans. I believe this law does just that.
My community, Worcester, is a city that has a rich history of standing for freedom and human rights. That history includes the earliest days of the American Revolution through nineteenth century campaigns for the abolition of slavery and women’s rights, to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. We have also long been a city of immigrants who have come from all parts of the globe to build a better life for their families and to enjoy the blessings of this great nation. I do not believe that immigrants or the children of immigrants, from Worcester or anywhere else, should have to fear traveling to Arizona or any other state in our country.
While we appreciate the many problems faced by our fellow citizens in Arizona, we believe that this legislation has a potential to impact the civil rights and liberties of Americans. I believe that the answer to the challenges faced by your state can only be resolved by comprehensive federal immigration reform. I and many people in our community are working towards this end. While we wait for these reforms, I ask that you reconsider this legislation.
Mayor Joseph C. O’Brien