CPC member Cassandra Lewis speaks out against Alabama immigration laws
Colorado Progressive Coalition member Cassandra Lewis, expressed her disappointment toward Alabama immigration laws that are facing both federal challenges and wide condemnation from civil rights activists for refusing basic human needs to undocumented immigrants. The laws, which have been interpreted to bar those who can not provide identification of legal status from any "transaction between a person and the state or a political subdivision of the state," are closing access to public services such as water and heating to some of our most vulnerable community members.
Statement On Alabama Immigration Policy
"The state of Alabama needs to stop living in the 30s, 40s and 50s. Their immigration policy is a tool to enforce a culture of repression. Growing up in Alabalma, I was treated as less than a person and lived under the constant threat of violence from the Klan and police alike," Cassandra said. "I was denied the opportunity to better myself, and we were expected to be dishwashers and coal miners. The civil rights movement brought significant steps towards equal rights in Alabama. They must now repeal these bad immigration laws and begin treating immigrants as human beings."