Monday, April 2, 2018

State protection for immigrants

For Immediate Release

March 28th, 2018

Contact Information:
Amaad Rivera
(413) 799-2183

Amaad Rivera calls for state protection for immigrants in response to Springfield Mayor’s effort to revoke non-profit status of South Congregational Church

Mayor Sarno has ordered South Congregational Church to be stripped of its non-profit status for offering sanctuary to a Peruvian woman facing deportation. “We should be applauding these faith leaders for putting their morals into action and keeping families together, instead of using government resources to unfairly target communities using their first amendment rights,” said Amaad Rivera. “Especially during a time where many people are celebrating their holy week. This is unacceptable!”

As a Springfield City Councilor, Amaad led the unanimous passage of a resolution “Opting out of Secure Communities” which supported immigrants and law enforcement to work together to make our communities safer without the threat of deportation in June of 2011.

Amaad Rivera, Candidate for State Senate said, “As a former Congressional staffer, I have heard countless heartbreaking stories of families who are being unfairly targeted by the Trump administration while struggling to navigate our broken immigration system. Now more than ever we need to pass an immigrant bill of rights in the State House. I am running to be a bold leader that can help us pass legislation like this and stand up for everyone in the Hampden district.”