(TRENTON) — The New Jersey Legislative Latino Caucus through Chairwoman Assemblywoman Nellie Pou (D-Passaic/Bergen) on Wednesday issued the following statement on Arizona’s new law on immigration:

“Our great nation was been built on a foundation of liberty, with an enduring mutual respect for everyone’s civil rights a vital cornerstone of that foundation.

“Arizona’s new law, however, chips away a big piece from that foundation to the detriment of all.

“This law is more than misguided. It is un-American.

“Most people understand that immigration reform is needed, but it must be a thoughtful and comprehensive approach that simultaneously protects civil rights and our law. Piecemeal approaches like Arizona is taking are neither good public policy nor effective law enforcement.

“The New Jersey Legislative Latino Caucus calls on New Jerseyans to oppose this law and make their voices heard. We can never open the door to eroding our civil rights, yet eroding the rights of everyone is the only thing this law will accomplish.”

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