The first intercollegiate Greek-letter organization established by African Americans is speaking out against the controversial Arizona immigration law.
As previously reported, governor Jan Brewer signed a bill set to take effect this summer that permits law enforcement to question people’s immigration status at their discretion. The controversial concept has sparked outrage particularly in the Hispanic community who fears it will prompt racial profiling.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated has decided to set an example to other organizations and has pulled plans to host their annual convention in the state’s capitial of Phoenix. Instead of the Arizona location, fraternity members will meet in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Speaking out against the law in an email, the heads of the organization said,
“the Board of Directors of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity voted unanimously to rescind the location of Phoenix, Arizona, as our meeting location of the 104th Anniversary/90th General Convention in July, and to denounce the egregious immigration act signed recently by the governor of Arizona. It was the full opinion of the board that we could not host a meeting in a state that has sanctioned a law which we believe will lead to racial profiling and discrimination, and a law that could put the civil rights and the very dignity of our members at risk during their stay in Phoenix Arizona.”
As previously reported, there have been a series of protests against the law including one that turned violent.