For Immediate Release
Contact: Puente, firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Rallies Against Gov. Ducey’s Racist Anti-Refugee Announcement
Attempt to ‘Ban’ Refugees Promotes Fearmongering, Xenophobia, & Violence
What: Rally Against Racism and Hate
When: Tuesday, November 17th at 11am
Where: Outside of Governor Doug Ducey’s Office, 1700 W Washington
Who: Puente, concerned community members
Phoenix, AZ– In response to Governor Ducey’s attempt to ban any new refugees from entering Arizona, Puente has called for a rally outside of the Governor’s office denouncing the racism and hate promoted by Ducey’s announcement.
Citing recent attacks in Paris as justification, Governor Ducey joined 24 other governors in issuing executive proclamations against refugees on Monday. While questions remain as to the legality of these announcements, advocates are deeply concerned by the manipulation of a tragic event to stir fear, condone racism, and justify policies that criminalize entire communities.
Carlos Garcia of Puente says, “Other governors’ bans of Syrian refugees are unacceptable and racist, but Arizona once again took hate a step further by attempting to ban all refugees. Banning refugees escaping poverty and violence only serves to further victimize those fleeing for their lives. Immigrants in Arizona already know first-hand how devastating this sort of scapegoating and xenophobia can be, and now Ducey’s fearmongering makes us even less safe by creating an environment that promotes racist acts of violence against immigrants and communities of color.”