His­panic Na­tional Bar As­so­ci­a­tion boy­cotts state

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY STEPHEN DINAN

The His­panic Na­tional Bar As­so­ci­a­tion said Thurs­day it’s pulling its 2020 con­fer­ence out of Texas to protest that state’s push to crack down on sanc­tu­ary cities, say­ing the new law slated to go into ef­fect next month will lead to dis­crim­i­na­tion.

“We stand in sol­i­dar­ity with the cities, com­mu­ni­ties, and or­ga­ni­za­tions that have voiced their op­po­si­tion to this dra­co­nian law,” said Pe­dro J. Tor­res-Diaz, the as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent.

The con­fer­ence had been slated for El Paso, and the as­so­ci­a­tion said it would have brought nearly 1,000 peo­ple — and an es­ti­mated $1 mil­lion in eco­nomic ben­e­fits — with it.

The new state law, SB 4, pun­ishes ju­ris­dic­tions that have sanc­tu­ary poli­cies thwart­ing po­lice co­op­er­a­tion with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties, and also em­pow­ers lo­cal po­lice to check the le­gal sta­tus of those they be­lieve to be in the U.S. with­out au­tho­riza­tion.

Mr. Tor­res-Diaz said that likely means His­pan­ics — his as­so­ci­a­tion’s mem­bers — will be stopped with­out good rea­son.

He said as long as the state law re­mains, his or­ga­ni­za­tion will boy­cott.

“We cer­tainly will not in­vest our dol­lars into a state that has demon­strated an un­will­ing­ness to pro­vide all peo­ple with equal pro­tec­tion and due process un­der its laws, nor would we sub­ject our mem­bers, all of whom could face de­ten­tion and ques­tion­ing un­der SB4, to such dis­crim­i­na­tory and de­grad­ing treat­ment by host­ing a con­fer­ence in a State with such openly hos­tile poli­cies,” he said.

A num­ber of ju­ris­dic­tions have sued to try to stop SB 4, which takes ef­fect Sept. 1.

“We cer­tainly will not in­vest our dol­lars into a state that has demon­strated an un­will­ing­ness to pro­vide all peo­ple with equal pro­tec­tion and due process un­der its laws.”

— Pe­dro J. Tor­res-Diaz, His­panic Na­tional Bar As­so­ci­a­tion

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