A Latino pastor and a local Muslim leader presented together a workshop about the consequences the enforcement of current immigration laws are having on American citizens and legal residents of the two communities these two leaders represent.
During an inter-faith service organized by We Believe COLORADO on Thursday, June 12, 2008, Pastor Fidel “Butch” Montoya, of H.S. Power and Light Ministries, and Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni, a local Muslim scholar, said that, contrary to popular beliefs, those who are most affected by immigration laws are not those without papers, but Latinos and Muslims who are either citizens or legal residents.
“I have been saying for more than three years that we should carry our American passport even inside the country so we have proof, if we are stopped by police, that we are citizens. People used to laugh at my suggestion. Now they know I am right,” Montoya said.
“We have seen recent cases in Colorado of young Muslims, born in the U.S. and of American parents, who have been deported to Syria or Pakistan, without any notification to their families and without access to a lawyer. We shouldn’t carry our passports with us just to drive across town, but we have to do it,” Kazerooni said. (MORE)