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Texas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Says ‘No’ to Arizona-type Law

One of the largest Hispanic chambers of commerce has stated its opposition to an Arizona-type legislation recently filed in the state legislature.

At the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (RGVHCC) Legislative “Report Card” Dinner on Thursday, governmental issues spokesperson Israel Rocha read out a prepared statement on the issue, which will be available in the RGVHCC’s legislative agenda.

Segments of the statement read:

We are very supportive of the DREAM Act and its passage in the upcoming session. We are also opposed to numerous anti-immigrant bills that have recently been introduced in the Texas Legislature.

Considering our state’s fiscal and budgetary crisis we believe that these types of bills will have a negative impact on our state’s business relationship with our partners to the south, and will create unnecessary hurdles to attracting new businesses and industry to Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.

This type of legislation – the Arizona laws that we are referring to – have already shown very negative financial and business impacts in the state of Arizona. We wish for that not to happen in Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.

We cannot afford that distraction, we cannot afford that misdirection, and that financial implication for our state, especially given the delicate financial times we find ourselves are in.

State Representative Armando Martinez (D-Weslaco), who spoke at the RGVHCC event, later said that having the support of RGV’s business community in opposing the Arizona-type legislation would be a huge boost to the region’s legislative delegation when the session begins.

“We know we have the support of our constituents in opposing these anti-immigrant bills. To have the support of the business community also, that speaks volumes. We are all against these racial profiling bills, these hate bills, that will erode the fabric of our communities,” said Martinez.