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Immigrants' Rights

No policy of
terror in Kentucky

In 2011, an Arizona copy-cat was proposed here in Kentucky, Senate Bill 6. SB 6 would have mandated discrimination by requiring police officers to target people who seem like they might be undocumented.  KFTC was part of a broad effort that successfully defeated the bill.

Here is what some members said about SB 6.

Shekinah Lavalle“The Bill of Rights says that we’re all innocent until proven guilty, but this won’t be true for people with darker skin and accents.” 

Shekinah LaValle
Jefferson County


“SB 6 seeks to establish a sanctioned policy of terror that would systematically and willfully persecute Latinos living in Kentucky. It would wrongfully incarcerate innocent people for profit – including women and Juan Gutierrezchildren.

"This is a crime against humanity. This is wrong. It is wrong in Rwanda, it is wrong in Sudan, it is wrong in North Korea, China or Nazi Germany. It is also wrong in Kentucky.”

Juan Gutierrez
Bowling Green legal
permanent resident


Read an op-ed published in the Georgetown News-Graphic by Scott County member Homer White about SB 6.

Si Se Puede rally in 2006KFTC is working to create a society that supports the human rights of all people. We value the human rights of everyone, regardless of national origin, race, citizenship, immigration status or any other defining characteristic.

KFTC supports our allies in working for comprehensive immigration reform.

We also work to defend Kentucky against bad immigration legislation, especially attempts to divide our communities by colors and accents and places of birth. This is not what we want.

 We want protected communities. We canʼt afford mandated discrimination. We want to stand united. Kentucky canʼt afford to turn neighbor against neighbor.

Learn more about the contributions of immigrants to Kentucky here.

Supporters of immigrant rights work to defeat SB 6

gIMG_7369Over 100 people from around Kentucky gathered in Louisville yesterday afternoon to plan active opposition to Senate Bill 6, Sen. David Williams' anti-immigrant bill.

Faith-based, labor, immigrant, social service, social justice, legal, human rights and many other organizations were represented, including representatives from the Jefferson, Central Kentucky, northern Kentucky, and Scott County KFTC Chapters. They were all united in their determination to defeat the legislation, which was rushed through the Kentucky Senate this week.

People Not Papers action yesterday

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The Hispanic Latino Coalition in Louisville held a People Not Profiles demonstration yesterday to challenge Arizona's anti-immigrant laws.  

Over 100 protesters (including KFTC members) gathered outside the building housing Louisville's immigration offices to protest Arizona's controversial SB 1070. After hearing speakers from several local organizations, the march progressed to Fourth Street Live, where a "Show Us Your Papers" demonstration was held.

150 gather to remember Ana Romero

RomeroThis is a Herald-Leader story about Ana Romero, posted in solidarity with our allies a

Morristown Showing Tonight


A collection of organizations again showed Morristown in Central Kentucky tonight to expand the conversation on immigrant rights within KFTC and our ally groups.


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