“Our mission is to empower South Dakotans to fight Islamophobia and immigrant/refugee bigotry,” said Taneeza Islam, executive director of South Dakota Voices for Justice. “The amount of community engagement – South Dakotans calling and emailing their senators to vote no on SCR 13 – has been truly inspiring. We won yesterday by a slight margin, 16-19, but we know our work is far from finished. We will continue to educate legislators on the blatant falsities included in legislation/resolutions which perpetuate dehumanizing propaganda about South Dakota’s Muslim, immigrants and refugees.”
After failing to receive a majority vote of the members present, similar to his failed resolution last year, SCR 15, Senator Tapio motioned to reconsider–a motion that has been ultimately ruled out of order per the joint rules of the South Dakota Legislature.