Arizona human rights groups applaud U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling Wednesday that blocked the day labor sections of Arizona's anti-immigrant law known as Senate Bill (SB) 1070. One affected section criminalized anyone who climbed into a car to be transported to work if that vehicle had stopped in traffic in order to pick up him/her. Another criminalized drivers for picking up day laborers. Both sections have been enforced since July 2010, effectively criminalizing economic survival in the state for many.
Many of the most extreme and controversial parts of SB 1070 were blocked two years ago, including provisions that would have required police officers to check immigration status on the basis of a nebulous "reasonable suspicion." However, Judge Bolton rejected the federal government's argument to issue a preliminary injunction against the entire statute. Tucson's Coalición de Derechos Humanos reaffirms their call to the Supreme Court to rule SB 1070 unconstitutional.
Since its enactment in 2010, some sections of the law as well as the "spirit" of SB 1070 have been in full effect in Arizona. The law solidified the collaboration between the police and immigration enforcement. It has perpetuated a xenophobic political climate facilitating the introduction of other anti-immigrant bills into the state legislature, such as former State Senator Russell Pearce's SB 1611. And it has had nationwide implications: copycat laws have been considered in other states and implemented in Alabama, Utah, South Carolina, Indiana and Georgia.
The racist precedent SB 1070 established in Arizona has affected the nation in a manner incompatible with human dignity. Coalición de Derechos Humanos not only calls for the entire law be declared unconstitutional but also anticipates that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon take that action.
Source: Coalición de Derechos Humanos