Yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift an injunction on the most controversial aspects of SB 1070, including the provision that required police to verify the immigration status of anyone they suspected of being undocumented, the show me your papers portion of the notorious law. The injunction is expected to stay in place until the Department of Justice lawsuit against SB-1070 is decided.
Salvador Reza of the Puente Movement responded, “SB 1070 and the on-going court battles could be avoided if the Obama administration simply ended its ICE Access contracts with Arizona. A simple stroke of the President’s pen could resolve much of the human rights crisis in Arizona. ”
And may I add, across the country. It’s important to remember that the federal lawsuit against SB1070 is based more on the idea that it is the job of the federal government to enforce immigration laws, than on the idea of racial profiling being a disgusting way to feed the prison system. And enforce the federal government has done (i.e Secure Communities).
The continuance of the injunction hopefully will also serve as a warning to states, like Georgia, that are pushing laws like SB1070, that these laws will be challenged by the legal system, but perhaps more importantly and less talked about, by our communities.