Yesterday, a federal district court issued a ruling blocking Arizona from enforcing another portion of it’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070. Specifically, the court found that parts of the law violated the first amendment rights of day laborers soliciting work on public streets.
In defending this portion of the law, the state of Arizona claimed that the purpose of the provision was to ensure traffic safety.
From the National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s Press Release on the decision:
“Not only is the exercise of free speech a crucial civil right,” declared the court, “Plaintiffs have shown that they and their members are being chilled from soliciting employment by the threat of enforcement” of the anti-day labor provisions.
This is the second recent victory for day laborers:
Last week, the Supreme Court declined to review a Ninth Circuit decision striking down on First Amendment grounds a Redondo Beach ordinance that criminalized day labor solicitation (Comité de Jornaleros de Redondo Beach v. City of Redondo Beach). The court’s ruling in Redondo Beach struck down the City of Redondo Beach’s anti-solicitation ordinance as a “facially unconstitutional restriction on speech.”