National Latina/o Organization Responds to September 5, 2012 Supreme Court Decision to Arizona SB 10701Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
5 September 2012
Shirl Mora James, Lead Co-President, Civil Rights and Immigration Lawyer
DeeDee Garcia Blase, Foundress and Co-President
The National Tequila Party Movement responded to the Supreme Court’s June 2012 decision with regard to SB 1070 when we wrote:
“…The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution is alive and well today. The US Supreme Court clearly reaffirmed that immigration is within the preview of federal jurisdiction only. Arizona completely lost on the question of 1) undocumented immigrant registration; 2) undocumented immigrant employment; 3) law enforcement officers arresting without a warrant. The 4th provision regarding “papers please” was only narrowly upheld because the Court does not have the necessary facts to determine if the law is valid. The Court stated, “This opinion does not foreclose other preemption and constitutional challenges to the law as interpreted and applied after it goes into effect.” In other words the Court did not have the necessary facts in front of them at this time, but the issue is being left with the door wide open.”
In other words, (even though the Supreme Court did not uphold most of SB 1070) the Court could not throw out the 4th provision — and it is predictable that Susan Bolton did not have much of a choice because they needed to see a case where someone is discriminated against. If you read the Supreme Court decision of June 2012, the Supreme Court in essence stated it was premature to throw out the 4th section of SB 1070, but would entertain other challenges to this if someone is racially profiled against. They clearly invited challenges to the way it is applied.
We encourage brown-skinned individuals, or any other person of color to do the following if they feel their Civil Rights have been violated.
HOTLINE TO THE DOJ FOR FIELDING INQUIRIES TO REPORT CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN ARIZONA
The Department of Justice has set up hotline phone numbers for fielding inquiries about how people can report potential civil rights violations in Arizona and/or have additional questions for DOJ about the Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona SB 1070 immigration law.
1) Hotline to Report Civil Rights Violations:
2) Additional Inquiries regarding the SCOTUS Decision: