National Latino Group Responds to SB 1070 Supreme Court Decision — Not a good day for Gov. Brewer and Russell PearceMonday, June 25th, 2012
From the National Tequila Party Movement
25 June 2012
Shirl Mora James, Lead Co-President, Civil Rights and Immigration Lawyer
National Latino Group Responds to SB 1070 Supreme Court Decision — Not A Good Day for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Ousted Sen. Russell Pearce, and Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach
Phoenix, AZ — 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.
Ultimately Arizona et al. vs. the United States reiterated, “…as a general rule it is not a crime for a removable person to remain present in the United States.”
The National Tequila Party Movement (Latina counter movement to the Tea Party movement) is pleased with this ruling. The 4th provision will be challenged as soon as it is implemented. We are confident the Supreme Court will uphold our Civil Rights.