NCLR Hails Successful Challenge to Block Key Provision of Anti-Immigrant SB 1070

April 22 2014



Joseph Rendeiro
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Supreme Court upholds lawsuit led by NCLR Affiliate Valle del Sol and other Latino leaders in Arizona

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of a provision in Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, which would have made it illegal to transport or harbor undocumented immigrants. The provision had been blocked by the U.S. District Court in Phoenix in 2012, an injunction that was later upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

“The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold this injunction unequivocally affirms what we have known to be true since this law was passed in 2010: SB 1070 is an unconstitutional infringement on the civil rights of all Arizonans,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza). “This legislation is a reckless attempt to make racial profiling and discrimination the law of the land in Arizona, tarnishing the state’s reputation and needlessly costing millions of dollars to defend it in the courts. We applaud the efforts of our Affiliates in Arizona, including the lead plaintiff in this court case, Valle del Sol, and the supporting plaintiff, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as our allies throughout the state. They have all tirelessly pushed back against this legislation in order to ensure that all Arizonans, especially Latinos, are treated by law enforcement fairly, with dignity and respect.”


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