NCLR Urges Supreme Court to Reject Arizona’s SB 1070

December 12 2011


Julian Teixeira
(202) 776-1812

Washington—The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review Arizona’s draconian anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, after an earlier ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked the most controversial provisions in the law. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) hopes that by intervening in this case, the Supreme Court will affirm that the federal government is responsible for immigration enforcement and that states do not have the right to usurp that authority by establishing their own immigration laws.

“While it is incredibly frustrating that many in Congress refuse to act on a solution to help fix our broken immigration system, immigration enforcement is unquestionably the responsibility of the federal government,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “Permitting every state to establish their own immigration system not only fails to solve the problem, it also has seriously harmful effects on their economies, on their image, and on the civil rights of their residents. The U.S. Supreme Court should rule against Arizona to once and for all put an end to this complicated and foolish patchwork of immigration policies that is taking root across this country.”

“The only logical solution to this problem is comprehensive immigration reform enacted at the federal level,” added Murguía. “Congress has repeatedly chosen not to act, though, prompting state legislatures to try to handle this issue on their own with devastating consequences. A ruling from the Supreme Court striking down these anti-immigrant state laws could be the catalyst we need to finally see movement on immigration reform.”

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Issues: Arizona’s SB 1070, Immigration, National Copycat Landscape, SB 1070 Copycats
Geography:California, Far West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Texas