National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America


Supreme Court to Review Unconstitutional SB1070

December 12, 2011

Washington, D.C.The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will review the Department of Justice’s challenge to Arizona’s immigration law, SB1070. Arizona’s harsh immigration law has inspired a series of similar laws in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Indiana and Utah, with provisions requiring local police to determine the immigration status of individuals they “reasonably suspect” are in the country illegally, among other provisions. The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum.

“We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will clarify once and for all that only the federal government has the authority to create and enforce immigration law. We believe Arizona’s SB1070 is misguided and unconstitutional and expect the Supreme Court to use this opportunity to slam the brakes on other state-based immigration laws that are in conflict with our Constitution and core American values.

Draconian, state-based immigration laws make our communities less safe, are costly to U.S. taxpayers and fail to fix our immigration challenges. These laws disrupt community policing initiatives and burden local police departments with responsibilities that belong to the federal government. Local police serve the public best when they are focused on protecting communities, rather than demanding papers and attempting to sort out technical immigration questions.

We look forward to the Supreme Court’s decision and urge the federal government to put politics aside start work soon on a comprehensive fix to our immigration system.

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