With SB 1070 on deck, Supreme Court decision will be a game-changer
As one battle dies down, another heats up. With the oral arguments in the Supreme Court on health care reform over, millions of Americans across the country are turning their attention to the highly contentious case over Arizona’s extreme anti-immigrant and anti-Latino bill, SB 1070. NCLR has wasted no time jumping full force into this case, filing an amicus brief alongside a host of other national organizations that advocate on behalf of Latinos, including the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic National Bar Association, Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund.
So what’s at stake? The amicus brief details a number of concerns raised by SB 1070, including its potential to:
-Cast a chilling effect over the ability of Hispanic schoolchildren in Arizona to obtain an education
-Prevent Latinos from applying for federal benefits to which they are entitled
-Increase discrimination, racial profiling, and harassment from police
-Cause irreparable damage to Arizona’s businesses
Our groups are not alone in voicing disdain for this bill. More than 300 organizations joined 19 amicus briefs supporting the U.S. government in its legal challenge against Arizona’s SB 1070. From faith, labor, business, and law enforcement communities, we voiced to the court that we cannot stand by and simply ignore the very real threats to all Americans that could result from allowing this law to stand.
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