Supreme Court Decision on AZ SB1070: Call for Immigration Reform, Protect Basic Rights, Voter Mobilization
On June 25, in a 5-3 ruling the Supreme Court of the United States struck down 3 of the 4 provisions of Arizona’s draconian anti-immigrant law, SB1070. This decision affirms that states cannot take immigration matters into their own hands. As a community we must to focus our efforts on the power of the vote to convince Congress and the President that it is in their ability and must pass an immigration reform bill that works for our communities and our country.
Unfortunately, the court’s ruling was not all in favor for our community; the one provision allowed to stand was the discriminatory Section 2(B) also known as the “show me your papers” provision. This provision allows police officers to stop anyone they suspect as being undocumented and require that the person present their “papers”. If left unchecked, this provision could lead to discriminatory racial profiling practices on the ground. Immigrant rights and civil rights groups will remain vigilant that basic rights of all people are protected.
For more information on the court’s ruling check out the official press release from NAKASEC at http://nakasec.org/blog/2978 or download here
During this critical election year, we are urging Korean American and AAPI voters to make informed decisions on how their elected officials stand on the basic rights of immigrant families and communities of color. For more information on this Asian American & Pacific Islander Families Campaign, what immigration reform means to you, and how we can work to keep our families together please check out http://testingnow999.wordpress.com/