Supreme Court to Hear Arizona SB 1070 Case in April
February 10, 2012 - Posted by Victoria Samuels
The U.S. Supreme Court has set April 25 as the date it will hear oral arguments in a case involving Arizona’s state anti-immigration law, Senate Bill 1070.
Civil and human rights groups have argued that the Arizona law conflicts with the federal government’s authority over immigration enforcement and legalizes racial profiling. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit previously blocked some of the controversial aspects of the law deeming it as unconstitutional. The state of Arizona is appealing that ruling.
Following news in December that the Court would be taking up S.B. 1070, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR, said that 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 Leadership Conference and civil and human rights advocates have been working to stop, challenge, and repeal laws similar to S.B. 1070 in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. While there have been some successes, the hope is that a favorable Supreme Court decision in April will decisively defeat these laws.