SB 1070 Must Be Blocked Entirely: Human Rights Group Calls for More Action to Dismantle SB 1070

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Coalición de Derechos Humanos applauds U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling Wednesday to block the day labor sections of Arizona's racist, anti-immigrant law known as Senate Bill (SB) 1070. One section criminalized anyone who climbed into a car that had stopped in traffic in order to go work somewhere else. Another section made it illegal for drivers to pick up day laborers. Both sections have been enforced since July 2010, effectively criminalizing economic survival.

The news comes as an important reminder that while many of the most extreme and controversial parts of SB 1070 were blocked two years ago (including provisions that would have required police officers to check immigration status on the basis of a nebulous "reasonable suspicion"), Judge Bolton rejected the federal government's argument to issue a preliminary injunction against the entire statute.

Since then, some sections, and the "spirit" of SB 1070 have been in full effect in Arizona. It has solidified the collaboration between the police and immigration enforcement. It has perpetuated a xenophobic political climate wherein it is now considered permissible for other anti-immigrant bills-like Former State Senator's Russell Pearce's SB 1611-to be introduced into the state legislature regularly. And it has had nationwide implications: copycat laws have been contemplated in other states, and implemented in Alabama, Utah, South Carolina, Indiana and Georgia.

The racist precedent SB 1070 has set in Arizona-and the rest of the country-is inexcusable and intolerable to any person with a shred of respect for human dignity. It is high time that the entire law be declared unconstitutional. Coalición de Derechos Humanos expects that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon do exactly that.  It time that the Arizona governor and state legislature stop promoting racism, fear and hatred.  Arizona is a beautiful state that could be a positive model for the nation.  The legislature must focus on creating jobs, improving public education and access to healthcare, and all those things that the Indigenous peoples of this hemisphere call "el buen vivir" or "living well." We must take a small step towards respecting human rights in the 21st century by repealing the entirety of SB 1070.

Contact:  Derechos Humanos: 520.770.1373

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Coalición de Derechos Humanos ("The Human Rights Coalition") is a grassroots organization, based in Tucson, Arizona, which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike.