Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070


The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Arizona's racial profiling, anti-immigrant law SB 1070 on April 25, 2012 and is expected to make a decision mid-late June about whether or not it will uphold the four key provisions of the law that were blocked by the lower courts. 

  • Section 2B: Requires AZ to question someone based on "reasonable suspicion" that they are in the country without authorization. 
  • Section 3: Makes it a state crime when someone fails to carry their papers 
  • Section 5c: Makes it a state crime for undocumented immigrants to work. 
  • Section 6: Allows police officers to make a warrantless arrest if they believe the person has committed a deportable offense. 

NNIRR is preparing talking points and materials to share in anticipation of the Supreme Court's ruling, which we think might uphold some of the worst provisions of the law. For years, communities especially in the border region, have been feeling the devastating impacts of border control and immigration policing policies and practices. On the one hand, SB 1070 makes these realities even worse, and on the other hand, it doesn't really change much for communities who continue to struggle against a growing apparatus that consolidates immigration and policing at every level.  

Below, we have compiled some resources we hope will be helpful in understanding the significance of the Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070, what it is and what it isn't. 

The US vs AZ: A Primer for the High Court's Big Day on Immigration (by Colorlines online)

Q & A Guide to AZ vs US: What you need to know about the Supreme Court case (Immigration Policy Center)