Supreme Court Rejects Most of Arizona Immigration Law


POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012 - 9:23pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 25, 2012 - 9:24pm

Community Reacts

In a divided decision today, the Supreme Court allowed the "papers please" provisions of SB 1070, Arizona's Anti-Immigration law.

The Border Network for Human Rights held a gathering of immigration attorneys and activist groups, who all seemed to feel like the standing provision will prove to be unconstitutional.

"Who is here lawfully is a very complicated decision making process that confuses ice and border patrol, even with all of their training," said immigration attorney, Carlos Spector.

Carlos Spector, an immigration attorney here in El Paso says even though the supreme court shut down part of the Arizona Law, border towns should still have cause to worry.

"There's reason for concern in this community that local law enforcement, mainly in New Mexico will think that they have open season on people who don't speak English well or are brown," said Spector.

" It makes people not want to report crimes, it makes our neighborhoods less safe all because of the immigration consequences," said Paso Del Norte Attorney Jed Untereker.

Christina Parker with BNHR, says there's still more reaction coming. Today's Supreme Court ruling was mainly to demonstrate that federal law trumps state law. And she says allowing this 4th provision to stand will prove to violate people's constitutional rights.

" We're gonna keep fighting against that. That's wrong, we know it's wrong and we think there are more lawsuits coming down the line and we are confident this is not gonna stand in the long run," said Parker.

" I am very confident that in the end, the Supreme Court will find this 4th provision, aspect also unconstitutional," said Ruben Garcia of Annunciation House. “Federal government is the one that should write the laws about immigration and not the states."

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