Local Reaction to Immigration Ruling

Latinos Still Express Fears of Being Targeted

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by WDJT Editor

MILWAUKEE-WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has set up a hotline for the public to report potential civil rights concerns regarding the Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of those they stop for other reasons.

The hotline phone number is 1-855-353-1010. The email is: SB1070(at)usdoj.gov.

The Supreme Court unanimously approved Arizona's "show-me-your-papers" requirement on Monday but struck down provisions that created state crimes allowing local police to arrest people for federal immigration violations.

In his majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy also said the law could -- and suggested it should -- be read to avoid concerns that status checks could lead to prolonged detention.

He said detaining individuals solely to verify their immigration status would raise constitutional concerns. But he did not define what would constitute excessive detention.

LOCAL REACTION:

"We are pleased that the Supreme Court ruled that SB 1070 went too far," said Voces De La Frontera's Christine Neuman, "that it went too far in allowing them (Arizona) to create their own rules in immigration law."

But the ruling wasn't seen as a complete victory.

Since one of the four provision remained, allowing police to check on immigration status of anyone they may already have in custody.

"Arizona's local law enforcement are going to still have to prove that they are not engaging in racial profiling," Chris Ahmuty from the ACLU added.

"Those who are here legally will still feel targeted," local pastor Walter Baires said, "because it is clear that the police will be looking for those who look latinos."
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