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Press Statement: Coalition Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona's SB 1070

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Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage,  Main Phone: 212-627-2227 x235,  E-mail: tyaku@thenyic.org
New York  (Monday, June 25, 2012)

Press Statement: Coalition Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona's SB 1070

Immigrant Communities Renew Call for Immigration Reform and National Voter Mobilization Campaign

Photo above: Jacki Esposito, Director of Immigration Advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition makes remarks in front of 26 Federal Plaza on the Supreme Court's decision on SB1070. To her left is Congressman Jerrold Nadler and to her right, Councilman Daniel Dromm.

(New York, New York)—Today, the United States Supreme Court invalidated three of the four provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070 on the grounds that they were preempted by federal law but upheld the most controversial provision that requires local police to inquire about an individual’s immigration status before releasing them, finding that it was unclear whether application of the provision will interfere with immigration law and noting that the opinion did not foreclose other preemption and constitutional challenges to the law once it goes into effect.

The provisions struck down by the Supreme Court as preempted by federal law include:
• Section 3 which makes failure to carry registration papers a state crime
• Section 5(C) which makes it a misdemeanor for an undocumented immigrant to seek or engage in work in Arizona
• Section 6 which authorizes state and local police to arrest without a warrant anyone the officer has probable cause to believe is deportable
The provision upheld by the Supreme Court was:
• Section 2(B) requiring local police to verify a person’s immigration status before releasing them if they have reasonable suspicion the person is deportable.
In response, immigrant communities across the country are uniting in a national effort to mobilize the community and mobilize voters to defeat the anti-immigrant agenda and to fight for equal protection of the law and just and humane immigration reform. The New York Immigration Coalition reacted to the Court’s ruling at a press conference earlier today outside 26 Federal Plaza.
The following is a statement from Ms. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:

“The Supreme Court rightly struck down three provisions of Arizona’s blatantly anti-immigrant law today clearly demonstrating that this law is out of line with the constitution. However, we are outraged that the Court upheld the “show me your papers” provision of the law. This provision will only worsen the human rights crisis on the ground in Arizona and will encourage racial profiling by local police in Arizona and across the country. Although the Court's decision is a major setback for civil rights in America, we’ll make sure it’s only a temporary setback. We’ll fight to protect our basic civil rights. We’ll vote in record numbers in November to have our voices heard. And we’ll keep the struggle going until we win equal treatment under the law and immigration reforms that put an end to the fear and suffering in immigrant communities.”

Today’s press conference was endorsed by African Services Committee, American Jewish Committee New York, Arab American Association of New York, Chinese Progressive Association, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, Hispanic Federation, Hudson Valley Community Coalition, Islamic Circle of North America, Judson Memorial Church, La Fuente NYCPP, La Union, Long Island Immigrant Alliance, Make The Road New York, MinKwon Center for Community Action, New Immigrant Community Empowerment, New York State Immigrant Action Fund, New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform, National Network for Arab American Communities, New Sanctuary Coalition, New York Immigration Coalition, New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform, SEIU Local 32BJ, The Violence Intervention Program,

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