NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING
DONATE TODAY


The 200K Spring Challenge!

every dollar pledged will be matched by a generous donor

MICHELLE ALEXANDER

EDDIE CONWAY

CORNEL WEST

Protest Calls on Supreme Court to Strike Down Arizona Immigration Law


Court Hears Oral Arguments in SB1070 Case “United States v. Arizona” -   October 3, 14
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here

Audio

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter



I support The Real News Network because it is news - David Pear
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN

Transcript

Protest Calls on Supreme Court to Strike Down Arizona Immigration LawVOICEOVER: On Wednesday April 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the oral arguments for the landmark United States Vs. Arizona case, which will determine the fate of Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1070. Outside, hundreds of people attended a rally asserting their opposition to the bill, with a sizeable group of supporters also holding a demonstration in front of the nation’s highest court. The case focuses on 4 of the bill’s provisions, with the Federal government arguing that Arizona has attempted to unconstitutionally supersede federal authority over immigration policy. Phoenix Attorney Danny Ortega explains how the justices’ decision will set an important precedent for state immigration policy.

DANNY ORTEGA, ATTORNEY, PHOENIX, AZ: From a legal front the Supreme Court’s certainly going to have a lot to say about what rights states have to enact legislation like we did in Arizona, SB1070 has aimed at obligating local police officers to enforce federal immigration law and that’s what the court has to decide, can they do that?

VOICEOVER: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB1070 into law into 2 years ago, but the federal government blocked most of its provisions several months later right before it was to go into effect. Governor Brewer and other Arizona supporters of SB1070 like Cochise County Sherriff Larry Dever have argued that border states like Arizona must take immigration matters into their own hands because the Federal government has failed to do enough to curb unauthorized immigration.

LARRY DEVER, SHERRIFF, COCHISE COUNTY, AZ: We actually started this argument with taking the federal government to task over their failure to enforce the laws thoroughly at the border to protect our country at that level, and over the years more assets have been thrown into that, Congress has paid some attention, it’s just not enough or not quickly enough and because it’s language was so far we now have an internal thereat of an illegal population, people that should not live here, many of them who are very, very bad people.

VOICEOVER: While the right has been playing the politics of fear in order to advance hard-line legislation like SB1070, many Hispanic communities in Arizona feel they are being discriminated against and unfairly forced to live in a state of fear. Community organizer Pedro Lopez was born in California, but spent most of his life growing up in Mexico before moving to Arizona. He drove to Washington, DC from Phoenix to participate in the rally and host a 48-hour vigil.

PEDRO LOPEZ, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, PHOENIX, AZ: I came to Arizona for the first time from Mexico in 2006, our community was a little afraid our community has been racially profiled by Arpaio and all the ICE agents around the state but as soon as SB1070 hit it was chaos our parents were afraid to take our kids to school afraid to go to church they make even our kids are afraid of the police because they think their parents are going to get deported.

VOICEOVER: Critics of SB1070 say that it leads to racial profiling, while supporters contend that the law includes language that explicitly prohibits racial profiling. Although racial profiling has been at the center of the SB1070 controversy, the federal government declined to incorporate the issue into its arguments against the law, instead focusing on issues of immigration enforcement jurisdiction. Kat Rodriguez is the program director of the Tucson-based Derechos Humanos coalition, which engages in grassroots campaigns against law enforcement discrimination and border militarization in Arizona. She explains how the Supreme Court decision could have far reaching implications across the country as a number of other states have been passing similar “copy cat” laws.

KATHRYN RODRIGUEZ, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, DERECHOS HUMANOS, AZ: The truth is that there are a lot of people in right wing think tanks sitting poised waiting to see what the results of this decision will be, Arizona as we’ve known for a long time is a test laboratory it is a stepping place where they create this legislation and establish a precedent and replicate it in other states we’ve seen this happen with sb1070 with prop 200 with various things that have come through Arizona in the past years and have been generated there are connections throughout the country with the same sort of players writing the script and framing all of this.

VOICEOVER: Justice Elena Kagan will be sitting out on the case due to previous involvement during her time as solicitor general, leaving an 8-justice court. Their decision is expected to be handed down in June, with people on both sides of the immigration debate watching with anticipation.


Comments

Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

Comments


Latest Stories


FIFA Head Reelected Despite Unprecedented Corruption Scandal
India's Heat Wave Fueled by Western & Indian Energy Policies
Greece in Suspended Animation
Vietnam Blood Bath to Prove America Had "Balls" - Christian Appy on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)
A Defining Moment for The Real News
Sex Work is Work
Interpreting the World at the 2015 Left Forum
ISIS Gains Strategic Ground in Iraq and Syria
Town Hall at Freddie Gray's Gilmor Homes
The Reoccurring Financial Woes of Greece
The Clinton Foundation Received Millions From State-Brokered Defense Contracts
Cleveland-DOJ Deal Won't Stop Brutality, Says Local Activist
Manifestations of Apartheid Israel
As Violence Spikes in Baltimore, Former Investigator Says Police Aren't the Answer
"America Does Bad Things for Good Reasons" - Christian Appy on RAI (2/5)
Fast Track for Whom?
30 Years Later: The Bombing Of MOVE Part 2
"America Does Bad Things for Good Reasons": the Vietnam War and American Exceptionalism - Christian Appy on RAI (1/5)
TRNN DEBATE: Should Bernie Sanders Run as an Independent?
The Cost of War and Lost Job Opportunities
Not a Single House Has Been Rebuilt One Year After Israeli War on Gaza
Advocates Say Black Women Left Out of Freddie Gray Conversation
Assad Has Lost Over Fifty Percent of Syria to ISIS
Portland, Oregon Mayor Charlie Hales Does the Right Thing
30 Years Later: The Bombing Of MOVE Part 1
Kayaktivists Protest Shell's Arctic Rig in Seattle
Default Looms in Greece
The Global African: The State of Black Workers & Violence in Burundi
TRNN Replay: 44 Years in Prison, Still a Revolutionary - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (1/10)
Grand Jury Indicts 6 Officers in Death of Freddie Gray

RealNewsNetwork.com, Real News Network, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of IWT.TV inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Linux VPS Hosting by Star Dot Hosting