The Supreme Court recently made a decision in Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070. The Court struck down most of the law. But the Court did not stop Arizona from moving forward with the part of the law that requires police to demand papers from people they stop. However, this piece of the law is NOT in effect right now.
But no matter where you live or whether the law is in effect, you have certain Constitutional rights if you are stopped by police – even if you don’t have papers. Watch our video to learn more about your rights.
If you think you were treated unfairly by the police, write down everything that happened. If police asked to see your papers, try to remember how long you were stopped for. The Supreme Court said that police cannot keep you for a long time just to check your immigration status. For people in Arizona: if a police officer delayed your release while he or she checked your status or if you believe you were asked about your immigration status based on your race, ethnicity, or ability to speak English, let us know by calling 855-737-7386.