The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the most hotly disputed part of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, which requires police to determine the immigration status of someone arrested or detained when there is “reasonable suspicion” they are not in the U.S. legally. The ACLU, along with a coalition of civil rights organizations, will continue to challenge the Arizona law on other constitutional grounds.
The ACLU has amassed an 8.77 million dollar war chest to aggressively battle any state’s attempts to enact copycat legislation while also fighting the corrosive effects of existing anti-immigrant laws in Arizona and the five copycat states. Provisions similar to those considered by the Supreme Court are also in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah’s laws. Legal challenges to SB 1070 and the five copycats will continue on other constitutional grounds.
The controversial “show me your papers” provision upheld by the Supreme Court has been blocked by lower courts in Arizona and the five copycat until now. As a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling, law enforcement in Arizona can now pull someone over and demand their “papers” if they suspect them of being here unlawfully. Discriminatory laws like SB 1070 invite racial profiling of Latinos and others who may look or sound “foreign,” including many U.S. citizens who have lived in America their entire lives.
The ACLU will continue to fight—and win—against discriminatory laws that encourage racial profiling and undermine the constitutional guarantee of equal protection.
Know Your Rights: Regardless of your immigration status, everyone has fundamental rights in America. Read more here.
Know Your Rights: Supreme Court Rules on Arizona Immigration Law
Conozca Sus Derechos: SB1070 Y El Tribunal Supremo