Jewish voices on SB 1070 ruling

National Jewish organizations that filed amicus briefs in Arizona v. United States — the lawsuit over Arziona’s SB 1070 immigration law — have issued statements on today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

• HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society):  “Though we view the positive part of this ruling as another step in the advancement of immigrant rights – forwarded recently by President Obama’s executive order halting deportations of Dream-Act eligible individuals – we remain extremely concerned about the potential for racial profiling as a result of today’s decision,” said Mark Hetfield, HIAS’ president and CEO (interim). “HIAS once again calls upon Congress to move forward with just and humane immigration reform.” Read the whole statement here.

• ADL (Anti-Defamation League):  “The good news is the Court invalidated a number of key provisions of the Arizona law, sending a message to other states that they should exercise caution in attempting to legislate new restrictions on how undocumented immigrants are treated,”  said a joint statement issued by Robert G. Sugarman, ADL’s national chair, and Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director.  “The bad news is one provision of the law, Section 2(B), was allowed to remain in place.  … We are deeply troubled that Section 2(B) was not struck down.  One of our primary concerns has been that Arizona’s law would exacerbate fear in immigrant communities and, in particular, make victims and witnesses of hate crimes reluctant to speak with police.” Read more here.

• NCJW (National Council of Jewish Women): “The court struck down the most egregious portions of Arizona’s law on the grounds that federal law preempts state law regarding immigration enforcement,” said Nancy K. Kaufman, NCJW’s CEO. “As a result, police will not be able make arrests based solely on the suspicion that a targeted person lacks immigration papers. The state may not make it a crime to apply for a job without papers or to fail to have such papers on one’s person. Unfortunately, the court let stand a provision that requires police officers to check the immigration status of anyone whom they arrest — troubling in view of the racial profiling that often results — but implied that further challenges to that part of the state’s law could be heard in the future.” Read the statement here.

• AJC (American Jewish Committee): “There is no doubt that our nation’s immigration laws must be reformed, but those reforms must come from Congress, not from states enacting piecemeal immigration enforcement legislation,” said Richard Foltin, AJC’s director of national and legislative affairs. Read more here.


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