(ANAHEIM, CA, 7/28/10) -- Today in Phoenix, a federal district court blocked from implementation several key provisions of the problematic racial profiling law, SB 1070, that is scheduled to go into effect on Thursday, July 29th.
Judge Susan Bolton granted a preliminary injunction that prevents police from questioning people about their immigration status. The preliminary injunction will remain in place pending a final court ruling on SB 1070's constitutionality.
The ruling came in response to a motion filed by the U.S. Department of Justice to challenge the constitutionality of SB 1070.In addition to preventing police officers from questioning individuals based on a "reasonable suspicion" of undocumented status, Judge Bolton's preliminary injunction will also block provisions of the law which:
1. Make it a crime to fail to apply for or to carry alien registration papers
2. Make it a crime for alleged undocumented immigrants to seek work
3. Authorize the warrantless arrest of individuals believed to be subject to deportation
4. Authorize the mandatory detention of individuals, even for minor traffic offenses that would normally result in a ticket, if they cannot verify authorization to be in the U.S.
CAIR-CA welcomes Judge Bolton's ruling as a highly significant and critical first step in the fight against racial profiling and anti-immigrant hysteria. This decision sends a message to other states that reactionary and unconstitutional laws which target communities of color will not go unchallenged.
Despite this temporary victory, the struggle for a more permanent and widespread solution continues.
Tomorrow, CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area Executive Director Hussam Ayloush will join interfaith and civil rights leaders in Phoenix to continue the call for reform. Activists will gather in Phoenix tomorrow morning to call for a complete end to SB 1070 and similar legislation in other states and urge immediate action from Congress to pass critically needed comprehensive immigration reform.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-LA Government Relations Coordinator Ilham Elkoustaf, 714-776-1847, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org