ACLU Sees Good, Room For Work In Immigration Ruling

By: Posted by Melissa Brunner
By: Posted by Melissa Brunner

(WIBW) - Members of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Central Missouri said they were pleased with Monday's Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona immigration law, but hope the courts strike down the fourth provision as well.

In a news release, the ACLU stated the "show me your papers" provision still leads to racial profiling and unfair detention of citizens and immigrants. The group says it is impossible to enforce laws like this without using race, ethnicity, or color.

But Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped author the legislation, says the law is clear that racial profiling is illegal.

Reactions from ACLU officials:
Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director, condemned the ruling.
“By reinstating the “show me your papers” for now, the Court has left the door open to racial profiling and illegal detentions in Arizona. The ACLU has amassed an $8.77 million war chest to fight those battles in court and to counter any and every anti-immigrant copycat measure in other states. The xenophobic virus in Arizona must be contained before it spreads to other states. These laws will devastate local economies, undermine law enforcement and pit neighbor against neighbor. It’s a toxic combination that threatens basic American values.”

Cecillia Wang, director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, said the decision sets a dangerous precedent.
“Today’s opinion leaves communities in Arizona in jeopardy by reinstating the “show me your papers” provision for now. In leaving the serious constitutional problems to be resolved in future litigation, the Court fails to recognize how Arizona’s law will damage our constitutional rights as soon as it goes into effect. But the Court also delivered a sharp rebuke to Arizona by striking down three out of four provisions. Today’s decision is not the end of the story. We will ultimately win this battle in the courts and in the arena of public opinion, because there is nothing good about these laws – they’re discriminatory, they waste taxpayer money, and they wreck our economy.”

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