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This week, all eyes will once again be on SB 1070. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the Arizona law and will soon decide whether to strike it down forever, or open the door to Arizona laws across the country.
Exactly two years ago today, Governor Jan Brewer signed Arizona’s now-infamous “show me your papers” anti-immigrant legislation — SB 1070 — into law.
SB 1070 is an attempt to purge the state of Latino immigrants. Fortunately, most parts of the law have been blocked by lower courts. Nonetheless, other states, like Alabama, followed suit crafting laws that go even further. Now it’s up to the Supreme Court to decide whether or not to legalize discrimination and harassment.
It’s hard to overstate the magnitude of this moment for the civil and human rights of immigrants in America as well as of millions of Latinos, Asians, and other minorities. And, yet, many of our friends and relatives don’t know this case is happening, let alone how widespread its impact will be.
We need to make sure the Court, the media, and our members of Congress know what’s at stake with this Supreme Court decision. We’re asking people to join our SB 1070 Rapid Response Team:
If the Court sides with Arizona, it will be nothing short of devastating. It would clear a path for Arizona to start enforcing the worst aspects of its law, and for states across the country to pass their own Arizona and Alabama copycat laws. It would legalize racial profiling in order to pursue an ugly strategy of mass expulsion.
We fought back in Arizona. We’re still fighting back in Alabama. But the future of these bills — and all copycat bills in the future — will be decided by the Supreme Court. And the oral argument will be heard Wednesday, April 25th.
On Wednesday, we need to be prepared to spread the truth about the dangers of laws like SB 1070 and HB 56. Help us get the word out on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Click here to join our social media rapid response team: