Immigrant rights advocates in Arizona won a huge victory today after the Supreme Court rejected the state’s continued attempt to deny bail to undocumented immigrants.
“In a brief order, the majority of the justices rejected a last-minute bid by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to give him a chance to salvage the 2006 voter-approved measure.”
Arizona voters approved Proposition 100 — handcrafted by former State Senator Russell Pearce, chief architect of the notorious, anti-immigrant SB1070 — in 2006, which denied bail to people suspected of being undocumented immigrants.
“Last year, however, a majority of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law unconstitutional,” said the Arizona Daily Star.
“Today’s order from the Supreme Court lets our victory over Proposition 100 stand. Arizona officials who tried to strip people of a bail hearing and the presumption of innocence have reached the end of the road. Laws that are driven by fear-mongering rather than facts are bad policy and violate everyone’s civil liberties.”
Today’s decision from the Supreme Court is just the latest in a string of victories for immigrants in Arizona this year.
Last month, the Arizona Board of Regents unanimously voted to grant DACA recipients in-state tuition at Arizona’s public universities. Just a few days beforehand, a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge had ruled that DACA recipients were eligible to pay in-state tuition at Maricopa County community colleges.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a key figure in Arizona’s anti-immigrant fights, is facing civil contempt charges in a searing trial that has made national headlines. Notably, Arpaio confessed to using his lawyer to hire a private detective to investigate the wife of the judge presiding over his case.