July 18, 2012

Coalition Seeks to Block 2(B) of SB1070

Recently the Supreme Court overruled section 3, 5(C), and 6 of SB1070, while upholding section 2(B), also known as the “papers-please” portion of SB1070.  Section 2(B) essentially instructs state officers to determine an individual’s immigration status when that person is stopped, detained, or arrested if there is suspicion of that individual being an undocumented immigrant.  Although 2(B) claims that Arizona officers “may not solely consider race, color or national origin”, it seems nearly impossible to avoid considering race, color, or national origin while try to uphold section 2(B).  

A combination of civil rights groups, religious leaders, and business organizations filed a request asking U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to block the enforcement of 2(B).  The coalition argues that “papers please” will disproportionately affect Latinos in Arizona.  

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