SB 1070 Opponents Look for Another Challenge

Jul 2, 2012

Last week's Supreme Court ruling on the state's immigration law now has other foes trying to figure their next move.

The justices said the state can require police to check the immigration status of those they have stopped if there is reason to believe they are in this country illegally. That essentially directs Judge Susan Bolton, who issued the original injunction two years ago, to dissolve it. But there are other legal challenges to the law besides the one brought by the Obama administration. Alessandra Soler of the state ACLU said there is enough evidence of discrimination in 2010, before SB 1070 even took effect, to ask Bolton to issue a new injunction.

"We provided them with the plaintiffs who either had been asked for proof of citizenship and had been stopped a couple of times in April, or examples of people who would be harmed if the law went into effect," Soler said.

Victor Viramones of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund said last week's ruling did not automatically make all stops legal. He said the justices left many questions, such as how long someone could be held while determining legal status before the detention became illegal.

"How are you going to send an army of police officers across the state of Arizona when there's no clear direction on what it allows and what it means?" Viramones asked.  "That in and of itself would require an injunction in federal district court."