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Supreme Court strikes down key provisions of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law

Date: 
June 25, 2012

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WASHINGTON, June 25 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a longtime advocate for comprehensive and humane immigration reform, responded to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today striking down significant portions of SB 1070, Arizona’s anti-immigrant law. The court did, however, leave intact the racist “show me your papers” provision. The Task Force has repeatedly spoken out against the unjust law. In addition to the statement below, the Task Force signed on to a joint statement today. Read that here.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“This ruling strikes down some key provisions of a draconian law that makes people more vulnerable to abuse. SB 1070 and laws like it only serve to divide us by opening the door to racial profiling, infringement of civil rights, and harassment and violence against those seen as ‘different.’ While we are encouraged by parts of today’s decision, the path has been cleared for the most offensive portion of the law – the ‘show me your papers’ provision – to take effect. Nobody should be forced to live in constant fear of having their family torn part, of being separated from their loved ones, while simply trying to go about their daily lives.

“The bottom line is that Arizona’s anti-immigrant law is a license to discriminate. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people know all too well how easily those who are perceived to ‘look different’ or ‘act different’ can be singled out for persecution.

“This ruling spotlights the critical need for comprehensive immigration reform, and we continue to urge Congress to make it a priority. Laws that target and demonize people are not the answer; stripping people of their civil liberties and humanity is not the answer. Our political leaders must work toward reform that is fair and humane. SB 1070 was a cruel, ill-conceived idea that wasted taxpayer dollars and demeaned our country’s values of fairness and freedom.”

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