Puente: Court's SB 1070 ruling allows racial profiling

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Stella Inger

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 9:09 AM

PHOENIX -- The immigrant rights group Puente Arizona is not calling the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's controversial immigration law a victory.

In fact, they are extremely disappointed that the court upheld a provision of the law allowing police officers to check a person's immigration status if he or she is suspected of committing another crime.

"It's racial profiling," Puente organizer Carlos Garcia said. "It's what we lived under Sheriff Joe Arpaio and now it's expanded to the whole state. Sheriff Arpaio has been vindicated and allowed to continue his abuse and racial profiling.

"It continues to mean Arizona is thought of as a bigot state ...." he continued.

While supporters of SB 1070 say it in no way encourages racial profiling, opponents vehemently disagree.

"This law is mean-spirited," Garcia said. "Our communities are being destroyed by it."

 

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