HIAS Welcomes the Majority of Today's Supreme Court Ruling on Arizona's SB 1070; Continues to Push Congress for Federal Immigration Reform

Posted on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

(New York, NY) – HIAS, the global migration agency of the American Jewish community, welcomes the portion of today’s Supreme Court decision in the case of Arizona v. United States that struck down three of the four challenged provisions of the Arizona law, but is very concerned that the Court upheld the provision that allows law enforcement agents to check the immigration status of people they detain.

According to Mark Hetfield, HIAS’ President and CEO (Interim), “Though we view the positive part of this ruling as another step in the advancement of immigrant rights— forwarded recently by President Obama’s executive order halting deportations of Dream Act eligible individuals—we remain extremely concerned about the potential for racial profiling as a result of today’s decision.

“HIAS once again calls upon Congress to move forward with just and humane immigration reform. HIAS will continue to seek opportunities to build relationships among law enforcement, immigrant communities, and business, community, labor, and faith leaders to get Congress to fix our broken immigration laws, reinstate the rule of law along the border, and regularize the status of the undocumented immigrants among us who want to come out of the shadows to work legally, support their families, and contribute to our communities."

Earlier this year, HIAS joined the more than 100 faith-based, community, and civil rights groups that submitted an amicus curiae brief urging the Court to strike down Arizona’s law. The organized Jewish community has condemned SB 1070 since its initial passage in April 2010. Shortly after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the bill into law, HIAS coordinated a letter to Congress that was signed by more than 65 prominent organizations and individuals in the American Jewish community, condemning the legislation and urging Congress to move forward with federal immigration reform. The letter observes that “throughout our history, members of the Jewish community have been considered strangers and outsiders in their communities, and we know too well the pain of living in fear.”

Read more about HIAS’ policy regarding state and local immigration enforcement measures, and learn more about what you can do to take part in HIAS’ immigration reform advocacy.