On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down three provisions of Arizona’s controversial “show me your papers” law, S.B. 1070, but reinstated the most controversial provision requiring Arizona police officers to demand the immigration papers of anyone they stop, arrest, or detain and suspect are here illegally. Human rights groups are worried that the Court’s decision allowing this key provision to stand will lead to rampant racial profiling. PUENTE leader and Soros Justice Fellow Carlos Garcia explains why in this interview with an Arizona news station.
But the story for Arizona’s and other copycat laws around the country hasn’t come to a close with this ruling. Civil rights groups vow to continue fight against laws like SB on constitutional grounds unaffected by the Supreme Court’s ruling. In the meantime, the ACLU created this short video (above) about our fundamental rights when stopped by the police in Arizona and anywhere in the U.S.
So what exactly did the Court rule? The ACLU’s breaks it down for us in plain English and clear graphics.