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August 3, 2010 > Supervisor applauds AZ court decision

Supervisor applauds AZ court decision

Submitted By Steve Blomquist

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese issued the following statement on July 28 after Federal Judge Susan Bolton issued a Preliminary Injunction in the case of "United States v. State of Arizona" blocking much of Arizona's SB 1070 from going into effect on July 29. The overall law took effect on Thursday but without the provisions that angered opponents, including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

"I'm pleased to see reason and justice has been restored in a Federal courthouse in Arizona," said Supervisor Cortese. "After traveling to Arizona last month, it became very clear to me that SB 1070 is a flawed piece of legislation which was already causing mass confusion, hardship and grief, not to mention an exodus of hard working Arizonians many of whom were leaving out of fear not because of any violation of law. The current immigration system is flawed; however SB 1070 is not the answer. These controversial provisions would have led to rampant cases of racial profiling and would have created the mentality of being guilty until proven innocent. This is further proof of the need for comprehensive immigration reform."

Santa Clara County has publicly stated its opposition to Arizona's SB 1070 by filing an "amicus curiae" brief to block enforcement of the State of Arizona's new anti-immigrant law. The brief argued the law's requirement that local law enforcement agencies enforce federal civil immigration law will harm public safety by imposing unworkable standards that require local law enforcement officials to violate the constitutional rights of individuals with whom they come into contact and undermine trust between local law enforcement agencies and immigrant communities, making it more difficult for local agencies to investigate and prosecute crimes.

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