SB 1070 has been a controversial bill to say the least. Arizona gained national attention for the new measures passed by this legislation. Many say that SB 1070 is a form of legalized racial profiling. Despite a lot of controversy, this bill was passed but that does not mean that opponents to the bill are not still struggling to get it repealed.
PHOENIX – A judge dismissed the final challenge to Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law. But, opponents aren’t backing down.
Activists with Somos Independents say they want new state legislation that requires law enforcement to document the race of everyone they stop, regardless of whether a citation is issued.
On Friday, a U.S. District Court Judge upheld SB 1070’s requirement that police can question the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally.
She said opponents did not produce any evidence that Arizona Officers and Deputies enforce SB 1070 differently for Latinos compared to people of other race or ethnicities. But, activists say a database of traffic stops will prove racial profiling is a problem in our state.
“It will expose patterns of law enforcement officers that we are concerned about, that have a history of complaints against them and it should curb racial profiling,” says DeeDee Garcia Blase with Somos Independents.
Blase says their organization is working with State Senator Catherine Miranda, who’s currently drafting the legislation.