Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Statement of Councilmember Richard Fimbres on Supreme Court Ruling on S.B. 1070

"On Monday, June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down three key provisions of S.B. 1070 as unconstitutional.  I have concerns with this Supreme Court rendered decision.

"The City of Tucson was the first city to file a legal challenge to this discriminatory law and was vindicated by the ruling on Monday.

"I am concerned though that the Court, for the time being, kept the second section requiring state law enforcement to demand immigration papers from anyone stopped, detained or arrested in the state who officers reasonably suspect is in the country without authorization.

"In our state, people especially those of Hispanic descent, will now be subject to potential harassment and detention while this law works its way through the courts once again. I was disappointed that the Supreme Court did not strike down this provision of S.B. 1070.

"The Tucson Mayor and Council will review the pending court cases to see about the viability of joining a pending lawsuit going through the system.

"Our City has also promoted its diversity and our community must now come together and not act in haste."