We are relieved that on Monday the Supreme Court blocked some provisions of SB1070, Arizona's extreme anti-immigrant law, but we're deeply concerned about the part of the law that has been upheld: Section 2B, which requires law enforcement agents to check the immigration status of anyone they stop for any minor infraction. Section 2B will lead to widespread racial profiling and will be an enormous setback for the rights of women, families and children.
Our organizations are the co-conveners of an initiative called We Belong Together, which brings together women and youth from all walks of life to call for policies that protect families and communities. We Belong Together has led Women's Human Rights Delegations to the states that have enacted the most draconian anti-immigrant laws: Arizona, Alabama and Georgia. In all of these states, we have heard from immigrant women whose human rights have been violated, yet who are courageously raising their voices for a society that ensures justice and dignity for all.
Wherever we have traveled, we have seen that laws like SB1070 enable local law enforcement to engage in racial profiling. We have heard about roadside checkpoints in Latino communities. We've heard of Latino drivers being repeatedly pulled over for minor or invented violations. We've heard of neighborhoods where residents are stopped almost daily by police who have targeted them. In Arizona, Alabama and Georgia, anti-immigrant laws are legitimizing racial profiling. This profiling is tearing families apart and is violating women's and children's most basic rights.
Racial profiling has a widespread chilling effect, and women and children are the most deeply impacted by these policies. Yet women are also the leading voices for change. As women from all walks of life, it's up to all of us to demand an end to laws like SB1070, and to ensure that our society will uphold the values of inclusion, equal protection, and family.
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