In the case of yesterday's injunction against SB-1070, Arizona's highly conflictive racial profiling law, the letter of the law was, at best, partially and temporarily halted, not defeated. Its spirit lives on in Arizona and throughout the country.
As a threatening hurricane that weakens before reaching its path of destruction, the potential crackdown effects of Arizona immigration law SB 1070 were at least temporarily diluted by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton.
Following the news that a federal judge has struck down the worst parts of Arizona's immigration law, there is a sense of vindication and relief on the part of many who have been working for justice in regard to immigration issues.
Let's get right to the point. The Arizona immigration law is a racist piece of legislation. Senate Bill 1070 is a legal measure that's a reflection of the often blatant racism that's historically existed in this country.
It isn't just the rogue behavior of public servants that makes this incident so troubling. It is also the irrepressible undercurrent of racially-based targeting of those with Hispanic surnames as outsiders.