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Supreme Court ruling on immigration underscores need for comprehensive reform
Good news and bad news today from the Supreme Court. Their ruling on the Arizona SB1070 immigration law upheld the most controversial and troubling provision in the immigration law – the “show me your papers” provision. This provision gives police the right to demand papers providing citizenship or immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. In Seattle our internal police policies prohibit inquiries about immigration status, but for immigrants and refugees all over the nation, this is a serious issue. This policy, upheld by the Supreme Court, discourages people without legal immigration status from contacting police. This issue comes up frequently in domestic violence cases, for example.
The court did strike down several other troubling provisions in the law, such as one that would require all immigrants to carry immigration registration papers, allow police to arrest anyone they suspected of being an undocumented immigrant without a warrant, and make it a criminal offense for undocumented migrants to look for or hold a job.
Like President Obama, I am pleased that the Court struck down these provisions, but this decision only underscores our nation’s need for comprehensive immigration reform, rather than a patchwork of conflicting state laws. I will continue to work with our community to call on Congress to act on immigration reform, and I hope that you’ll join me in doing so.
Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn