By Pablo Reyes
SB 1070 Reaches the Supreme Court
In April, a majority of the Supreme Court justices appeared sympathetic to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s anti-immigrant bill SB 1070. The bill’s most controversial parts are Section 2, which allows police officers to arrest someone if they have “probable cause” to think a person is undocumented, and Section 5, which makes it a state crime for unlawfully present aliens to solicit or perform work.
The bill reached the Supreme Court for the justices to rule on its constitutionality. The first hearing on the case lasted an hour and 20 minutes. Although the justices appeared friendly to the bill in this first session, the court has a difficult decision to make because of the potential impact of the case on federal law. The ruling also will have an enormous political impact. The presidential race will be affected by the outcome as the Republican Party has repeatedly stated support for SB 1070 copycat laws, whereas the Obama administration has shown support for immigration reform.
The Feds Sue Arpaio
The U.S. Justice Department has sued Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for allegations of civil rights violations and racial profiling of Latinos. Randomly arresting Latinos on the streets because of their “illegal appearance” and making female inmates sleep on their own menstrual blood are just two of the accusations against Arpaio.
Arpaio faces reelection in November. Defending himself from these allegations, he stated, “If they sue, we’ll go to court. And then we’ll find out the real story.
“They’re telling me how to run my organization,” Arpaio added. “I’d like to get this resolved, but I’m not going to give up my authority to the federal government. It’s as simple as that.”
Dare to DREAM
Dare to DREAM (D2D) is a campus organization dedicated to helping AB 540 students at Fresno State. Founded in the spring of 2011 by Jovana and Nancy Lopez, D2D provides resources to undocumented students in the form of scholarships and encourages students to participate in community service activities. The group consists of AB 540 students and their allies.
Arisbeth Miranda, the current president, believes that there is a need for undocumented students to have a safe space at the Fresno State campus. “We make ourselves become a family,” she says.
D2D will be giving out scholarships to AB 540 high school students at its annual banquet. Eligible students would qualify to attend Fresno State in the next year, have a 2.5 GPA and submit three letters of recommendation and a personal statement. For more information, contact D2D at 559-355-8309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pablo Reyes is a DREAM Act advocate and a member of the Central Valley DREAM Team. Contact him at email@example.com.