NAACP Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Key Provision of Immigration Law

The NAACP released the following statement on today’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold one key provision of Arizona’s SB 1070 Immigration law

“Despite the mixed ruling, this remains a very problematic decision. By upholding the ‘show me your papers’ provision of the Arizona Law, this court is in essence permitting and encouraging the discriminatory and denigrating practice of racial profiling by law enforcement officials,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Make no mistake, the notion that states may racially profile, harass and detain approximately 11 million hard-working undocumented immigrants and others that simply meet the physical profile is founded on a profoundly backward interpretation of equality and civil rights.”

“In Arizona, the NAACP and other civil rights groups will continue to work arm in arm with immigrants’ rights, labor, religious and community groups to respond to this outrageous outcome, and make sure that similar racial profiling measures do not prevail in other states,” said Jealous, concluding “We remain one nation, under God, and the NAACP is committed to making sure that our nation’s founding values are upheld.”

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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