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Grijalva Will Host Press Conference at U.S. Capitol March 27 to Unveil SB 1070 Lawsuit Amicus Brief Cosigned by 67 Congressional Colleagues

Written by  Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva will host a press conference on Tuesday, March 27, to unveil a “friend of the court” brief in the Supreme Court’s Arizona v. United States case, which will decide the constitutionality of Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 law. The amicus curiae brief, co-signed by 67 of Rep. Grijalva’s House colleagues, argues that the law is unconstitutional because, as courts have held consistently, federal immigration law pre-empts any state-level standards.

On April 11, 2011, the Ninth Circuit upheld a temporary injunction against four provisions of SB 1070 entered by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton. The Ninth Circuit’s ruling continued to block enforcement of provisions that:

  • require officers to make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if they possess “reasonable suspicion” that the person is unlawfully present in the United States, and require the verification of the immigration status of any person arrested prior to releasing that person (Section 2(B));
  • criminalize noncitizens’ failure to apply for or carry alien registration papers (Section 3);
  • bar unauthorized aliens from soliciting, applying for, or performing work (Section 5(C); and
  • authorize the warrantless arrest of noncitizens where there is probable cause to believe the person has committed a public offense that makes the person removable from the United States (Section 6).

Grijalva and his colleagues will file the amicus brief with the Supreme Court on March 26. The brief will argue, consistent with decades of legal precedent, that SB 1070 undermines the Constitutional requirement for a uniform national immigration law.

If You Go

Who: Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, Rep. Ed Pastor (D-Ariz.), other Members of Congress

When: 12:00 p.m. on March 27

Where: House Visitor Center Room 215 (Gabriel Zimmerman Room)

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