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A Wide Coalition Of Groups Will March Through Downtown In Opposition To SB 1070 As Supreme Court Begins To Hear Arguments


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 25, 2012 — A crowd that might exceed 1,000 is anticipated to gather at 2:30 p.m. today at the Civic Space Park where they will begin a march through downtown Phoenix to express their discontent over SB 1070 as the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments over whether or not to lift a federal court’s injunction that halted most of the provisions of the law in Washington, D.C.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Puente Arizona, The American Dream Act Coalition, Occupy Phoenix and approximately 20 other groups have all helped to organize and promote the rally and march. The march is expected to begin at 3 p.m. and is expected to travel from Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., to Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices at 2020 N. Central Ave., which is just north of McDowell Road.

Along the way, march organizers have planned stops at Phoenix Police headquarters at 620 W. Washington St., the U.S. courthouse at 401 W. Washington St., Fourth Ave. jail at 201 S. Fourth Ave., and the offices of Sheriff Joe Arpaio at 100 W. Washington St.

“With SB 1070, Arizona declared a war of attrition on immigrants. What started in Arizona quickly led to the Arizonification of this country, with hate and racial profiling being legalized in many states,” said Carlos Garcia, Puente leader, “The human rights crisis that has been ripping families and communities apart will only continue if the Supreme Court upholds SB 1070.”

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Although Arizona was the first state to pass a law that required police officers to ask for proof of citizenship if they believed a suspect to be in the country illegally, five states have since passed similar laws. The laws that Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah have passed since 2010 will also either be vindicated or ruled unconstitutional as a result of the court’s ruling on SB 1070. The Supreme Court will not unveil their ruling until sometime this summer at the earliest.

Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU, said Americans opposed to immigration should also be opposed to SB 1070 because of the dangers that a “paper carrying” society will have on all of our rights.

“Arizonans are not the only ones at risk. Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah have passed similar laws. Make no mistake — these laws are already having a devastating impact and are harming not only innocent people but state economies as well,” Romero said via e-mail. “If the courts allow them to go forward, everyone in these states — including U.S. citizens — will always need to carry identity papers to guard against police intrusions. Many U.S. citizens don't even own U.S. passports or birth certificates, let alone carry them everywhere. The simple act of running out to the grocery store or picking up a child from school could turn into a roadside detention or even a trip to jail. This is wrong and deeply troubling.”

In Tucson, Coalicion de Derechos Humanos is spearheading a march that will begin at the Tucson State Building, 400 W. Congress.

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In Washington D.C., two Arizonans will appear on the steps of the Supreme Court building to explain how they were negatively impacted by SB 1070. Arizonans appearing include Jim Shee and Dulce Matuz, who was recently selected as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People 2012.
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