Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Arizona’s SB1070 in United States vs. Arizona. SB1070 is a wildly anti-immigrant legislation that has sparked a frightening national trend as several state lawmakers consider similar anti-immigrant legislation.
The decision made by the Supreme Court will determine if the United States has one national immigration policy or 50.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB1070 in April 2010 in a flurry of controversy and public outcry. It has encouraged racial profiling, created fear and confusion across a general population unclear on how the law is enforced. SB1070 tears apart families and communities and pushes an already exploited class of workers farther out onto the margins of society and into hiding.
This is a new Jim Crow law.
Almost immediately after the law was signed, Arizona Interfaith Alliance for Worker Justice, reported a sharp increase in the number of wage theft cases—a direct result of employers using SB1070 as a shield to stop paying employees for their work. Employers believed most employees would be too frightened to defend themselves. In an already struggling economy, this type escalation in exploitation on the part of employers has lead to a further disenfranchisement of all workers in Arizona.
Today until May 1, across the state of Arizona and the rest of the country, thousands are gathering in protest of SB1070 and all other anti-immigrant legislation. As a movement of workers and people of faith in a global society, we must stand together and demonstrate that we are paying attention and will use our power to defend our rights as workers, families and communities. All religions believe workers deserve to live and work with dignity!
Contact Joe Hopkins for more information about actions in your area.