Judge’s ruling on Arizona’s SB 1070 is a call to action
Yesterday an Arizona judge placed an injunction on parts of Arizona’s racist immigration law, a move that temporarily blocked some of the most oppressive components of SB 1070. This is a clear victory for love, and a welcome outcome. As a result of the ruling, Arizona law enforcement will not enforce several of the worst parts of the law.
However, some parts of Arizona’s SB 1070 are still going into effect. Starting today, it is now a misdemeanor crime to knowingly transport or hire an undocumented individual in Arizona. Can you imagine a U.S. citizen being arrested for taking her undocumented mother to the hospital?
Sherriff Joe Arpaio and other law enforcement are still empowered by agreements with the federal government to “enforce” immigration law and deputize people. One Arizona Sherriff has even recruited for deputies on “pro-white” radio stations. As Sheriff Arpaio stated, the ruling will not stop his home raids and workplace sweeps, raids and sweeps that separate children from their parents and tear communities apart.
It is important that we continue to stand with people of color and make sure that anti-family and anti-love laws like SB 1070 are not implemented in other states.
Yesterday, Standing on the Side of Love participated in an action at a local establishment to demand that management pay the Mexican workers whose wages they have withheld for weeks. You can watch video from the action here. Today, SSL is taking part in the National Day of Non-Compliance with SB 1070. You can follow our updates on Twitter and Facebook.
Almost 200 Standing on the Side of Love supporters from across the country are on the ground in Phoenix today, and more than 20 UU clergy have been arrested including UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray in solidarity with people of color against SB 1070 and a broken immigration system.
Can you join us in action?
While several of the worst components of the SB 1070 bill were temporarily stopped by Judge Bolton’s injunction yesterday, the broken immigration system that precipitated SB 1070 remains in place and will continue to break up families and instill fear in immigrant communities.
It will take all of us standing on the side of love with immigrant families to overcome the injustice of the immigration system to make sure that families do not continue to be torn apart. It will be a long battle, but working together, we can overcome oppression to achieve fair and just comprehensive immigration reform.
Standing on the Side of Love
P.S. Dozens of communities across the country are hosting prayer vigils and similar actions today and this weekend to stand in solidarity with immigrant families as part of the National Weekend of Prayer and Action for Immigrant Justice.
You can still join a vigil near you: