Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court issued a ruling on S.B. 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law:
"Today, the Supreme Court struck down key provisions of Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070, on the grounds that they undermined the federal government's role in immigration enforcement. Still, the Court made a grave error by failing to strike the provision that allows law enforcement to discriminate based on appearance and accent. By allowing the controversial "papers please' provision to stand, I fear the floodgates have been opened for legally-sanctioned racial profiling. The Supreme Court will soon learn what we all already know: in practice, this provision is an assault on communities where people look and dress a certain way and it is a violation of our most basic civil rights. I will continue to fight for common-sense immigration reform, and oppose Republican efforts to kill the American Dream. The United States is at her best when we are committed to ensuring that all are treated fairly."