MIRAc/BAM!: Bolton ruling on SB1070 is a “wonderful first step” but just the beginning, Thursday protest in St. Paul demanding justice in Arizona goes forward
(Wednesday July 28, 2010) Minneapolis—Following the ruling by U.S, District Judge Susan Bolton that has temporarily blocked the implementation of four key sections of S.B. 1070, pending additional judicial review, the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc) and the Boycott Arizona-MN (BAM!) campaign issued the following statement:
“Our planned rally 6:00 p.m. tomorrow night at the Minnesota state capitol will go on as planned. The ruling is a wonderful first step, but it doesn’t go far enough. SB1070 needs to be fully repealed, not just have a few parts of it temporarily delayed. We are united in opposing this law—and copycat bills introduced elsewhere like Minnesota’s HF3830—that impose a new system of Jim Crow-like laws. We agree with this section of Judge Bolton’s opinion :
“There is a substantial likelihood that officers will wrongfully arrest legal resident aliens under the new (law),” Bolton ruled. “By enforcing this statute, Arizona would impose a ‘distinct, unusual and extraordinary’ burden on legal resident aliens that only the federal government has the authority to impose.”
It’s good that the ruling temporarily stops some of the worst parts of SB1070. But there’s a much larger problem. We will continue our fight on the national level for legalization for all and for a stop to raids and deportations that are tearing apart families daily. Moreover, we seek a repeal of NAFTA and other similar corporate trade agreements that have devastated economies in both the U.S., by sending jobs overseas, and in Mexico and throughout Latin America, forcing massive numbers of people to migrate to the U.S. to provide for themselves and their families.