"It should be readily apparent that there is a serious disconnect
between the public debate over Arizona's SB 1070, as well as similar
state immigration enforcement laws, and the legal arguments in the
Court. This is not entirely surprising. Indeed, I predicted this outcome even before the Court granted certiorari in the case. Despite the Court's focus on federal versus state power in the realm
of immigration, serious civil rights concerns lurk in the background of
the legal arguments in Arizona v. United States. Namely,
Latinos and immigrants fear that SB 1070's mandate that state and local
police check the immigration status of persons whom they "reasonably
suspect" are undocumented, will result in racial profiling at levels
never before seen. Those familiar with the civil rights record of
Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who according to news
reports may soon be indicted for criminal civil rights violations, know
that this fear is real." - Kevin Johnson, Apr. 29, 2012.
Johnson is Dean of the University of California Davis School of Law and
Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies.