KAYA Statement on SB 1070
KAYA is pleased that the Supreme Court of the United States struck down most of the provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070 were found unconstitutional. However, KAYA is troubled that the most dangerous piece of the law around racial profiling was not invalidated by the Justices. which would still allow enforcement to racially profile
Today’s ruling will have implications throughout the country, as other states have modeled legislation similar to SB 1070. This discriminatory component of SB 1070 must be challenged, as immigrant communities who are largely racial and ethnic minorities will be affected.
President Obama and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have stated that this ruling is no substitute for solving our broken immigration system given the patchwork of state immigration laws and that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform.
Much of our immigrant Filipino American community immigrated to the U.S. to build a better life for themselves and their families.
The Filipino American community has long been made up of immigrants who have come to the United States to build a better life for themselves and their families. Their social, economic and cultural contributions have helped build the communities in which they live and KAYA will continue to work with our partners to ensure that racial profiling and discrimination are not part of our laws.