by Carlos Vargas | June 26, 2012
Phoenix, AZ – On Monday June 25th, the United States Supreme Court upheld SB1070, Arizona’s “papers please” law, a central provision allowing police to check the legal status of those stopped, mostly Latinos, on suspicion of unrelated offenses.
Throughout the GOP primaries, Mitt Romney called SB1070 a “model” for the nation. Mitt Romney showed his dissatisfaction with Court’s decision to overrule other key provisions saying he “would have preferred to see the Supreme Court give more latitude to the states, not less”. After over a week of refusing to say whether or not he’d repeal the Obama administration’s new immigration directive, the Latino community is taking his silence as a clear opposition to the new policy. In the end, Mitt Romney has an alarming record on immigration: vetoing in-state tuition for undocumented students in his own state, promising to veto the federal DREAM Act, and supporting SB1070.
With the Court’s ruling, his far right positions on immigration and his connections with anti-immigrant friends like Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Governor Jan Brewer will be highlighted once again. Latinos will see that Romney and friends are the wrong model for the nation.
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