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Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 6-28-10
Several civil organizations are planning a march on July 17th in support of undocumented people in the USA and to support Mexican authorities who have come out against Arizona’s SB-1070.
This mobilization was called by the leader of a group called Sexual Diversity in Michoacán, Gerardo Herrera Perez, who wants to show support for the undocumented immigrants who have suffered suppression and violations of their human rights by the xenophobic actions and discriminatory practices caused by Arizona’s SB-1070.
In a like manner, Herrera would like to throw support behind the diplomatic efforts of local and federal authorities to bring about migratory reform critical to benefit the migrants and, according to Herrera Perez, this initiative goes against American values.
The group, Sexual Diversity in Michoacán, says that the controversial SB-1070, scheduled to go into full force on July 29th, criminalizes the presence of undocumented immigrants and turns local police into immigration agents. The Sexual Diversity in Michoacán Group is structuring itself into a civil organization supporting its nationals abroad and to support Mexican authorities who are making diplomatic efforts to overturn SB-1070.
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The North American Supreme Court to review Arizona Law
On Monday the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to enter the national debate concerning immigrants without papers and agreed to consider an injunction requested by a group of businessmen and civil rights organizations who are against an Arizona law that punishes businessmen who employ undocumented people.
The Justices agreed to hear an appeal by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups that had failed in lower courts that had reviewed the Arizona law.
The legislation required businesses to verify the employment eligibility of potential employees with a federal data bank called E-Verify. The law also allows sanctions against companies that knowingly hire the undocumented.
The then Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, signed the law in 2007. Napolitano is now the current Secretary of Homeland Security.
This law is different from the one recently approved in Arizona that promotes the removal of undocumented people from Arizona which is considered by many to be unconstitutional.
In this case to be reviewed by the High Court, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the ACLU charge that the State of Arizona and other states that have enacted similar laws have overstepped their authority. They (The U.S. Chamber and the ACLU) contend that only the U.S. Congress may legislate immigration matters.
President Barack Obama has taken the side of the petitioners – that immigration matters cannot be addressed at the state level.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, located in San Francisco, has held the Arizona law to be constitutional.
The Federal E-Verify System was created in 1996 but was meant to be voluntary.
This matter will be presented before the Supreme Court session beginning in October of this year. The case is identified as Chamber of Commerce vs. Candelaria, 095
Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 6-28-10
White House plans to “Wreak” SB-1070
This week the White house will directly confront SB-1070 by asking the Federal Court to block the enforcement of the Arizona law.
The Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, is prepared for the confrontation with the Federal Government, by establishing a fund that has collected $123,000 in donations to defend the new law.
Spokesmen for the White House appeared before the ABC Television Network on Sunday and said that they expect to ask the court for an injunction within the next few days. Different White House sources in the past few days have indicated that an injunction will be requested but declined to give a time frame.
In taking a stand against the Arizona law, the Obama Administration seeks to establish a political and legal position that immigration law is strictly a federal function. Obama has characterized the Arizona as “not well thought out” and that criminal action against illegal immigrants is not a solution to the dysfunctional immigration system of the country.
Until now the Obama Administration has not revealed the basis of its arguments from the Department of Justice concerning the controversial law that makes criminals out of the undocumented under state law.
The invocation of SB-1070 is unconstitutional and should be the sole authority of the Federal Government to apply immigration laws and to require local authorities to question persons about their immigration status. Beside that, the federal government considers the law to be racial profiling against legal residents of the state of Arizona.
Since its passage last 23rd of April, SB-1070 has prompted six civil rights organizations to file cases before the federal court in Arizona.
Governor Jan Brewer has hired lawyer John Bouma, Director of the Phoenix legal firm Snell and Wilmer, to represent Arizona in the defense of the law. Bouma has asked the court to throw out some of the cases, but as of now, none of the arguments for or against have been heard by the court.
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