Californians React to
Supreme Court Immigration Ruling
June 27, 2012
The Supreme Court of the United States struck down key provisions of an
Arizona state law on immigration Monday, and both sides of the debate
have claimed a partial victory. Supporters and opponents of the Arizona
law say the issues it raises remain in place across the country.
The court ruled that three parts of SB 1070, the Arizona law aimed at
illegal aliens, were infringements by the state on federal authority
over immigration. But it kept in place a controversial provision that
requires police to check the immigration status of those they stop for
other reasons, if the police suspect they are in the country illegally.
Workers at a day labor center in Los Angeles watched the debate closely.
They are California residents, so the law does not affect them. But day
worker Saul Linas says he fears the Arizona law is part of a national
“I feel bad because it is something that is happening to my people,
Latin people," he said. "And I feel bad because this is something that
should not be happening. There should be equality for everyone, for
everyone who is here, working.”
Those who enter the country illegally are subject to deportation by
Aaron Pineda, 36, was brought to Los Angeles as an infant. He has no
immigration papers and worries about being deported to Mexico.
“Like they’re sending me to a foreign land. I don’t want to go to
Mexico," Pineda lamented. "My wife, my six kids are here. They’re all
attending school, they’re getting good grades. And it’s just messed up;
they want to send me to Mexico. I’ve got nothing in Mexico.”
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says her state's law is now in effect,
although without the provisions struck down by the Supreme Court.
court upheld the ability of the local law enforcement to assist the
federal government in immigration laws, meaning they have the authority
under reasonable suspicion to question someone who has already been
apprehended to certify whether they are, have legal status in Arizona,"
UCLA Astronomer Benjamin Zuckerman worries about the effects of
population growth on the environment and uncontrolled immigration on the
nation. He belongs to a group called Californians for Population
“With 20 million or so unemployed Americans now, many of whom are people
of color, black Americans and Hispanic Americans, either citizens or
people here legally, we really don’t want to see large numbers of people
coming into the country illegally because they’re competing with people
who are here already and who need jobs,” he said.
Both sides of the debate look to the federal government to resolve the
issue of the millions of people who are already in the United States