Victory for Arizona Day Laborers: Federal District Court Enjoins Anti-Day Labor, Anti-Speech Provisions of SB 1070
Decision is Day Laborers’ Second Constitutional Victory in as Many Weeks
PHOENIX, AZ – A federal district court today enjoined provisions of SB 1070 that criminalized the solicitation of day labor work. The court found that the provisions likely violated day laborers’ First Amendment free speech right to solicit work on public streets.
“Not only is the exercise of free speech a crucial civil right,” declared the court, “Plaintiffs have shown that they and their members are being chilled from soliciting employment by the threat of enforcement” of the anti-day labor provisions.
To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, The Workplace Project calls on all interested people to participate in a Poster Design contest with the theme “Our Lives, Our Struggles”
To contribute to the fight for the recognition of the multicultural nature of our society, the struggle for respect of diversity and for the rights of immigrant workers in the United States and especially Long Island, NY.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Posters will be received from February 25, 2012 until April 10, 2012
NDLON members Tonatierra and the Southside Workers’ Center, along with other organizations and individuals directly impacted by Arizona’s anti-immigrant hate law, SB 1070, brought this lawsuit in federal court to challenge 1070’s constitutionality. On February 28, 2012, the judge granted Plaintiffs’ motion to enjoin the anti-day labor provisions of SB 1070. NDLON is co-counsel in the suit, along with the ACLU, MALDEF, NILC, and others.
A federal judge blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state’s 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled Wednesday that groups seeking to overturn the law will likely prevail in their claim that the
Working behind the scenes, the head of the country’s immigration enforcement agency has offered to pay the costs of holding suspected illegal immigrants who are arrested for other crimes in Cook County, part of an effort to get county officials to reconsider their refusal to cooperate with federal detention requests. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton has harshly criticized a Cook County ordinance that orders the sheriff’s office to ignore ICE detainers and release illegal immigrants who have been jailed on other charges after they’ve posted bail. County officials have said the measure is partly related to the costs of keeping suspected illegal immigrants locked up.
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