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Forum set on SB 1070, racial profiling

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Forum set on SB 1070, racial profiling

A community forum on SB 1070 and the potential for racial profiling, organized by Councilwoman Regina Romero and religious leaders, is set for Tuesday evening. Appearing at the meeting will be Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor and City Attorney Mike Rankin.

"This law legitimizes racial profiling, and we want to be sure the public has an opportunity to ask law enforcement how they will work to avoid discriminatory practices," said Romero in a release announcing the forum.

The event will be 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Most Holy Trinity Parish, 1300 N. Greasewood Rd.

Last Tuesday, a federal judge formally lifted an injunction that halted the enforcement of the SB 1070 provision that requires police to determine the immigration status of arrestees. While that part of the law is now in force, most of the bill is now permanently barred.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton signed an order last Tuesday afternoon lifting the injunction she issued two years ago that blocked enforcement of most of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law.

That move, which follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year, means Arizona police are now required to determine the immigration status of everyone they arrest, and must determine the status of those they stop or detain if they suspect they are in the country without proper documentation.

Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the 2010 law, welcomed the court order.

"I've never claimed that SB 1070 would cure Arizona's problems with illegal immigration; only the federal government has the resources and responsibility necessary to achieve that," she said in a press release. "What SB 1070 does represent is one more tool that our officers can use in collaborating with federal authorities to reduce the crime and other impacts associated with illegal immigration in our communities."

Romero called for renewed opposition to what she said is an "anti-immigrant, anti-Latino law."

Bolton's order makes permanent the block on other key parts of the law, including provisions that made it a state crime for immigrants to fail to carry "alien-registration papers;" one that allowed for warrantless arrest of anyone suspected of committing an offense that made them removable from the country; and one that made it a state crime for an undocumented person to seek work.

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