National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2012
Contact: Emily Chatterjee
NAPABA APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT'S DECISION
TO STRIKE DOWN KEY PROVISIONS OF SB 1070 LAW
WASHINGTON - Today, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Arizona v. United States, striking down a majority of the Arizona immigration law known as SB 1070. The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) joined an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court that opposed implementation of the SB 1070 law.
"NAPABA has opposed SB 1070 and copycat laws in other states not only because of their anti-immigrant slant, but also because of the likelihood that racial profiling will result," said Tina Matsuoka, executive director of NAPABA. "Although we are pleased that the Supreme Court today struck down the majority of the law, we are disappointed that the 'show me your papers' provision of the law was upheld. NAPABA is concerned that communities of color throughout our nation will be negatively targeted as a result, and that community policing efforts on the part of law enforcement will also suffer in the wake of this decision."
In addition to the amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court in Arizona v. United States, NAPABA has joined amicus briefs opposing SB 1070 copycat laws in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Utah.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 64 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.