NC Latino Community Leader : Supreme Court Ruling Still Allows Racial Profiling

By: April Davis/ Carly Swain
By: April Davis/ Carly Swain

A decision the by the supreme court Monday tackling Arizona immigration laws ditched much of the law, but still allows local law enforcement in the state to check immigration status when they detain someone- so long as that is not the soul reason for detaining that person. The decision is sending ripples through Latino communities in the east.

The supreme court's decision, five to three, says Arizona was going about illegal immigration control the wrong way, but one piece of the puzzle sticks: show me your papers.

"They still left something that's gonna lean more on racial profiling," said the President of the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (Amexian) Juvencio Rocha Peralta.

Rocha Peralta says the stuff that was cut out of Arizona's law works for the country, just like illegal immigrants do:

"You know, nobody else is gonna go over and pick tobacco and pick sweet potatoes," said Peralta.

It's the "show me your papers" part that he says worries some North Carolinians- legal or not.

"For any community to implement this type of policy, it's not helping."

For Rocha Peralta this is a bigger problem and the supreme court decision is a patch, when he says it's truly the entire immigration policy that needs to be re built.

"It's the fault of the United States congress and the president who didn't have the guts to fight for it because he had the congress until two years ago," said naturalized citizen Javier Castillo.

Javier Castillo, a naturalized citizen from Nicaragua, agrees it's a problem that will trickle down and open up the way for lawsuits and appeals, and it's especially difficult for officers who are charged with upholding a law without teeth.

"Although the supreme court said they can, but on the other hand, they are going back to a lower court, and it can be challenged. So it's still a mess.

Other states are looking at Arizona's policy and figuring out how it could apply in their states. The director of Amexican says in Pitt County, nearly 75 percent of Latino workers are documented.

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