The HNBA Highlights that Legal Challenges Against Arizona’s Immigration Law Have Largely Been Successful

July 29, 2010

Washington, DC–Yesterday, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) joined millions of Americans and other national organizations in celebrating the successful legal challenges to the most repugnant portions of Arizona’s SB 1070. In a ruling issued July 28, 2010, The United States District Court for the District of Arizona granted a preliminary injunction as to several key sections of SB 1070, with a trial on the merits still part of the pending litigation to overturn what is likely an unconstitutional piece of anti-immigrant legislation.

As the HNBA has previously pointed out, when it spoke out publicly before SB 1070 was signed into law, some of the provisions included in SB 1070 raise grave constitutional concerns and negatively impact constitutional protections afforded to all Americans, regardless of their immigration status.

As to the court’s ruling, Román D. Hernández, HNBA National President stated, “Our courts have always been where all Americans can seek redress. Our system of justice is one where all are equal under the law, and where all disputes are to be fairly resolved. We never doubted that our system of justice would work in this instance, and we consider the Court’s ruling a success at this stage in the litigation.”

While not a litigant in this matter, the HNBA joined the National Council of La Raza, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association of Arizona in filing an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction. The brief was authored by LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. The HNBA fully expects that further legal challenges to SB 1070 will prove as equally successful as yesterday’s ruling.