A ban that was in effect from late July 2012 until September 5 is being questioned by its opponents as well as the Mexican government, according to Fox News Latino. Arizona’s controversial SB1070 law is having the Mexican government urge the U.S. court to block a portion of the law that prohibits the harboring of undocumented immigrants in the United States.
SB1070 is an immigration reform law that requires police to determine the legal status of any immigrant that has been detained or arrested. The law encourages police to regularly check the state of U.S. citizenship for Latino residents. This law is said to invite racial profiling because people can be questioned based on how they look or sound.
Lawyers representing the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a filing on December 26 that the ban on the law harms diplomatic relations between the United States and other countries because individual states’ laws are undermining the national laws.
“Mexico cannot conduct effective negotiations with the United States when the foreign policy decisions of the federal governments are undermined by the individual policies of individual states,” lawyers for the Mexican government said in a friend-of-the-court brief.
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down some sections of the law, but upheld the questioning portion of it, making it a requirement that immigrants obtain and carry U.S. immigration registration papers on them.
This debate between the United States and Mexico is not the first time a foreign government spoke up over immigration law.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who signed the measure into law, requested that the appeals court reverse the ruling on the harboring ban. Brewer was not pleased with the conversation between the countries’ higher courts.