In April 2010, Supervisor David Campos issued an official resolution to boycott the state of Arizona to demonstrate his opposition toward the state's controversial Senate Bill 1070, which gave cops the authority to check the status of residents without probable cause. Campos wanted to “stand in solidarity” with those in Arizona who felt this law was wrong.
So you might think that San Franciscans would be up in arms after hearing today's news that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down three parts of S.B. 1070, but stayed its decision on one of the most controversial provisions — police officers can check the immigration status of those who appear to be illegal immigrants. However, it seems not everyone is dissatisfied.
We talked to immigration rights advocates, whose opinions of the decision appear mixed. In a statement issued Monday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris expressed both hope and concern about the ruling.
“I am pleased with the court's decision, which strikes down some of the most egregious components of Arizona's misguided law,” she said. “It also signals potentially significant constitutional concerns with the law's mandate on local police officers to act as enforcers of immigration law.”
Meanwhile, Campos described the decision as a “clear defeat,” saying he was “very pleased” with the results. “It is a victory for those of us who have indicated that Arizona overreached,” he told us.