AirTalk for June 20, 2012

Arizona, California and beyond brace for Court ruling on immigration

Activists Protest Arizona's Controversial Immigration Law In Phoenix

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Protesters opposed to Arizona's Immigration Law SB 1070 march through downtown Phoenix April 25, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.

When the Supreme Court rules on SB 1070 in the coming days, there could be consequences felt across the country. That all depends on how the Court writes the decision -- and what laws the ruling is based on. Moreover, the Justices could affirm some sections and declare others as unconstitutional.

"But advocates have begun plotting their responses," as reported by the L.A. Times. "If courts uphold the state's right to make immigration law.... immigrant rights activists will push more state legislation to expand protections for undocumented immigrants, according to Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles)."

How does that square with Arizona's argument that 1070 is simply an enforcement tool, not a new state law? Could there be unintended consequences? What would the fall-out be if 1070 holds? Would more lawsuits follow?

It's all so complicated that an unprecedented simulcast is taking to Arizona's airwaves tomorrow. Twenty-three Latino media outlets are broadcasting a special to inform their audiences of their rights. Producers of "Hoy Somos Arizona" (Today, We are Arizona) want the show to ease some fears and uncertainty among the Spanish-speaking immigrant population.

Guests:

Ben Monterroso, Executive Director, Mi Familia Vota, described as a national non-profit organization focused on Latino civic participation in the Latino community; Monterroso co-produced "Hoy Somos Arizona" (Today We Are Arizona) simulcast

Gil Cedillo, Democratic Assemblymen, California’s 45th District in Los Angeles

John Eastman, professor of law and former dean at Chapman University Law School. Eastman holds the Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law at the Chapman University School of Law and is also the Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy; Eastman co-authored an amicus brief for the Supreme Court on the SB 1070 case

Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean of the UCI Law School


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