07/09/2012

Holder: DOJ to ensure no Ariz. profiling

AG said he remains 'seriously concerned' about the recent Supreme Court decision to let a key provision of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 stand

By Gerry Harrington
UPI

LAS VEGAS — The U.S. attorney general said his department wants to make sure the part of Arizona's immigration law judged constitutional does not lead to racial profiling.

Eric Holder told the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights organization, Saturday he considered the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark June 25 decision rejecting much of Arizona's immigration law "an important step forward" because it helped "to ensure that our nation speaks with one voice on the critical, and complex, issue of immigration."

But he said he remained "seriously concerned" by "the potential impact" of the court's decision to let a key provision of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 stand — the part that instructs police to check the immigration status of those detained for "reasonable suspicion" that they are the United States unlawfully.

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