Oral arguments began this week at the Supreme Court in the case of Arizona v. United States to uphold SB 1070– one of the most far-reaching and strictest anti-immigration bill in the country. The Supreme Court isn’t expect to rule on the case until July, but in the meantime activists organized in front of the Arizona State Capitol on Tuesday in protest of the two year anniversary of Governor Jan Brewer’s signing of controversial bill into law.
Formally known as the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, SB 1070 has brought the eyes of the nation down on Arizona as the battleground state in the debate on immigration. While a majority of Arizonans support the law, it has tarnished the state’s reputation and alienated the Latino community, many of whom feel SB 1070 is discriminatory.
A Supreme Court decision in favor of SB 1070 could be of critical influence on the 2012 elections. A mobilized Latino vote would surely tip the scales in favor of President Obama, who has faced off on immigration against Jan Brewer in the past. So just how powerful is the Latino voting demographic? Jorge Mursuli, a Cuban immigrant and head of Democracia USA, explains: