The United States Commission on Civil Rights will hold a public field briefing on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM CT to hear testimony on the effects of recently enacted state immigration laws on the civil rights of individuals, an issue of great currency as a result of today’s decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Arizona v. U.S. affirming one Arizona state law provision, striking down the other three challenged provisions, and remanding.
The Commission will hear testimony concerning whether state immigration laws of the type enacted in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia foster racial discrimination such asracial/ethnic profiling, hate crimes, bullying directed at persons based on their actual or perceived race, national origin or immigration status, diminished student educational rights underPlyler v. Doe, and whether the laws compromise public safety and community policing. The Commission will also hear from proponents of the laws as to their rationale and intended effects.
Commission Chairman Martin R. Castro stated, “I’m pleased that my fellow Commissioners, in aunanimous and bipartisan fashion, voted to conduct this important inquiry on issues not addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court in its present decision. It is also significant that for the first time in many years the Commission is leaving Washington, D.C. to conduct a briefing and hear directly from persons in the community.”
The location of the Birmingham briefing will be announced in the near future.