CAIR-CA Welcomes Federal Ruling on SB 1070

Support of Constitutional Challenge to Anti-Immigration Law

(Apr 15, 2011 - Anaheim, CA) 

The Arizona and California offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today welcomed a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a previous injunction by a lower court barring portions of SB 1070, an anti-immigration law that would have encouraged racial profiling in Arizona.

Last July, Judge Susan Bolton granted a preliminary injunction against SB 1070, thereby preventing police from questioning people about their immigration status. The ruling came in response to a motion filed by the U.S. Department of Justice challenging the constitutionality of SB 1070. If allowed to remain in effect, SB 1070 would have made it mandatory for people to carry “alien registration” papers, made it a crime for alleged undocumented immigrants to seek work, and authorized the warrantless arrest of individuals believed to be subject to deportation, among other things.

In upholding the lower court’s injunction, the federal court rejected the State of Arizona’s appeal, filed by Gov. Jan Brewer’s administration, and maintained that SB1070 interfered with the federal government’s jurisdiction on immigration matters. 

“We welcome the 9th Circuit Court’s ruling that rightly upholds a constitutional challenge to SB 1070, an ill-advised law that would have encouraged anti-immigrant hysteria, racial profiling and created distrust between law enforcement and minority communities,” said CAIR-AZ Chairman Anas Hlayhel. “We further renew our call to Congress to immediately work on passing much needed comprehensive immigration reform.”

Also last July, CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area Executive Director and IWJ Board Member Hussam Ayloush joined interfaith and civil rights leaders, including Imam Taha Hassane and Shakeel Syed, in daylong activities in Phoenix to continue the call for immigration reform. Activists gathered in Phoenix to call for a complete end to SB 1070 and similar legislation in other states and urged immediate action from Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Office Director Tayyibah Amatullah, 602-312-2223, E-Mail:; CAIR-LA Government Relations Coordinator Adel Syed, 714-776-1847, E-mail:


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