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SB1070: Immoral and Unconstitutional

Source: Sojourners
Date: June 25, 2012



June 25, 2012


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Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provisions of Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law

Rev. Jim Wallis: “Victory for Faith Community”

Washington, DC – June 25, 2012

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s controversial law, Rev. Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, released the following statement:

Christians concerned about vulnerable immigrants have called laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 immoral and now the Supreme Court has declared those laws  unconstitutional. Our national immigration system is broken, and a patchwork of harsh state-level immigration laws isn’t the way to fix it. The decision to strike down key provisions of this legislation is a victory for everyone in the faith community who seeks to follow the Bible’s call for concern for the vulnerable and “stranger” among us.


Arizona’s immoral legislation threatened families, harmed children, and made it difficult for law enforcement to safeguard the communities they swore to protect; it remains important to ensure that any remaining parts of the legislation are never used to justify racial profiling by local police.


Earlier this month, nearly 150 evangelical leaders set aside their own political differences to endorse basic moral principles that should guide immigration reform. We called for Congress to put away the partisan talking points, end the political games, and find a common-ground solution that fixes America’s broken immigration system: now they should act. 

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Jim Wallis is the president and CEO of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States focused on the biblical call to social justice. Wallis is also author of the New York Times bestsellers God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It and The Great Awakening: Seven Ways to Change the World, Reviving Faith & Politics. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street.