Dean Johnson Comments on Arizona Immigration Law for Associated Press
Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for the Associated Press on the continuing legal battle over SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down most of the law last month, but let stand a provision requiring law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of individuals they stop for other reasons. Opponents are expected to ask a lower court for a preliminary injunction that would prevent the law from taking effect.
"My prognosis is that it will be difficult to prevail on a preliminary injunction at this time," said Dean Johnson. "The Supreme Court suggested that it was going to allow this law to go into effect and then decide if any legal challenges held weight as applied to a particular case at hand."
Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.