Federal judge backs release of SB1070 e-mails

SB1070By Howard Fischer | Arizona Daily Sun

A federal judge has allowed challengers to the state’s major law aimed at illegal immigrants to see what groups advocating its passage were advising legislators.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton rejected arguments by attorneys for the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Immigration Reform Law Institute that the emails, letters and memos they sent to lawmakers who crafted and supported SB1070 are private. Bolton also said that communications from legislators to either group also cannot be shielded.

The ruling is a significant victory for those who have been working since the law was enacted in 2010 to have it — and especially its “papers please” provision — declared unconstitutional.


Related: Boehner Is Said to Back Change on Immigration 


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