LAS VEGAS (UPI) -- The U.S. attorney general said his department wants to make sure the part of Arizona's immigration law judged constitutional does not lead to racial profiling.
told the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Hispanic
civil rights organization, Saturday he considered the U.S. Supreme
Court's landmark June 25 decision rejecting much of Arizona's
immigration law "an important step forward" because it helped "to ensure
that our nation speaks with one voice on the critical, and complex,
issue of immigration."
But he said he remained "seriously concerned" by "the potential
impact" of the court's decision to let a key provision of Arizona's
Senate Bill 1070 stand -- the part that instructs police to check the
immigration status of those detained for "reasonable suspicion" that
they are the United States unlawfully.
"Let me assure you -- the Justice Department will monitor the impact
of this and other measures to make certain that they do not conflict
with federal civil rights or immigration laws," Holder told a luncheon
audience of nearly 2,000 people on the opening day of the group's
four-day conference in Las Vegas.
"We'll work to ensure, as the court affirmed, that such laws cannot
be seen as a license to engage in racial profiling," he said to
"And we'll continue to enforce federal prohibitions against racial and ethnic discrimination, in order -- as President [Barack] Obama has promised -- to 'uphold our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.'"