LA Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Immigrant Law – 10/16/13


Louisiana Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Immigrant Law

“Show me your papers” law led to racial profiling, draconian punishment

NEW ORLEANS, October 16, 2013—The Louisiana Supreme Court has struck down Louisiana’s “show me your papers” law (La. R.S. 14:100.13), continuing to dismantle the deportation state and pushing back on racial profiling against the Latino community.

“The Supreme Court has put Louisiana on the right side of history by rejecting a law that criminalized immigrants and promoted racial profiling,” said Saket Soni, director of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ). “Louisiana leads in harsh interior enforcement, with the highest recorded rate of deportations in any non-border state, but communities are pushing back to end the deportation state. Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman adopted a new policy in August locking immigration enforcement out of his prison. The court’s decision is a crucial next step.”

NOWCRJ Staff Attorney Yihong “Julie” Mao, who filed an amicus brief to the Lousiana Supreme Court in this case said: “Our brief urged the Supreme Court to invalidate this law because of the clear evidence that it led to the systematic racial-profiling of Louisiana’s Latino community. This decision will help put an end to that.”

Jacinta Gonzalez, lead immigration organizer for NOWCRJ, said: “This anti-immigrant law terrorized Latino drivers and subjected community members to arrest, imprisonment, and separation from their families. The Supreme Court’s decision will help protect the right of immigrant workers to remain in the communities they rebuilt.”


Louisiana Supreme Court decision in Louisiana v. Alexis Sarrabea

NOWCRJ Amicus Brief to Louisiana Supreme Court

Backgrounder on court decision


For more information, CONTACT:

Jacinta Gonzalez, NOWCRJ Lead Immigration Organizer,, (504) 655-6610

Yihong “Julie” Mao, NOWCRJ Staff Attorney,, (504) 309-5165