Immigrants living in Indiana reacted positively to the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's anti-immigration law.
"It was good news. We definitely agree with the court's decision. We are pleased," Marlene Dotson, president and CEO of the Indiana Latino Institute, told RTV6's Jenna Kooi.
The ILI is a nonprofit organization that focuses on health and education issues affecting Latinos in the state.
Dotson closely followed the Supreme Court's ruling on the anti-immigration law in Arizona. While pleased that much of it was struck down, Dotson said she is still concerned about the controversial provision the justices let stand. That aspect allows police to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.
"So we're still concerned about the provision that can call for racial profiling just because a person looks different or their name is different, they can be stopped," Dotson said.
She said immigration laws should be left to the federal government, not the states. And she had a message for Hoosier lawmakers who are pushing for stricter anti-immigration laws in Indiana.
"This is not about just an issue, this is about people's lives," Dotson emphasized.
Juan Lozano agrees. He's a Mexican immigrant living in the Indianapolis area, a husband and father of two who is worried about the future amid calls for anti-immigration laws.
"Because we come over here for work, some people say we're stealing people's job, but we don't. We just come for work," Lozano said.
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