U.S. Judge Bars Arizona From Banning Mexican-American Studies

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The law was found unconstitutional with "an invidious discriminatory racial purpose and a politically partisan purpose.”

Following an August ruling that the state's law was unconstitutional, on Wednesday a federal judge blocked Arizona from enforcing a law that would ban ethnic studies courses, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Wallace Tashima, a federal appeals court judge sitting in the district court in Arizona, said in his injunction that state legislators who passed the ban in 2010 violated the Constitution.

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Tashima said the ban was “not for a legitimate educational purpose, but for an invidious discriminatory racial purpose and a politically partisan purpose.”

Tashima pointed to former Arizona state superintendents of public instruction John Huppenthal and Tom Horne, who worked to move the ban forward:

“Defendants were pursuing these discriminatory ends in order to make political gains,” the judge wrote. “Horne and Huppenthal repeatedly pointed to their efforts against the [Mexican American studies] program in their respective 2011 political campaigns, including in speeches and radio advertisements. The issue was a political boon to the candidates.”

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