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SB 1070: The Fight Continues

SB 1070: The Fight Continues

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 2:41pm
For 19-year-old Hugo Carrillo Escobedo, SB1070 is about more than just “showing your papers.”  After “squealing” his tires, Hugo wound up in immigration detention for eight hours. Hugo’s story is particularly compelling because he was initially just given a citation for the traffic violation and immediately released.  But the police officer later showed up at his house, saying: “Do you know about SB1070? If I don’t report you, I could lose my job.” 
Sheriff Arpaio, Racial Profiling is Illegal

Sheriff Arpaio, Racial Profiling is Illegal

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 10:09am

As the immigration debate continues across Arizona, most pragmatic people seem to agree on a few undeniable facts: racial profiling is illegal. Stopping a motorist for no reason other than their skin color is wrong. Terrorizing American citizens under…

Why Arizona's "Show Me Your Papers" Law Must Be Stopped

Why Arizona's "Show Me Your Papers" Law Must Be Stopped

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 11:54am

(Originally posted on the Huffington Post.)

Today, the ACLU will be appearing in federal court in its in legal challenge to the Arizona law that requires local law enforcement to demand "papers" from anyone they stop who they suspect…

Arizona Law Says Choose Between Donations and Providing Care to Women

Arizona Law Says Choose Between Donations and Providing Care to Women

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 12:40pm

Just months after Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl made false and misleading statements about Planned Parenthood's prenatal services, Arizona is once again attacking groups that provide abortion information or services. The latest scheme: A law to rewrite…

Arizona Brings Stories of Migrant Deaths and Racial Profiling

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 3:46pm
Dr. Bustamante arrived in Tucson late Thursday evening. He visited the Florence Detention Center early in the morning on May 4, then traveled to the border where he met with federal officials at the Nogales Border Patrol Station, which covers 32 miles…

Sheriff Joe's Inhumane Circus

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 1:25pm

Sheriff Joe's one-man circus has made headlines again in Arizona's Maricopa County.

His latest taxpayer-financed media stunt involved the "forced march" of undocumented inmates who are serving out their criminal sentences. Sheriff…

Holding America Accountable at International Human Rights Review

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 12:54pm

This Friday, and for the first time ever, the United States will submit to a peer review of its human rights record as part of the U.N. Human Rights Council's (HRC) Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which is taking place this week in Geneva.

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ACLU Reminds "America's Toughest Sheriff" That He's Not Above the Law

By Alessandra Soler, ACLU of Arizona at 11:06am

No one is above the law, not even Joe Arpaio, the media-hungry sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. His stunts include reinstituting chain gangs (they include women and juveniles), erecting a tent city where over 2,000 convicted men and women…

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