Coalition Announces Lawsuit Against Arizona Racial Profiling Law

Arizona's new racial profiling law is under attack from all sides. It's not just the ACLU (and Shakira) who oppose SB1070. Former Bush strategist Karl Rove and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) have both called the law "unconstitutional." Janet Napolitano, the former governor of that state before she became Homeland Security Secretary, said at a hearing Tuesday that the Justice Department is looking into "whether the law meets constitutional safeguards or not."

Well, we're sure the law is unconstitutional, which is why today, the ACLU, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) will announce that they are planning to file a lawsuit challenging SB1070.

The law’s effective date is 90 days after the end of the current legislative session (which is still ongoing). Our litigation will be designed to prevent it from ever going into effect. Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon has said that he plans to file a lawsuit as well. It looks like Arizona state officials will have a busy summer.

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EmWilly

Thank you, ACLU for everything you do for this country. I LOVE you.

Maggie

Perhaps this law was passed to get the Federal Govt off its laurels and do something about immigration reform.

Andres.

ACLU, MALDEF, NILC and many other organizations are amazing.

Anonymous

You are dead wrong. This law is constitutional. Thank you govener of Arizona for doing a favor to this country!

Anonymous

Why would someone even consider passing this? we should all have the same rights

Anonymous

This is just making America look bad

Anonymous

So this law seems to bring about people's irritation just by the sight of a Hispanic?

Anonymous

Check this video out an see for yourself an its ignorance of those who just very much dislike brown skin beings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL5S_4Csr7c&feature=player_embedded

Wow

I would like to see the lawsuit. I cant find 1 unconstitutional thing about it.

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