2011: Immigrants' Rights Under Attack in State Legislatures

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  • Alabama

    • Federal Lawsuit Filed to Block Arizona Copycat Law

      Alabama enacted an Arizona copycat law.
      The ACLU and other civil rights groups
      have filed a lawsuit to block the law.
      A law inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was enacted this year. The ACLU and a coalition of civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the law before it can take effect.
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  • Arizona

    • Arizona Originates Racial Profiling Law in 2010

      SB 1070, a law enacted by Arizona in 2010, became a model for bills inviting racial profiling around the country in 2011.
      An omnibus, anti-immigrant law enacted in Arizona in 2010 has served as a model for legislation inviting racial profiling against Latinos and others presumed to look or sound "foreign" in states around the country. Federal courts have blocked the core provisions of Arizona's "show me your papers" law, SB 1070, from taking effect, following separate lawsuits by the United States government and the ACLU along with a coalition of civil rights organizations.
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  • Colorado

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was
      defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the Colorado state legislature this year.
  • Florida

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the Florida state legislature this year.
  • Georgia

    • Federal Court Blocks Arizona Copycat Law from Taking Effect

      Georgia enacted an Arizona copycat law.
      A federal court has blocked core provisions
      of that law from taking effect.
      A law inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was enacted in 2011. The ACLU and a coalition of civil rights groups have won a preliminary injunction from a federal court, blocking core provisions of the law from taking effect.
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  • Indiana

    • Federal Court Blocks Arizona Copycat Law from Taking Effect

      Indiana enacted an Arizona copycat law.
      A federal court has blocked core provisions
      of that law from taking effect.
      A law inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was enacted in 2011. The ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center have won a preliminary injunction from a federal court, blocking core provisions of the law from taking effect.
      More »
  • Kansas

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was
      defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the Kansas state legislature this year.
  • Kentucky

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the Kentucky state legislature this year.
  • Louisiana

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the Louisiana state legislature this year.
  • Maine

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the Maine state legislature this year.
  • Michigan

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Pending in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was introduced in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was introduced and is pending in the state legislature this year.
  • Mississippi

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was
      defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the Mississippi state legislature this year.
  • North Carolina

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the North Carolina state legislature this year.
  • Nebraska

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was
      defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the Nebraska state legislature this year.
  • Oklahoma

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was
      defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the Oklahoma state legislature this year.
  • Pennsylvania

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Pending in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was introduced in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was introduced and is pending in the Pennsylvania state legislature this year.
  • South Carolina

    • Federal Lawsuit Will Be Filed to Block Arizona Copycat Law

      South Carolina enacted an Arizona copycat law.
      The ACLU and other civil rights groups will
      be filing a lawsuit to block the law.
      A law inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was enacted this year. The ACLU and a coalition of civil rights groups have announced that they will file a lawsuit in federal court to block the law before it can take effect.
  • South Dakota

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was
      defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the South Dakota state legislature this year.
  • Tennessee

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the Tennessee state legislature this year.
  • Texas

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was
      defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the Texas state legislature this year.
  • Utah

    • Federal Court Blocks Arizona Copycat Law from Taking Effect

      Utah enacted an Arizona copycat law. A federal court has blocked core provisions of that law from taking effect.
      A law inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was enacted among a package of immigration-related legislation passed this year. The ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center have won a temporary restraining order from a federal court, blocking the law from taking effect.
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  • Wisconsin

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Pending in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was introduced in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was introduced and is pending in the Wisconsin state legislature.
  • Wyoming

    • Arizona Copycat Bill Defeated in Legislature

      Arizona-style copycat legislation was defeated in the state legislature.
      Legislation inspired by Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, was defeated in the Wyoming state legislature this year.

In April 2010, lawmakers in Arizona enacted a notorious “show me your papers” law that threatened to transform it into a police state, and invited rampant racial profiling against Latinos, Asian Americans, and others presumed to be “foreign” just because of the way they look or sound.

Among other things, the law, known as SB 1070, requires police to demand papers proving citizenship or immigration status from anyone they stop who they suspect of being in the country unlawfully. It also authorizes the police to make warrantless arrests of people, including individuals who have committed no crime, if officers – untrained in the complexities of federal immigration law – think they might be deportable.

After separate lawsuits filed by the United States government and by the ACLU and a coalition of civil rights groups, a federal court blocked the core provisions of this blatantly unconstitutional law from taking effect. The federal court of appeals has upheld that decision.

Arizona’s enactment of SB 1070 set off a number of copycat attempts in states across the country this year. As the dust settles on state legislative sessions in 2011, six states have passed laws inspired by SB 1070. The ACLU and other civil rights groups have already filed lawsuits challenging five of the laws, including Arizona's, and intend to challenge the sixth one soon. So far, federal courts have blocked unconstitutional provisions in four states from taking effect, and we are confident that the other two laws will meet the same fate. Copycat measures that posed real threats have been defeated this year in no less than 14 states.

Arizona’s racial profiling law and its imitators threaten fundamental American values of fairness and equality for all people. The ACLU will continue to stand up for the civil liberties of all Americans, no matter what race, ethnicity, or national origin.

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