The American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit challenging Georgia's anti-immigrant law, HB 87, which is inspired by Arizona's notorious SB 1070. The Georgia law authorizes police to demand "papers" demonstrating citizenship or immigration status during traffic stops, criminalizes Georgians who interact daily with undocumented individuals and makes it unjustifiably difficult for individuals without specific identification documents to access state facilities and services. The lawsuit charges that the extreme law endangers public safety, invites the racial profiling of Latinos, Asians and others who appear foreign to an officer and interferes with federal law.
The ACLU will continue to challenge HB 87, charging that it unlawfully authorizes and requires unreasonable seizures and arrests in violation of the Fourth Amendment; restricts the constitutional right to travel freely throughout the United States; and violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the U.S. Constitution by unlawfully discriminating against people who hold certain kinds of identity documents.
Major provisions of Georgia's copycat law were blocked last June.
Know Your Rights: SB1070 Supreme Court Ruling and Georgia's Anti-Immigrant Law
Conozca Sus Derechos SB1070 Y La Ley De Immigración En Georgia