ACLU, other civil rights organizations seek to stop Arizona's immigration law: report

13:08, May 18, 2010      

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Several civil rights organizations in the United States including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have filed a federal class-action suit on Monday in an attempt to halt a controversial new Arizona law that requires local police to enforce federal immigration regulations, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Arguing that the law, signed by Arizona governor Jan Brewer on April 23 and to take effect by early August, leads to widespread racial profiling,infringes upon the federal government's ability to set immigration policy and violates the Constitution's first and fourth amendments, the ACLU, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, among others, filed the lawsuit, which is at least the fourth file since Brewer signed the SB 1070 into law, the newspaper said.

"This law is shameful, un-American, which will undermine public safety and is unconstitutional," attorney with the ACLU Lucas Guttentag said.

Individual plaintiffs also include a 70-year-old U.S. citizen of Spanish and Chinese descent, who says he's been stopped twice by Arizona police asking for "papers," a Latino citizen studying at Arizona State University whose driving license issued by New Mexico would not be accepted as proof of citizenship under the law, and a Jamaican immigrant who fears police will not believe the photocopy of a judge's order that he be allowed to stay in the country, which is the only paperwork he has that gives him legal status here, the Times reported.

According to the controversial law, which has drawn a widespread backlash from across the country, staying in the United States without proper immigration paperwork is a state crime which carries imprisonment and hefty fines. Police are empowered to stop and interrogate anyone who is suspicious and detain those who fail to produce legal documents.

Brewer has ordered training for all police to ensure no racial profiling occurs. Last week she formed a group to try to win back business to the state, which has been the target of calls for boycotts, the Los Angeles Times said.

Source:Xinhua

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