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Groups sue to stop Ariz. immigration law

May 18, 2010

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— A coalition of civil rights groups on Monday filed a sweeping lawsuit against Arizona’s controversial law that requires local police to enforce federal immigration regulations, hoping to stop the state law before it goes into effect in July.

The suit argues that the law, known as SB 1070, will essentially require police to racially profile and that it violates several constitutional provisions, including the First and Fourth amendments.

The groups also contend it is an illegal attempt for a state to regulate immigration, a federal matter.

The suit was filed by groups that include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.

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MyName 4 years, 7 months ago

umm... no

When officers do what you're describing, and it's clear that they don't have any legitimate reason to make a stop or an arrest, then what they're doing is illegal and in some cases can even involve a lawsuit.

Even so, the Arizona law, as it stands, actually makes it official state policy to select people based on their national origin, which is a step beyond the empty "DWB" statement you're talking about.

ivalueamerica 4 years, 7 months ago

With at least 4 glaring Constitutional questions, this law will only end up lining the pockets of a lot of lawyers and cost the citizens of Arizona millions.

The only good thing that MIGHT come out of this fiasco is the federal government might finally get off their rear ends and do what they should have been doing for the last 50 years.

However, Arizona blew it by not protecting and defending the Constitution in the process of trying to preserve the law.

You can not break one law to enforce another or the very foundation of America crumbles.

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