Location: Los Angeles and D.C., respectively
Purpose: Civil rights groups
Known for: Joining the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in filing a lawsuit against Arizona’s SB 1070 Monday. The suit contends that the law will lead to racial profiling and is in violation of the 1st, 4th, and 14th Amendments. One of the plaintiffs this coalition is representing is 70 year-old Jim Shee, a U.S.-born citizen of Spanish and Chinese descent, who has already been stopped twice by Arizona law enforcement officials and asked to produce his papers, even before the law’s taken effect.
In light of AZ Governor Brewer accusing President Obama of “(dividing) people along racial lines for his personal political convenience” by opposing SB 1070, it’s telling that the exact opposite is happening. Because this law isn’t just a threat to a certain race, it’s a threat to the Constitution, our civil liberties, and the things that actually hold our society together. ACLU attorney Lucas Guttentag put it best when he described SB 1070 this way:
“This is the most extreme and dangerous of all the state and local laws purporting to deal with immigration issues. This law is shameful, un-American.“
Filed under: Anti-Immigration, Arizona, Arizona Immigration Bill SB 1070, Arizona SB 1070, Asian American Justice Center, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Boycott Arizona, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Governor Jan Brewer, Governor Jan Brewer Is a Fucking Idiot, Hispanics, Illegal Immigration, Latinos, Racist Laws, SB 1070, Solidarity
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