This week, MALDEF and other civil rights organizations filed a legal challenge in federal court to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s anti-immigration and racial profiling law SB 1070. With the enactment of SB 1070, Governor Brewer and other SB 1070 supporters have ignored long-standing prohibitions against racial profiling, unlawful discrimination, and state intrusion into federal authority found in a host of federal and state laws, as well as in the United States Constitution.SUPPORT MALDEF’S LEGAL CHALLENGE TO SB 1070, CLICK HERE TO DONATE $25, $50, $75 OR MORE!
SB 1070 threatens the legal and constitutional protections afforded Arizona residents and visitors because the law compels law enforcement officers to enforce this draconian law and directs them to engage in racial profiling and discrimination. The supposed “fixer” bill, HB 2162, fails to address the fundamental flaws of SB 1070 and adds frightening expansions of state power to permit law enforcement to violate the rights of Arizona residents and visitors. Together, these discriminatory laws will require Latinos and other immigrants to carry their “papers” as proof of their immigration status for fear of criminal prosecution. Moreover, these measures will further alienate segments of Arizona communities most in need of protection, like victims and witnesses to crimes. MALDEF has challenged the constitutionality of SB 1070 for violating the United States Constitution’s Supremacy Clause and both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
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