Advocacy groups challenge Arizona’s papers provision on SB 1070

Civil rights and immigration advocacy groups are challenging Arizona’s SB 1070 as an unconstitutional law,  reports MSNBC.

A U.S. District Court judge in Phoenix set a schedule to consider the latest challenge against a remaining section of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, known as Senate Bill 1070, according to the Tucson Citizen.

NILC is one of roughly a dozen organizations, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that began challenging Arizona SB 1070 immediately after it was signed into law in 2010.

The 65-page motion, filed last week, requests an injunction that will prevent the law from taking effect following a Supreme Court ruling in June that upheld portions of it while striking down other elements.

The motion argues that the law should be struck down for two reasons: it would allow individuals to be detained by local and state authorities for immigration violations, which they say would violate federal law; and it would allow for discriminatory racial profiling of Latinos. The lawsuit the Supreme Court ruled on in June was brought by the Justice Department.

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About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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