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ACLU, NAACP, MALDEF join lawsuit over Arizona immigration law


The Arizona immigration law SB 1070 is scheduled to go into effect July 28, but attorneys behind a lawsuit say they will prevent that from happening. The ACLU, NAACP, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund are among the groups behind the complaint.

You can read the complaint (by downloading the PDF file) here.

Here are two of the individual plaintiffs, as summarized by the National Immigration Law Center:

One of the individuals the coalition is representing in the case, Jim Shee, is a U.S.-born 70-year-old American citizen of Spanish and Chinese descent. Shee asserts that he will be vulnerable to racial profiling under the law, and that, although the law has not yet gone into effect, he has already been stopped twice by local law enforcement officers in Arizona and asked to produce his “papers.”

Another plaintiff, Jesus CuauhtĂ©moc Villa, is a resident of the state of New Mexico who is currently attending Arizona State University. The state of New Mexico does not require proof of U.S. citizenship or immigration status to obtain a driver’s license. Villa does not have a U.S. passport and does not want to risk losing his birth certificate by carrying it with him. He worries about traveling in Arizona without a valid form of identification that would prove his citizenship to police if he is pulled over. If he cannot supply proof upon demand, Arizona law enforcement is required to arrest and detain him.

This entry was posted on Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 1:00 pm by Leah Rae. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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