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Arizona Senate Bill 1070

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Meghan McCain Slams Arizona Immigration Law (CBS News)

 

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On April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070, a controversial new law making illegal immigration a state crime and allowing law enforcement officers to inquire into the immigration status of any person within the state. Individuals found to not have valid identification are subject to arrest and may be charged with violating this new law.

Governor Brewer, during her subsequent press conferences, has proclaimed that this law will not provide an open door to racial profiling in the State of Arizona. However, while race and national origin are not supposed to be the sole basis of probable cause for an immigration status inquiry, the real world application of such a measure will undoubtedly lead to an atmosphere within law enforcement of fostering and encouraging blatant discrimination.

Instead of providing an innovative and progressive solution to the issue of immigration in the State of Arizona, Governor Brewer has resorted to barbaric legislation in an attempt to acquire political support for the upcoming election cycle.

Along with the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s tent city, pink boxer shorts, and chain gangs for inmates, and his notorious round-ups of Hispanics, Governor Brewer’s signature on Senate Bill 1070, has further embarrassed the State of Arizona.

It’s time for a change. This coming election cycle, use your voting power to help bring Arizona out of the dark ages.

 

A few suggestions on how you can make a difference:

1. Encourage the Arizona Attorney General to challenge the constitutionality of this law. The Arizona Attorney General has the power to bring suit against this new law on the merits of it being unconstitutional under Arizona law. As this law blatantly will promote an atmosphere of racial profiling, the Arizona Attorney General has a responsibility to act against it. Please contact the Arizona’s Attorney General’s office to encourage them to act against this new law:

Attorney General Terry Goddard
Office of the Attorney General
1275 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Tel: 602.542.5025 Toll Free: 800.352.8431
civilrightsinfo@azag.gov

2. Encourage the United States Department of Justice to challenge the constitutionality of this law. The U.S. Department of Justice has the power to bring suit against the State of Arizona on the unconstitutionality of this new law. State laws may provide for more Constitutional protections than federal laws, but not less. This new law fosters discrimination against a specific race and national heritage of people, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Please contact the U.S. Justice Department to encourage them to act against this new law:

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-001
Main switchboard: 202.514.2000
Public comment line: 202.353.1555
Office of the U.S. Attorney General: 202.514.2001

3. Contact President Obama and encourage him to place additional pressure on the U.S. Justice Department to file suit against this law:

White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Tel: 202.395.2020
Comments: 202.456.6213

4. Get involved with community organizations working in Arizona against this new law. Join demonstrations against this law and if the law takes effect (currently scheduled for 90 days after the end of the legislative session, by August 2010) support any legal cases that arise from those found in violation.

5. Educate others. Help educate the public on the reasons to oppose Arizona's new anti immigration law.

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