ACLU Sues Arizona Over Immigration Law

Class-action suit hits 'shameful, un-American' law
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2010 2:28 AM CDT
Immigrant rights activists and community leaders protest Arizona's immigration enforcement law outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – The ACLU and several other civil rights groups yesterday sued Arizona over what one lawyer calls the state's "shameful, un-American" immigration law. The federal class-action suit charges that Arizona's law is unconstitutional, will lead to widespread racial profiling, and violates the free-speech rights of day laborers, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"Arizona’s law is quintessentially un-American. We are not a ‘show me your papers’ country, nor one that believes in subjecting people to harassment, investigation and arrest simply because others may perceive them as foreign," an attorney with the ACLU's immigrants’ Rights Project said in a statement. The suit seeks to have a federal judge declare the law unconstitutional and block Arizona county sheriffs from enforcing it.

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