Several civil rights groups are continuing the fight against Arizona’s tough immigration law by filing new requests to block the “show me your papers” provision of SB 1070, which was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The National Immigration Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Asian American Justice Center, and the National Day Labor Organization all belong to the coalition appealing to U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton.
“[The law] is pre-empted by federal law and violates the Fourth Amendment… [and could] undermine trust between the police and community members, for whom a routine encounter with law enforcement will become a lengthy detention,” stated the Coalition in their filing.
The group has also shown concern over the fact that despite the law not yet having taken effect, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has said his officers have questioned people’s immigration status.
“The Supreme Court has already spoken unanimously on the constitutionality of this provision,” said Matthew Benson, a spokesman for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. “Governor Brewer is hopeful Arizona law enforcement will soon at long last be empowered to enforce SB 1070, showing that it can be done fairly, lawfully and in harmony with civil rights and the Constitution.”