Sunday, May 19, 2024

MALDEF and Coalition of Civil Rights Groups To Take Up Arizona Law in Court Today

MALDEF and a coalition of civil rights organizations will ask a judge in Phoenix, Arizona to block the controversial anti-immigration law S.B. 1070 in court today at 10 a.m. PST.

The legislation is set to be implemented in a matter of days, but MALDEF along with the other civil rights groups will make the case for blocking the law while their lawsuit claiming that it is unconstitutional is litigated. 

The anti-immigration law will face another challenge from the U.S Department of Justice today as well at a separate hearing at 1:30 p.m. PST in Phoenix.   

On May 17, MALDEF and the civil rights groups filed a lawsuit against the S.B. 1070 that claims it interferes with federal law, invites racial profiling, and violates various constitutional guarantees including the First Amendment, equal protection, and the right to travel.

The coalition is made up of MALDEF, ACLU, National Immigration Law Center (NILC), Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice), ACLU of Arizona, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The law would require law enforcement officials to question the legal status of an individual under “reasonable suspicion.”



  1. No, with the folks we have in D.C. any new commission would just ensure another layer of lawyers obstructing our civil rights.

  2. we need to run out the beacoup layers of moderates, centrists, and obstructionists already assisting the ritcheous, right wing in keeping us baffled with brilliance (aka b***s***).