The Crescent Report

October 11, 2010

Court Issues decision on Civil Rights Coalition Lawsuit against Arizona Racial Profiling Law

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 1:37 pm


There seems to be some slight legal progress in overturning arizona’s racist, zonophobic law SB1070. Check out the piece below.

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Court Issues decision on Civil Rights Coalition Lawsuit against Arizona Racial Profiling Law

“Plaintiffs in Friendly House et. al. v. Whiting et al. won an important legal victory in their constitutional challenge to SB 1070, Arizona’s racial profiling law. Among other things, the Court found that the plaintiffs’ claim that “Racial discrimination was a motivating factor for [S.B.] 1070’s enactment” establishes a valid constitutional challenge to the law. This decision was filed in response to the defendants’ motions to dismiss the case and the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction. Today’s order is an important first step in challenging this unconstitutional law. “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,” said Omar Jadwat, a staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. “This law violates the Constitution and interferes with federal law, and we are confident that we will prevent it from ever taking effect.”


The lawsuit charges that the Arizona law unlawfully interferes with federal power and authority over immigration matters in violation of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution; invites racial profiling against people of color by law enforcement in violation of the equal protection guarantee and prohibition on unreasonable seizures under the 14th and Fourth Amendments; and infringes on the free speech rights of day laborers and others in Arizona.


An extreme law that puts Arizona completely out of step with American values of fairness and equality, MAS-Freedom along with its civil rights coalition, will continue its legal fight until all of SB 1070 is taken of the books.



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