Jul 23, 2012 No Comments ›› iResist
The moron squad is at it again…
Excerpted from Yahoo News:
PHOENIX (AP) — Opponents of Arizona’s hardline immigration enforcement law launched a new effort Tuesday aimed at thwarting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will allow police to enforce the so-called “show me your papers” provision.
A coalition of civil rights groups, religious leaders and business organizations filed a new request seeking a court order that would prevent authorities from enforcing a rule that requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons.
The groups are asking U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to block enforcement of the requirement before it takes effect, arguing that Latinos in Arizona would face systematic racial profiling and unreasonably long detentions under the contentious section of the 2010 law.
In their 65-page filing, the coalition claims Arizona’s immigration 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.”
They also say that immigration patrols in recent years by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio — the Arizona lawman known for his rigid stance against illegal immigration — demonstrate that the law’s requirement will disproportionately affect Latinos. Though the requirement hasn’t taken effect, Arpaio said his officers have inquired about people’s immigration status in the past.
The National Immigration Law Center is one of the groups pushing the challenge in court along with the American Civil Liberties Union, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Asian American Justice Center, National Day Labor Organizing Network and others.
Matthew Benson, a spokesman for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, said “this latest legal challenge is unsurprising as opponents of SB 1070 have indicated they’ll go to any length in order to block Arizona’s implementation of this law.