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MALDEF, ACLU and NILC to Announce Upcoming Legal Challenge to Arizona Racial Profiling Law at Press Conference in Phoenix Today
PHOENIX - April 29 - Today at 11:00 a.m. (MST), MALDEF, the
American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arizona and the National
Immigration Law Center (NILC) will hold a news conference on the House
of Representatives Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol Building in
Phoenix, Arizona to announce that they are preparing an upcoming legal
challenge to Arizona's extreme racial profiling law. The new law
essentially requires police to demand "papers" from anyone they suspect
isn't authorized to be in the United States. The unconstitutional law,
the groups say, encourages racial profiling, endangers public safety and
betrays American values.
Speakers will include Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel; Alessandra Soler Meetze, Executive Director of the ACLU of Arizona; Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America; Richard Chavez, civil rights leader; and Linda Ronstadt, multi-Grammy winning artist and human rights advocate.
Fifteen years ago, MALDEF, ACLU and NILC successfully challenged Proposition 187 in the state of California, where a voter-approved initiative required proof of legal status to access virtually all public services. The enactment of Prop 187, as it was commonly referred to, tore apart schools and communities across the state as fear and suspicion became pervasive, and the state wasted tens of millions of dollars defending a law ultimately struck down as unconstitutional.
News Conference to Condemn SB1070, MALDEF, ACLU, ACLU of Arizona, and NILC Announce Upcoming Legal Challenge
Richard Chavez, Civil Rights Leader (brother of Cesar Chavez); Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of United Farm Workers of America and Founder of The Dolores Huerta Foundation; Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF; Alessandra Soler Meetze, Executive Director of the ACLU of Arizona; and Linda Ronstadt, Recording Artist and Human Rights Advocate
April 29, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. MST
House of Representatives Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol Building
1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007-2890