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July 20, 2010
4:11 PM

CONTACT: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Maria Archuleta, ACLU, (212) 519-7808 or 549-2666;

ACLU And Other Groups In Court Thursday At 10:00 a.m. PDT To Block Implementation Of Arizona's Racial Profiling Law

U.S. Department Of Justice Argument To Follow On The Same Day

PHOENIX - July 20 - On Thursday, July 22 at 10 a.m. PDT, the American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of civil rights organizations will argue in a federal court in Phoenix that Arizona's racial profiling law, known as SB 1070, should be blocked while their lawsuit against the unconstitutional measure is being litigated. Immediately after the hearing, the coalition will be available for questions from the press. The U.S. Department of Justice will also ask the court to block SB 1070 in a hearing at 1:30 p.m. PST on the same day.

The civil rights coalition filed its lawsuit challenging the extreme law on May 17, charging that it invites racial profiling, interferes with federal law and violates various constitutional guarantees including the First Amendment, equal protection and the right to travel.

The coalition includes the ACLU, MALDEF, 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 firms of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and Altshuler Berzon LLP are acting as co-counsel in the case.

Court hearing on Friendly House, et al. v. Whiting, et. al and press availability with lawyers from the civil rights coalition. Some clients represented by the coalition will also be available for interviews.

Omar Jadwat, staff attorney, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project and Nina Perales, Southwestern Regional Counsel, MALDEF will present arguments at the hearing. Karen Tumlin, Managing Attorney, NILC; Lucas Guttentag, Director, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project; Julie Su, Litigation Director, APALC; Chris Newman, Legal Director, NDLON; and co-counsel from ACLU of Arizona and Munger Tolles as well as plaintiffs from Friendly House, et al. v. Whiting, et al. will also be available for press questions.

Hearing on July 22 at 10 a.m. PDT
Outdoor press conference and press availability outside courtroom to follow immediately after hearing

Courtroom 200 (Special Procedures Courtroom)
Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse
401 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona

The motion for a preliminary injunction can be found at:


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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