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Maria Archuleta, ACLU, (212) 519-7808 or
Lindsay Nordstrom, ACLU of Arizona,
(602) 773-6005
Laura Rodriguez, MALDEF, (310)
Grace Chang, MALDEF, (909) 706-5147
Donald Gatlin, MALDEF, (202) 821-7923

MALDEF, ACLU and NILC to Announce Challenge to Arizona Racial Profiling Law at Press Conference in Phoenix on Thursday

Civil Rights Leaders Dolores Huerta and Richard Chavez Joined by Famed Musician and Arizona Native Linda Ronstadt to Condemn New Law


On Thursday, April 29, 2010 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 steps of the State Capitol Executive Tower in Phoenix,
Arizona to announce that they are preparing to challenge Arizona's
extreme new law, which requires law enforcement to question people about
their immigration status during everyday police encounters and
criminalizes immigrants for failing to carry their "papers." 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

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

News Conference to Condemn SB1070,
MALDEF, ACLU, ACLU of Arizona, and NILC Promise Legal Challenge

, 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

The steps of the State Capitol
Executive Tower
1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix,
AZ 85007-2890

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