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Maria Archuleta, ACLU, (212) 519-7808 or 549-2666;
Lindsay Nordstrom, ACLU of Arizona, (602) 773-6005
Laura Rodriguez, MALDEF, (310) 956-2425
Grace Chang, MALDEF, (909) 706-5147
Donald Gatlin, MALDEF, (202) 821-7923

MALDEF, ACLU and NILC to Announce Upcoming Legal Challenge to Arizona Racial Profiling Law at Press Conference in Phoenix Today


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

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 Announce Upcoming Legal

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

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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