For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

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 - 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

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

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
Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse
401 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona

The motion for a preliminary
injunction can be found at:


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