Immigrant Rights

Arizona’s Anti-Immigration Law

07.20.12

In April 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070, an anti-immigrant law that effectively requires police to engage in racial profiling. MALDEF, the ACLU, and the National Immigration Law Center announced that they will sue to block the law from going into effect. The U.S. Department of Justice has also sued, and several of the laws provisions have been blocked, pending the case’s resolution. Read more. Arizona v. United States went before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 25, 2012 where the Justices heard the arguments on provisions that are being challenged in SB 1070. The Court is expected to announce their ruling in June. Click here to read the fact sheet on SB 1070.

The law has inspired similar laws in other states, including Alabama. In response to these unconstitutional laws, the ACLU of Ohio issued a travel advisory and wallet card for Ohioans to protect themselves from unfair racial profiling and inform them of their rights when stopped by police. Click here to view the press release and materials. En Español.

Let’s stand united to end discriminatory policies that unfairly target racial minorities. Sign the online petition and urge President Obama to put a stop to such laws such as Arizona SB 1070. En Español.