As the controversy surrounding the new Arizona immigration law continues, more individuals and organizations are threatening to sue the state over the provision they consider unconstitutional.
On April 29, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Arizona and the National Immigration Law Center held a news conference in Phoenix to announce a legal challenge to the recently signed SB1070.
"A vigorous and sophisticated legal challenge will be mounted, in advance of SB1070’s implementation, seeking to prevent this unconstitutional and discriminatory law from ever taking effect," said MALDEF president and general counsel Thomas A. Saenz.
The announcement came as a Tucson, Ariz. police officer Martin H. Escobar asked that local law enforcement be exempt from enforcing the new immigration law in a lawsuit filed in Federal court on April 29, according to CNN.
Escobar was quoted by the news provider as saying that the bill will "seriously impede law enforcement investigations and facilitate the successful commission of crimes."
The law’s opponents allege that by making it a state misdemeanor for foreign nationals not to register and carry their documents with them, and by allowing police to inquire as to the immigration status of persons they consider "reasonably suspicious," the law opens up doors for racial profiling of ethnic minorities.