Rights groups say they will challenge new Arizona immigration law.

Four groups that advocate for immigrant rights said Thursday they…

Four groups that advocate for immigrant rights said Thursday they plan to challenge Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, which allows police to ask anyone for proof of legal U.S. residency.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arizona and the National Immigration Law Center will hold a news conference Thursday in Phoenix to announce the legal challenge, the groups said.

The law, signed by Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last week, encourages racial profiling, endangers public safety and betrays American values, the rights groups said in a news release.

Brewer and others who support the law say it does not involve racial profiling.

“Racial profiling is illegal,” Brewer said after signing the bill Friday. “It is illegal in America, and it’s certainly illegal in Arizona.”

The law requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there is reason to suspect they’re in the United States illegally. It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant day laborers or knowingly transport them.
Brewer also issued an executive order that requires additional training for local officers on how to implement the law without engaging in racial profiling or discrimination.

Source: CNN

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  • Ken B

    SCREW ‘EM! The law is perfectly written and will withstand any legal challenge thrown at it. ANY individual in this country is required to produce I.D. when a cop requests it. Why should Mexicans be exempt from that? Don’t tell me they are all great people “just trying to improve their lives”. The guy that burglarizes your house is “just trying to improve his life” so why do you call the cops on him? He burglarizes your house, Illegals burglarize our NATION.