Civil Rights Coalition Files Lawsuit Against SB1070

A coalition of 14 civil rights groups filed a 98-page lawsuit challenging the legality of Arizona state law SB1070, which criminalizes the presence of undocumented immigrants.

According to the newspaper La OpiniónThe class action lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges that the state law violates the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, will lead to racial profiling against people of color, and interferes with federal law. The coalition seeks to prevent SB1070 from taking effect on July 29.

Led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the coalition also includes the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), among other groups.

This is the fifth lawsuit against SB1070 in Arizona. Two Hispanic police officers, one from Tucson and one from Phoenix, who oppose the new regulation, have also filed lawsuits.