April 30, 2010

National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders File Lawsuits Against Arizona Immigration Law

Source: USA Today

New attacks on Arizona's controversial immigration law allowing police to stop people they suspect are in the country illegally are coming from varied fronts.

Two lawsuits were filed Thursday attacking the measure. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders filed suit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, alleging the measure is illegal because it usurps federal immigration enforcement authority and because of concerns that the law contributes to racial profiling.

The group said on its website that it represents 20,000 churches in 34 states.
An attorney representing a Tucson police officer filed suit in U.S. District Court in Tucson to block the law.

Latina pop star Shakira also has entered the fray, with announcements that she planned to discuss her concerns about the law with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Police Chief Jack Harris and other officials. Gordon has said he will sue the city to block the law from taking effect.

Officials in the state say support for the measure has been strong. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer's office said it received 5,186 telephone calls in favor of the bill and 2,006 against. Ninety percent of the telephone calls to the office of Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, a sponsor of the bill, are in favor, said Mike Philipsen, a spokesman for Arizona's Senate Republicans.

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