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First Lawsuits Filed Against Arizona Immigration Law

by @ 3:17 pm on April 29, 2010. Filed under Immigration, In The News, Individual Liberty, Legal, Politics

And so, it begins:

PHOENIX — An Arizona police officer and a Latino group filed the first legal challenges of Arizona’s sweeping new law cracking down on illegal immigration Thursday.

Fifteen-year Tucson police veteran Martin Escobar argues there’s no way for officers to confirm people’s immigration status without impeding investigations. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tucson, alleges the new immigration law violates numerous constitutional rights and could hinder police investigations in Hispanic-prevalent areas.

A Latino Clergy group also sued Thursday in federal court in Phoenix. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders will seek an injunction preventing authorities from enforcing the law.

The group argues federal law pre-empts state regulation of national borders, and that Arizona’s law violates due process rights by letting police detain suspected illegal immigrants before they’re convicted.


Other Hispanic and civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, are also planning lawsuits

Additionally, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is still considering whether or not to challenge the law, and the Mayor of Phoenix says he will file a suit on his own after being prevented from filing on the city’s behalf by the Republican-controlled City Council.

Before long, one of this suits will result in an injunction that will prevent the law from going into effect until after the legal issues have been litigated fully. Count on it.

A copy of the Escobar suit is below the fold

Escobar v. Brewer

2 Responses to “First Lawsuits Filed Against Arizona Immigration Law”

  1. Al says:

    How do we know that Mr. Escobar wasn’t born in Belize and then secreted up Arizona when he was a boy with orders to join the police force in Tucson so he could file this lawsuit as soon as the bill was passed?

    Clearly, we’re going to need to see his birth certificate.

  2. ? says:

    How do we know that brewer has a brain? Judging from her actions, her brains seems underdeveloped.

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