Friday, April 23, 2010

The Rule of Law and Arizona

In the wake of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's signing of the most draconian immigration legislation in the country, a coalition of attorneys and others is emerging to challenge the new "law." Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said "we must now go to court as occurred in the 1950s and 1960s in the civil rights battles." Alia Beard Rau, Arizona Governor Signs Immigration Law; Foes Promise Fight, Arizona Republic, April 23, 2010. Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox said that the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will join in the effort to strike the new legislation down. The involvement of MALDEF and the ACLU is significant since they have recent experience with this type of litigation and have successfully challenged the City of Farmers Branch, Texas' efforts to regulate immigration as unconstitutional.

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