Saturday, June 5, 2010

MALDEF and Other Civil Rights Groups Seek Preliminary Injunction Against SB 1070

MALDEF, the ACLU and a coalition of civil rights groups continue to apply pressure in the historic litigation against the new Arizona immigration statute. On Friday, the groups filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in the Phoenix federal court seeking to enjoin the implementation of SB 1070 pending a final decision by the court on the constitutionality of the new immigration law. The groups argue that such an extraordinary remedy is necessary in order to prevent persons of color in Arizona from being terrorized through racial profiling and incarceration. The groups also contend that such an injunction can help head off other states from enacting similar draconian immigration statutes. (Sheryl Kornman, MALDEF Asks Federal Court to Block SB 1070, KGUN9-TV, June 5, 2010; Dustin Gardiner, Civil Rights Groups Ask Court to Block Immigration Law, The Arizona Republic, June 5, 2010).

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