Critics have said the law, which requires local law enforcement to check the immigration status of people stopped for other reasons, opens the door to warrantless arrests simply for looking like an illegal immigrant, but proponents note that the law specifically forbids racial profiling.
And Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the law in April, fought back Wednesday against the ACLU‘s new alert. Her office issued a statement saying that the ACLU’s actions proved how “hopelessly out of touch they are with the vast majority of Arizonans, as well as most Americans.”
“The legislation includes very specific language that makes it abundantly clear that racial profiling is and will continue to be illegal in Arizona,” Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman said. “Instead of spreading fear, hate, and disinformation about the legislation, it would be helpful for the ACLU to instead join Governor Brewer’s demand that the federal government stop discussing and begin implementing an honest plan to secure our nation’s border.”
American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in Arizona, New Mexico and 26 other states put out the warnings in advance of the Fourth of July weekend. The Arizona chapter has received reports that law enforcement officers are already targeting some people even though the law doesn’t take effect until July 29, its executive director said. (Source: Fox News)
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