Urge Attorney General Holder to protect constitutional rights of all Arizona residents

Arizona's harsh new anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, requires the police to investigate and detain anyone who could "reasonably be suspected" of being an undocumented immigrant, and even makes it a crime for legal immigrants not to have papers proving their immigration status. The bill is a clear violation of 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable government search and seizure, and, just as in the 1960's, federal action is needed to protect civil rights in a  state where the governor and legislature are writing racial discrimination into the law. Click here to sign an online petition urging Attorney General Holder to enforce the Constitution by blocking the enforcement of Arizona's anti-immigrant racial-profiling bill.

If no injunction is obtained by the Department of Justice, SB 1070 will go into effect in August, creating a unique and frightening situation within Arizona's borders where anyone who forgets to carry identification or papers proving immigration status could be picked up by police. Arizona will become a place where someone who appears to be a Latino or speaks English with an accent will be at constant risk of being stopped and interrogated by law enforcement.  and undocumented immigrants who are victims of or witnesses to violent crime will be afraid to cooperate with authorities — which is why the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police opposes the bill, saying in a statement (.pdf) that it "will negatively affect the ability of law enforcement agencies across the state to fulfill their many responsibilities in a timely manner."