NAACP SUPPORTS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAWSUIT AGAINST THE ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW

The NAACP urged the Justice Department to file the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s law targeting illegal immigrants. Hillary Shelton of the NAACP commends the Justice Department for “moving expeditiously.”    The DOJ lawsuit will argue that Arizona’s new measure requiring state and local police to question and possibly arrest illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws is a state takeover of federal authority.     Shelton says it is an “equal protections challenge” with a state policy that would be pervasively discriminatory, based on stopping and detaining individuals based on their appearance. The NAACP is looking for at the very least, a temporary injunction pending the outcome of the lawsuit.
The rights group has heard that some Arizona authorities are not enforcing the law because of the discriminatory nature. Shelton contends this law does not just target Latino’s but Caribbean nationals too.


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