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Tuesday March 5, 2013

Immigration News:  ACLU Keeps Miindful Eye on Arizona’s Application of SB 1070

Immigration News:  ACLU Keeps Miindful Eye on Arizona’s Application of SB 1070

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona continues to document cases of civil rights violations under the “show me your papers” provision of the state’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law.

“We continue working with different organizations across the state to document cases of people who have been detained illegally and have been victims of racial profiling,” Allessandra Soler, executive director of the Arizona ACLU, told Efe on Monday.

Complaints are received on a telephone line (1-855-225-8291), which has been operational since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last June that parts of SB 1070 could stand.

Reports have also been received on that line since last September about the application of the law’s Subsection 2(b), which requires state and local law enforcement officers to verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.

The ACLU of Arizona has received more than 2,000 calls on the hotline since last June.

The ACLU is documenting cases of citizens and legal residents who suspect their rights have been violated under the “show me your papers” provision.

“We get calls from mothers who have been detained when they were walking after dropping their kids off at school. We have received calls from students who have been handed over to immigration by police who are protected under SB 1070,” Soler said.

She added that all these incidents are being documented as evidence for a future lawsuit.


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