When the Department of Justice filed suit this week to block Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, it joined other notable institutions also suing to block the legislation. The American Bar Association (ABA) filed it brief on June 30 in the same federal district court of Arizona where the U.S. government filed its brief.
Its brief was filed in support of the class-action lawsuit launched by the American Civil Liberties Union (ALU). In a prepared statement the ABA stated “the ABA has long opposed initiatives such as SB 1070, which by their plain language, can only be implemented by intruding on the civil rights of both citizens and non-citizens.”
The week before the ABA suit the Mexican government also filed a brief against Arizona’s SB 1070 to ensure its citizens are “accorded human and civil rights when present in the US”. Arizona also faces lawsuits filed against it independent of the ACLU, ABA and Mexican government filings.
The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders and several Tucson police officers were some of the first to file against SB 1070.