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San Diego ACLU Wants To Make Sure SB1070 Stays In Arizona

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Aired 5/17/10

The head of the American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego says he and his staff helped craft the lawsuit against Arizona's controversial new immigration law. The ACLU and other civil rights groups sued all Arizona counties and sheriffs on Monday arguing the law is unconstitutional.

The head of the American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego says he and his staff helped craft the lawsuit against Arizona's controversial new immigration law. The ACLU and other civil rights groups sued all Arizona counties and sheriffs on Monday arguing the law is unconstitutional.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands near the border fence in Nogales, Arizona, May 2, 2010.
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Above: A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands near the border fence in Nogales, Arizona, May 2, 2010.

Kevin Keenan, who directs the ACLU in San Diego and Imperial Counties says his office sent an employee to the Arizona office to help interview plaintiffs for the lawsuit.

Keenan says he wants to make sure Arizona's immigration law SB1070 stops in Arizona.

"We're afraid about a spillover effect to California and particularly the border region. We want more people to understand that this isn't just about the immigration debate, that this law is much more dangerous for a range of civil liberties issues," says Keenan.

The ACLU's suit to stop Arizona's law says SB1070 essentially requires police to rely on racial profiling to determine who is undocumented. Keenan says that makes anyone with brown or olive skin a target.

The suit also says Arizona's law violates the first amendment's guarantee of free speech.

The law could take effect in July.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | May 17, 2010 at 3:56 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

"We're afraid about a spillover effect to California and particularly the border region." - Kevin Keenan, Local ACLU Syndicate Boss

And you should be Keenan, as the people of California are not on your side. I have spoken to many different people from all walks of life and ethnic background. They almost universally support the Arizona law and think California should enact similar legislation.

Protecting our borders and enforcing immigration law is important, not only to our citizens, but to current and future immigrants going through the legal process to become one.

Every single illegal alien who remains in America is a slap in the face to all immigrants who jumped through the legal hoops to get here. Jumping through a hole in a fence is both morally and legally wrong.

Keenan, you have no compassion or respect for legal immigrants. What you are doing is flat out wrong and the people of California will succeed in passing similar legislation as Arizona despite your propaganda campaign of legal threats, fear, and hate.

RESPECT LEGAL IMMIGRANTS, SUPPORT THE ARIZONA LAW IN CALIFORNIA!

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Avatar for user 'dherrer1'

dherrer1 | May 18, 2010 at 9:56 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

I also think what the ACLU is doing is wrong and actually dangerous for them. If they win Arizona goes back to where it was, if they lose this type of law SB1070 will spread like a wild fire across the USA. Illegal immigration is just plain wrong and it is a tool used by the Mexican government to export it's failed social and govermental programs. Mexico is a VERY RICH county and could solve it's own problems but why should they if they can just allow it's poor to leave the country and once in the USA send back 20 billion dollars a year to friends and family. SB1070 should go further and require Federal agencies to inspect work sites on a regular basis. Take 10 % of the ICE agents now on the border and move them into the urban areas so they can audit employers for I9 complice. USHA does it all the time for safety compliance. I think this would go far in sending the message south that the "old times" are gone and Mexico needs to solve it's own problems.

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Avatar for user 'anabeth'

anabeth | May 18, 2010 at 1:42 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

It seems that most Californians are in agreement with Arizona's SB1070 and would like to have a similar law here. The law itself it very simple and really does nothing more than verify and encourage current federal laws that are blatantly being ignored.

I've been in contact with several people who currently live in Arizona and they no longer feel safe in their own homes. They want SB1070 to become order of the day very soon.

The American Criminal Liberties Union seems very often to be acting against the majority of the population of the U.S.

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Avatar for user 'SomeCents'

SomeCents | May 18, 2010 at 3:44 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Support for illegal aliens entering the USA = PRO SLAVERY
Elites that hire ILLEGAL ALIENS do so for cheap illegal labor

Once again the ACLU is
- not defending Americans
- not defending Civil Liberties, instead defending slavery
- a Union of elitists that are out of touch
STOP SLAVERY IN THE USA...Illegal Aliens and/or Undocumented Workers by any other name are still slaves.

However, the fact that ILLEGAL ALIENS in USA are living in
extreme overcrowding, homeless, ...
Means they have worse housing then slaves had prior to 1865 in the USA.
ILLEGAL ALIENS in USA getting food stamps and welfare to eat, means they are treated worse then slaves prior to 1865 because slaves were fed on the plantation.
ILLEGAL ALIENS in USA getting clothing from donation organizations and donation boxes sitting in various parking lots, again means they are not being paid enough to get their own clothing, which is worse than slaves prior to 1865 when their masters clothed them.

Support exploiting illegal aliens via amnesty citizenship, via another visa
guest worker program, via permitting anchor babies, you are PRO SLAVERY.

You should be fighting for HUMAN RIGHTS in Mexico, Guatemala, Vietnam, etc. So poor people do not have to be ILLEGALLY ENSLAVED in the USA

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Avatar for user 'clsullivan'

clsullivan | May 19, 2010 at 8:31 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

CALIFORNIA CODE PENAL CODE. 834b. (a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully cooperate with the States Immigration and Naturalization Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.
(b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected of being present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the following:
(1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding documentation to indicate his or her legal status.
(2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or leave the United States.
(3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal status and provide any additional information that may be requested by any other public entity.
(c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city, county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly prohibited.

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Avatar for user 'randolphslinky'

randolphslinky | May 19, 2010 at 3:28 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

The current supposed lawsuits/threats of lawsuits against Arizona's new law are nothing more than political posturing and hype. They have no basis for being brought forward. The law is legal and it's embarrassing that officials from San Francisco, LA, and San Diego are involved in promoting an anti business stance with Arizona over this.

Sad and ironic as well is that CA is barely solvent as it is - I believe the state's credit rating is somewhere just above Greece's and yet they want to try and stick it to Arizona! Yes, let's just keep rolling out the social programs to those who aren't paying taxes, raising taxes for those who do, and chasing business out of the state - see where that leads.

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Avatar for user 'joflo57'

joflo57 | May 25, 2010 at 12:34 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Proud to be a member of the ACLU. This organization champions the rights of the underdog and fights the good fight on behalf of innocent people under attack.

In this case, a twisted law, SB1070 has been passed in Az, which tramples on the rights of citizens of color by inviting racial profiling. When the authors of the bill cannot provide an answer as to what criteria should be used to identify an "illegal alien" you know this is a job for the ACLU.

No amount of anti-immigrant rhetoric or mass appeal can ever justify a law that throws out our rights. The framers were wise in providing for a judicial branch to limit these types of expedient if not wrong-minded laws.

Thanks to the ACLU for taking up yet another just cause.

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