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Civil Rights Groups Seek To Stop Arizona Immigration Law In Federal Court

A coalition of civil rights groups — including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the National Immigration Law Center — filed a lawsuit in federal court today, seeking to stop SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law, from taking effect on July 28.

According to NPR's Ted Robbins, reporting from Tucson, Arizona, the suit says the Arizona law illegally preempts federal law and violates civil rights. (You can read the complaint here, in full.)

SB 1070 would require local police to question the immigration status of anyone they stop, and to arrest those individuals who are unable to prove their status.

In a conference call with reporters today, Lucas Guttentag, founding national director of the Immigrants' Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, said that the law will target legal residents, not just undocumented aliens: "It will cause discrimination, hostility and suspicion, based on color, accent and appearance."

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