Arizona Immigration Law First 3 Lawsuits

The Washington, D.C.-based National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders filed a suit in U.S. District Court in downtown Phoenix on Thursday claiming the law is illegal because it usurps federal authority in immigration enforcement and may lead to racial profiling.

Two police officers, one from Phoenix and one from Tucson, each filed their own federal lawsuits. The suit on behalf of Tucson Officer Martin Escobar alleges the new immigration law violates constitutional rights and could hinder police investigations in Hispanic-prevalent areas. The lawsuit also claims it violates federal law because Tucson police and the city have no authority to perform immigration duties.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Phoenix Officer David Salgado alleges the new immigration law violates his 14th Amendment rights of equal protection under the law. According to the suit, Salgado routinely interacts with individuals who “speak little or no English, and do not have any form of state or federal identification.”

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    • destructionist
    • May 2nd, 2010

    Most people in America aren’t against immigration; they’re just against illegal immigration. For example, like most of our ancestors, my mother’s parents were immigrants. They came through Ellis Island and followed the various legal steps required in order to establish themselves as true citizens of this country. The immigrants crossing the Mexican border, however, have absolutely no interest in following these legal protocols. Once they cross the border, they change their names and/or purchase social security numbers in an effort to conceal their true identities from the law. It is not uncommon for an illegal immigrant to purchase not one, but two or more social security numbers, just in case one is flagged. I have witnessed this crime with my own eyes. (One day, a supposedly legal immigrant was asked to give their social security card to a receptionist for a job application and an interview. When the receptionist happened to ask to see the card a second time, the immigrant mistakenly handed over a different social security card with the same name on it, but with a completely different set of numbers…)

    Don’t get me wrong: I’m not against Hispanics. I have many Hispanic friends, but they either have green cards to work in the United States or have become legal citizens. They decided to follow the rule of law and work within the boundaries of our legal system. Unfortunately, many immigrants do not, and it is those particular individuals that we are most concerned about.

    Now it seems that those who sympathize with illegal immigrants wish to hijack the discussion of reform by attacking the law recently imposed by the State of Arizona through protests and boycotts; a state mind you, that has been besieged with crime, drugs and an ever-increasing population of illegal immigrants. Don’t allow them this option. Speak out and take action. This is your country… fight for it.

    In closing, I consider myself to be a bleeding-heart liberal: a Democrat. My ancestor, Roger Williams – the founder of Rhode Island and founder of the First Baptist Church in America, was one too; regarding the acceptance of different nationalities, cultures and religions as the vitality and lifeblood of any country. Nevertheless, I think that he would agree with me; that immigrants wishing to become legal citizens have not only the obligation, but the civil and legal responsibility to follow the rules of law established by any country in which they wish to become authentic citizens, just as our ancestors – both yours and mine – struggled so arduously and righteously to achieve.

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