The city council in both Tucson and Flagstaff have voted 5-1 and 7-0, respectively, to file suit against the state’s recent controversial new immigration law, which will allow police to ask anyone for proof of legal U.S. residency once it goes into effect this summer.
Opposition to the law is widespread, with proponents and opponents organizing rallies and boycotts. A number of civil rights and labor organizations, including the National Council of La Raza, the Asian American Justice Center, the Center for Community Change, the Service Employees International Union, and the United Food and Commercial Workers plan to announce a boycott of Arizona tourism and businesses located within the state this Thursday.
The mayor of Phoenix attempted to file his own suit against the law on behalf of the city but was unable to after the Phoenix city council refused to back him. Only a city council may file suit against the state.
Critics of the law claim it will lead to racial profiling, while Governor Brewer, who signed the bill April 23, and other proponents, adamantly claim it will not. Critics are also worried that the law will lead to millions lost in lawsuits over profiling as well as from a loss of tourism.
America is a land of diversity and immigration has always been a keystone of American culture. Contact the Orange County immigration lawyers of Garg & Associates at 949-540-6704 if you are looking for legal advice when it comes to immigration law.