MALDEF Calls On AZ Governor To Veto Most Anti-Immigrant Piece of Legislation in the U.S.

Flawed legislation will lead to rampant civil rights violations

April 16, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz issued a letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer calling for a veto of the most draconian anti-immigrant legislation approved by a state body in the nation.

The measure, SB 1070, will soon go before the Senate for a final vote, and, if passed, Governor Brewer will have the option to veto the bill.

“We urge Governor Brewer to recognize that SB 1070 goes well past the line where political symbolism becomes dangerous policy and irresponsible lawmaking. This law is an open invitation to racial discrimination, community discord, and naked clash between state and federal government. The law's constitutional flaws will inevitably attract costly legal challenges, to the detriment of all Arizona. Responsible leadership demands a veto.”

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