PHOENIX (February 10, 2011) – Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona announced last week that the state of Arizona will introduce several counterclaims against the U.S. government in the ongoing litigation over SB 1070, Arizona’s racial profiling law. The following can be attributed to the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), members of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, and a coalition of rights groups that also filed a lawsuit challenging SB 1070:
“Arizona’s counterclaim against the United States is a political stunt designed to distract from the reality that SB 1070’s attempt to mandate racial profiling is unconstitutional. Governor Brewer and the attorney general are simply creating a legal sideshow that will do nothing to increase border security.
“SB 1070 is a misguided law that puts Arizona out of step with fundamental values of fairness and equality, and has no place in Arizona orAmerica.”
“Arizona should be working with the federal government instead of taking America to court,” said Julie Su, APALC’s litigation director. “This legal action is a political stunt and a desperate last attempt to save SB1070, an unconstitutional law which mandates racial profiling, by blaming the federal government.”
The coalition includes the American Civil Liberties Union, MALDEF, National Immigration Law Center, APALC and AAJC (members of AsianAmerican Center for Advancing Justice), ACLU of Arizona, National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The law firms of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP; Roush, McCracken, Guerrero, Miller & Ortega; and Altshuler Berzon LLP are acting as co-counsel in the case.
Founded in 1983, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for civil rights, providing legal services and education, and building coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. APALC is a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, which also includes Asian American Institute (Chicago), Asian American Justice Center (Washington, DC) and Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco).