ACLU files lawsuit challenging Georgia immigration law

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and a coalition of other civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit Thursday challenging a Georgia immigration law [HB 87 text] similar to Arizona law already being challenged in federal court. The groups filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to block the law they characterized as a “show-me-your-papers” scheme since it will force citizens to prove their identity using specific documents. Omar Jadwat, staff attorney for the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, said the Georgia law is unconstitutional because it violates the Fourth Amendment by allowing law enforcement to detain individuals without necessary papers, and it violates the Supremacy Clause because only the federal government can make such immigration regulations.

via JURIST – Paper Chase: ACLU files lawsuit challenging Georgia immigration law.



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