Thu., June 2, 2011 10:27am (EDT)

ACLU Plans to Challenge Immigration Law
By Jeanne Bonner
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia plans to file a legal complaint against Georgia's new immigration law, known as House Bill 87. The next step will be to file an injunction to stop the law, attorneys say.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia plans to file a legal complaint against Georgia's new immigration law, known as House Bill 87. The next step will be to file an injunction to stop the law, attorneys say.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia will hold a press conference today at the state Capitol to announce a lawsuit against Georgia’s new immigration law.

The ACLU says the law promotes racial profiling, and its ‘show me your papers’ provision violates the U.S. Constitution. Specifically, it allows police officers to arrest and detail illegal immigrants, and then ask the federal government to prosecute them.

Atlanta Attorney Charles Kuck, whose firm is preparing the legal injunction, says that’s unconstitutional because only the federal government can determine immigration policy.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed the Arizona-style immigration law last month. He and other Republican officials say the state has been forced to act because the federal government has not enacted comprehensive immigration law.

They also say they were careful to avoid some of the same pitfalls found in the Arizona law.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a separate Arizona law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the country illegally. Opponents of Georgia’s law say they don’t plan to challenge that aspect of the statute.