ADL to Supreme Court: Arizona Immigration Law Is Unconstitutional

New York, NY, March 27, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has filed an amicus brief (PDF) urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule Arizona's harsh anti-immigration law unconstitutional, saying that it would undermine essential state and federal hate crimes legislation.

Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

Arizona's harsh anti-immigration law would exacerbate fear in immigrant communities and make them feel increasingly vulnerable to hate crimes.

Victims and witnesses of hate-motivated attacks would be reluctant to speak to police for fear of repercussions as those same officers would be required to enforce immigration laws. Rather than make Arizona more secure, this law would drive a wedge between local law enforcement and the communities they are supposed to protect.

The law grew out of a frenzy of anti-immigrant rhetoric in Arizona, and has no place in a nation committed to protecting and defending those victims who are attacked due to hate, discrimination and bigotry.

While secure borders are a legitimate concern, this law is unwise and should not be implemented.   

ADL is a longtime advocate of community–police partnerships that prevent, investigate and solve hate and bias-motivated crimes. The League's brief was prepared with the assistance of David J. Bodney and Peter S. Kozinets of the Phoenix office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

On June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court struck down major sections of the Arizona law, while leaving one troubling provision in place. More

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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