MALDEF Briefing for Entertainment Industry on Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Law

Eva Longoria Parker, left, and MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, right.

On Monday, May 10, 2010, Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF and Eva Longoria Parker, actress, activist and MALDEF Board Member, led a standing-room-only town hall briefing for the entertainment industry to discuss Arizona's anti-immigrant and racial profiling law SB 1070 and its amendment, HB 2162.

Held at the Los Angeles office of talent agency CAA, where Longoria is represented, MALDEF provided information to entertainment and non-entertainment industry professionals.

SB 1070 creates a new state crime for failure to carry proof of immigration status. Rather than protecting and serving Arizona communities, the fatally flawed SB 1070 will now compel police officers to ostracize those most in need of protection, like victims and witnesses of crimes. Further, SB 1070 violates the constitutional authority of the federal government to regulate immigration policy. HB 2162, the supposed "fix" to flaws found in SB 1070, also fails to specify measures to prevent the unscrupulous racial profiling of Arizona residents and visitors. Rather, these "fixes" grant legal cover for discrimination, creating a pretext to provide legitimacy for detentions and arrests based on alleged, minor, technical violations of the law.

MALDEF, along with other civil rights organizations, filed suit to challenge Arizona's anti-immigrant and racial profiling law on May 17, 2010. Attendees pledged their continued support for organizations like MALDEF that continue to fight against SB 1070 and HB 2162. The group's encouraging response highlights the importance of standing up for the rights of all Arizona residents.

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