Four groups that advocate for immigration rights--the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arizona, and the National Immigration Law Center--said Thursday that they will challenge Arizona's controversial new immigration law, which allows police to ask anyone for proof of legal U.S. residency, reports CNN. The groups charge that the law encourages racial profiling, endangers public safety, and betrays American values. But Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and other supporters say the law does not involve racial profiling, and that officers will receive proper training on how to implement it. Thomas Jefferson Street blogger Peter Roff says that it already is an offense to be an alien and not carry papers proving legal status, and that a lot of the critical reactions to the law are full of hyperbole.
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