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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Civil rights organizations to challenge HB 87

Tomorrow afternoon, representatives from the ACLU of Georgia and a collection of other civil rights organizations — including the Southern Poverty Law Center and Georgia Latino Alliance for
Human Rights — will convene on the capitol steps and announce they plan to legally challenge HB 87, Georgia's controversial anti-illegal immigration legislation.

The groups say the law, which was signed by Governor Nathan Deal last month, "establishes a 'show-me-your-papers' police state, encourages racial profiling, endangers public safety and betrays American values."

The groups and their attorneys will expound on what they believe are grounds for legal action. Meanwhile, Arizona's anti-immigration legislation — upon which Georgia's was modeled — has been blocked by a federal court. The state is appealing to the Supreme Court.

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