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.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.