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PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Immigration and Legal Experts to Discuss Arizona v. U.S. Supreme Court Case
Press Advisory

PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Immigration and Legal Experts to Discuss Arizona v. U.S. Supreme Court Case

The Center for American Progress invites you to a press call briefing on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

Washington, D.C. — On a press call on Wednesday, April 18 immigration policy and legal experts will walk through what to expect from the Supreme Court’s review of Arizona’s state-level immigration bill, S.B. 1070, and the legal, social, and political implications of this case for our country.

The Supreme Court’s review of Arizona’s law is a watershed moment for the United States. The decision will go far in deciding to what extent an individual state can engage in immigration enforcement and what rules a state can make regarding the immigration status and civil liberties of its residents. Historically, state efforts to enforce immigration laws and make immigration policy have been constitutionally barred or pre-empted because immigration policy is exclusively a federal responsibility. The Arizona law—and similar measures in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Utah—are, in effect, challenging that principle of federal supremacy in the field of immigration. The panel will explore the legal principles before the Court as well as the societal implications given the nation’s rapidly changing demographics and the enhanced likelihood for racial profiling.


Cecillia Wang, Director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Senior Pastor of the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix, Arizona

Grant Woods, Attorney General of Arizona from 1991-1999

Janet Murguía, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza

Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund

Angela Maria Kelley, Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy, Center for American Progress


Wednesday April 18, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET




To RSVP, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.481.8181 or [email protected].


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