April 29th, 2010
04:41 PM ET

Tucson police officer files suit over immigration law

A police officer in Tucson, Arizona, filed a lawsuit against the state's governor Thursday over a controversial new immigration law.

Officer Martin H. Escobar says in the lawsuit that there are no "race-neutral criteria or basis to suspect or identify who is lawfully in the United States."

The law allows police to ask anyone for proof of legal U.S. residency. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and others who support the law say it does not involve racial profiling or any other illegal acts.

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  1. bob.barker

    Must be one of them lieberalllls

    April 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeannie

    Thank You Officer!

    April 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HernandeUSA

    Officer Martin H. Escoba is an open-border advocate and needs to be fired!

    Your job "Officer Martin H. Escoba" is to up hold the law and not (La RAZA) the RACE!

    April 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • 6th Day

      You are really ignorant

      September 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Derek

    Read the bill. Seriously. Just google SB 1070 and read it. It does not mention race once. It's people racially profiling themselves that say this is discriminatory because they know a majority of illegal aliens in AZ are Mexican.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chip

    This is great to hear. If anyone should be upset about this idiotic law, it should be the ones being asked to carry it out against others. Hopefully more officers join the lawsuit and this issue doesn't lose the spotlight anytime soon, as it's an embarrassment to our supposed welcoming with open arms to those of any race.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. will

    If you don't like America....leave it asshole!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • 6th Day

      it is not about liking America Nazi

      September 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mdunner28

    Such a ridiculous law. There's no way it's going to hold up.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. shawn

    Hernande racial profiling is against the law and that is what he is being asked to do.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CR

    Why doesn't AZ just give all of their legal citizens bar code tattoos on their foreheads? Then they can just quietly scan people from a distance.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mrslmer

    I would not be angry or embarrassed in the least if I were stopped and asked for legalization papers. Why not? Because I have nothing to hide!! Stop allowing criminals to hide behind racism. It is bigoted to assume any one race is being targeted!! Let the bill stand!!

    April 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdunner28

      Ignorance is bliss.

      April 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DKB

    And the lunacy begins. I will never understand why people are so upset about this. It makes it illegal to do something that is already against the law. Huzzah. Nothing to do with race whatsoever, its are you legal?

    April 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. shawn

    Derek of course they aren't going to put the words race in the bill ... doing so would be illegal and unconstitutional ... but anyone with a clear head can read between the lines.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Drew

    @Derek, you can't seriously tell me that congress has European's in mind when they wrote this bill. Everyone knows who is being targeted, whether it's explicitly stated or not.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tank

    Wish I was a police officer in AZ. I'd pull over any and everyone just for the hell of it and ask for their green card or birth certificate. Maybe they should have all Mexicans wear some form of tag like the Jews did when the Nazis had them in occupied Europe. A tortilla and bean flag anyone?
    And I thought Louisianna as backwoods.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • 6th Day

      You are pathetic, I am half Hispanic and half Caucasian, and i would use my half Hispanic part to whip your ass, and I bet you would not mouth that crap of in person with no one coward

      September 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CR

    MrsImer, will you let the police search your house and your car randomly and at their whim? You know... because you have nothing to hide and all..

    April 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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