“The law will cause violation of constitutional rights of Georgia residents, including the fourth amendment to be free from unconstitutional unreasonable searches and seizures,” says Azadeh Shahshahani of the ACLU of Georgia during a phone interview.
Shahshahani says on Wednesday, other groups including the American Immigrant Lawyers Association filed an Amicus Brief in support of the lawsuit which will also be reviewed in the hearing next week. Several activist organizations are in full support of the suit and believe the law will be blocked.
“Bottom line is that the state is stepping onto federal toes, that’s what the ruling in Arizona and Utah both indicated and we think that that’s going to be the likely outcome here in this state law as well,” says Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO in Altanta.
The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials also known as GALEO believes HB87 is not only unconstitutional, but was signed into law to create fear among the immigrant community.
“We are educated in the community about the legal process about what HB87 does and doesn’t do and we are asking the community to reject that fear,” says Gonzalez.
And The Organization of Chinese Americans is also joining the fight against that fear.
“The Asian community has had a long and documented history with racial discrimination and racial profiling and they are very concerned with the implementation of this law,” adds Shahshahani.
The law would also criminalize anyone knowingly transporting, housing, and/or helping undocumented immigrants within the state. The Federal Court hearing is set for June 20th in Downtown Atlanta where organizations involved in the litigation process and those unions and groups who have submitted Amicus Briefs, will challenge the law before a judge.