ACLU Racial Profiling App Allows Users to Report Abuse Under Arizona Immigration Law

Carolina Moreno, Huffington Post, June 19, 2013

Critics of Arizona’s SB 1070 have found a new way of fighting the controversial law–technology.

On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona released a bilingual mobile phone application that not only informs users of their rights when stopped by law enforcement officers, but also allows them to report racial profiling under SB 1070.

Arizona’s SB 1070 originally barred undocumented immigrants from working in the state, allowed for arrests without warrants in some situations and made it a state crime for immigrants to not carry papers. Those three provisions were struck down by the Supreme Court in June 2012, but one other provision stood–section 2B, which requires police officers to check the immigration status of a detained, stopped or arrested person if they reasonably suspect he or she could be an undocumented immigrant.

The ACLU is fighting back with its app, which gives users access to an online form, in English and Spanish, to report abuse under the state law. The app also offers a section with information concerning legal rights when stopped for questioning by a police officer. The ACLU’s new technology will also include videos of individuals who have been victims of racial profiling, and an interactive map tracking other incidents in the area.

The Arizona chapter of the nonprofit organization said the Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070 prompted the creation of the mobile app.

“They struck down as unconstitutional three of the four provisions of the law, and basically when it comes to section 2B the court said ‘look you have to bring us more examples, more evidence of abuses under this provision of the law’,” Alessandra Soler, Executive Director of Arizona’s ACLU division, told The Huffington Post. “That is for us the motivating factor, to document the abuses that we know are going on and then collect enough of them so that we can go back to court and also get that provision struck down.”

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  • Manaphy

    Yeah, this is starting to get ridiculous. it seems that the ACLU has completely run out of anti-white ideas so now they are giving teenage hipsters in Boston and San Francisco Iphone apps. Get ready for a new wave of racism everyone.

  • Doesn’t ANYONE in Arizona ever stand up to the ACLU over there besides Jan and Joe?
    Well, to all the employees of the ACLU in Arizona, tell John McCain that D.B. Cooper says, “What’s up?” the next time he stops over there to receive his orders.

  • Pulled over and suspected of being in the country illegally?
    There’s an app for that.
    My guess is that Carlos Slim will be a huge supporter and distributor of it.

    • The__Bobster

      Carlos Slim gets ten bucks for every Obongophone given out.

      • Yes, it gets money for giving them out and then money for providing the cell service. …. A Mexican owned corporation hauling money out of this county’s coffers by the multi hundred million per year.

  • Anglokraut

    An interactive map that tracks other “incidences”? West Mesa will be ablaze with little red dots.

  • Spartacus

    Disgusting.

  • The__Bobster

    The ACLU – destroying America one court case at a time.

    • Hirschibold

      No comparable app will be handed out in New York. Asking for proof of residency in Arizona while a suspect is already in detention is terribly racist. Searching blacks and Hispanics in NYC without probable cause will continue with very little intransigence from the ACLU. Why? Because the perception is that working class whites deserve to be punished, and if a few get killed by vehicular manslaughter in Phoenix with some highly inebriated illegals, or some white girl dies as collateral damage in a drive-by shooting, the feeling among the elite is “Who cares?”

      Mayor Bloomberg, however, has to get to Radio Music Hall or the Met Opera on time, and so a full cavity search is in order for all the Puerto Ricans kids in the Boogie Down Bronx.

  • bigone4u

    The ACLU only supports “rights” that work to destroy America. The right to porn, the right to a cushy prison cell, the right to escape the death penality on a technicality for example.

  • Triarius

    Only if it is a law they disagree with. If it is a law they like, it is progressive, justified, and necessary.

  • Greg Thomas

    Any time a mexican is stopped, especially the illegal type, it will be “abuse.”

  • SFLBIB

    “…But if a computer run now amounts to compiling ‘dossiers’ on innocent citizens, the ACLU is really saying there should be no scans of databases at all. And it is very close to saying that any police investigation is illegitimate.” — “What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us” by Heather Mac Donald

  • WR_the_realist

    This is why I will never support the ACLU. Occasionally they do the right thing supporting our first, fourth, or fifth amendment rights (never the second, ninth, or tenth, of course) but most of their resources goes to two things;

    1. Prohibiting any public expression of Christianity.
    2. Aiding and abetting illegal immigration.

    I am an agnostic myself, but have no animus towards Christians. If they want to put up nativity scenes at Christmas time and sing religious Christmas carols, that’s fine by me. Unlike the ACLU, I believe in religious liberty. And as a lover of classical and early music I am well aware that an unreasonably large fraction of the best vocal music ever created is explicitly Christian in nature. If the ACLU had its druthers we’d be banned from performing most of the music of J. S. Bach and all of the music of Thomas Tallis.