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IL immigration groups react strongly to Supreme Court ruling on AZ law

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:44:24 CDT

Latino leaders in Illinois are railing against the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow Arizona police to check the immigration papers of people they stop or detain. Lawrence Benito, with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, says it allows police to target people based on how they look.

"We feel that the Supreme Court ruling ... basically gave the green-light to racial profiling in this country, this is obviously a temporary set-back for civil rights in this country and we're going to work hard to make sure that it's a temporary set-back."

Benito says Illinois has a long history of welcoming immigrants. He says this decision will serve as a catalyst in his group's efforts to get more immigrants registered to vote.

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