Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Amicus Briefs

After the passage of SB 1070 in Arizona, several other states followed suit, passing SB 1070 “copycat” laws that replicated the “show-me-your-papers” approach to law enforcement embodied in SB 1070. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center joined with other groups to challenge these laws through amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs. 

In Utah, APALC and Asian American Justice Center filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in Utah Coalition of La Raza, et al. v. Herbert, et al., challenging the constitutionality of HB 497, the Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act. In May 2011, the Court issued a temporary restraining order preventing HB 497 from going into effect.

In Georgia, APALC joined an amicus brief filed by the Southern Center for Human Rights in support of the plaintiffs in Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, et al. v. Deal, et al., challenging the constitutionality of HB 87 and seeking a preliminary injunction.  In June 2011, the Court granted Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction, preventing implementation of HB 87.

APALC stands in solidarity with the immigrants’ rights and civil rights groups across the country fighting harsh anti-immigrant laws and policies that are unjust and unconstitutional.


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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.