WASHINGTON (June 26, 2012)—The U.S. Justice Department has set up a hotline for the public to report civil rights concerns stemming from the Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of those they stop for other reasons.
The hotline phone number is 1-855-353-1010.
Concerns may also be e-mailed to SB1070@usdoj.gov.
The Supreme Court unanimously approved Arizona's "show-me-your-papers" requirement on Monday, but struck down other provisions of the law that created state crimes allowing local police to arrest people for federal immigration violations.
In his majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy also said the law could and suggested it should be read to avoid concerns that status checks could lead to prolonged detention.
He said detaining individuals solely to verify their immigration status would raise constitutional concerns, but he did not define what would constitute excessive detention.