Asian American Joins Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Arizona Immigration Law

We have posted stories in regards to the immigration law in Arizona known as SB 1070, you know the one where police would have the right to question anyone who ‘looks’ illegal. This law raised eyebrows of the Latin community there already and now it has the attention of Jim Shee.  Shee is an Asian American man, but with Asian Americans being the fastest growing minority in Arizona he felt this law affects minorities outside of the Latino communities as well.  Below is one of the instances that prompted Shee to join the lawsuit against this immigration law.

Shee, a Paradise Valley, Ariz., real-estate investor of Chinese and Spanish descent, was driving to meet friends for lunch on April 6, 2010, his birthday, when he stopped on a side street in west Phoenix to check a text message. A Phoenix police officer approached and tapped on his car window.

 “Let me see your papers,” Shee says the officer told him.

 “That is the very first thing he said,” recalled Shee, now 72.

 Shee, whose civil-rights battle against Arizona’s strict immigration law is credited with highlighting the law’s impact beyond the Latino community, was taken aback.

 Born in Tucson, Shee has been a U.S. citizen all his life. No police officer had ever asked him for his “papers.”

When he asked why he’d been stopped, Shee says the officer told him, “You looked suspicious.”

As you can see, this law opens up problems for any “minority” in Arizona. Check out this article via the Examiner on Asian-Americans joining the lawsuit in Arizona below:

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