'Racist' US law sparks protests in 70 cities
Published 01/05/2010 | 05:00
Arizona's controversial new immigration law has been hit by its first legal challenges as tens of thousands of mostly Hispanic immigrants plan to march in at least 70 American cities calling for reform.
The law, signed by Arizona's Republican governor Jan Brewer on April 23, allows police to question anyone they believe may be an illegal immigrant -- even if they are not suspected of a crime.
Los Angeles is due to stage one of the biggest marches today, and protesters will include singer Gloria Estefan and other Hispanic entertainers.
Launching the first formal legal challenge, the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders said the new law would spur "racial discrimination". (© Daily Telegraph, London)