Mexico and 15 other nations filed briefs this afternoon against Alabama’s strict new immigration law, saying it threatened the rights of their citizens and raised “substantial challenges” to the countries’ relationship with the United States.
“They want to make sure their citizens are treated correctly, and they have a sovereign interest in the way in which immigration law is carried out by the United States,” said Edward Still, a Birmingham attorney who filed the briefs on behalf of the nations. “They want to have one immigration law and not 50.”
In the brief filed in U.S. District Court in Huntsville, Mexico says it wants to ensure its citizens are treated fairly while in the United States.
“Mexico has an interest in protecting its citizens and ensuring that their ethnicity is not used as basis for state-sanctioned acts of bias and discrimination,” the brief says.
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay joined in a single brief this afternoon.