Posting themselves between Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, a couple dozen demonstrators from civil rights and immigrant-aid groups took aim Wednesday at the only part of Arizona's immigration law that the U.S. Supreme Court did not overturn Monday.
Their target was the provision known as "show me your papers," requiring police to verify the immigration status of anyone they detain for any offense.
The practical result will be racial profiling, warned speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the NAACP, the New Sanctuary Movement, and the Latino community support group Juntos.
They predicted that Arizonans will be singled out for interrogation based on their language, accents, and skin color. And that, said John Jordan, the Pennsylvania NAACP's director of civic engagement, is "a profoundly backward interpretation of civil rights."