Mexican-born Tucson, Arizona police officer could easily keep a low profile on SB 1070. He's a naturalized citizen and could just keep his mouth shut regarding his concerns over the bill. Instead, Officer Escobar is the plaintiff in the first lawsuit challenging the new Arizona law. According to the
But in the wake of the April 23 signing of SB 1070, which forces police officers in Arizona to question suspects' citizenship if they have 'reasonable suspicion' that person may be in this country illegally, Escobar emerged as an unlikely hero to the law's opponents - and has been eviscerated by the law's supporters.
Escobar, 45, filed a federal lawsuit - one of the first - against SB 1070, which has ignited a maelstrom over the role of local police in enforcing federal immigration laws. A second police officer in Phoenix also filed a lawsuit.
'I didn't do this for me,' said Escobar, who in addition to his police career is a martial-arts champion and owner of a jiu-jitsu studio.
Escobar did it for the Latino residents he has served his whole career who he believes will be racially profiled. He did it for his fellow officers, who he believes will find policing more challenging under the new law. He did it for his Mexican-born parents, legal residents who immigrated to Tucson to build a new, strong life for the family.
'My mom and dad speak with accents. They could be racially profiled,' said Escobar, a naturalized citizen.
Greg Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.