Pro-immigrant activists in Georgia hailed the decision by the state Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional the placement of police checkpoints in Bibb County, southeast of Atlanta.
The roadblocks have become paradigms of policies that, disguised under the cloak of the "general interest in the fight against crime," are tirelessly working to remove the undocumented residents from the state, said Adelina Nicholls, the director of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, when the decision was made known.
Writing for the Georgia Supreme Court, Judge David Nahmias said that the practice of setting up roadblocks without any specific reason violates the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which bans unreasonable search and seizure.
The law allows roadblocks or checkpoints to be set up with a specific purpose in mind, such as arresting drunk drivers, but not to detain drivers at random.
GLAHR also pointed to the need to end the practice in other counties and cities throughout the state where similar checkpoints have been set up, the aim of which, it said, is far from fulfilling the objectives of fighting against crime.
Several organizations have come out against the practice, saying that it constitutes and facilitates racial profiling against the immigrant community.
GLAHR issued a call to the police departments in Georgia to put a stop to this practice and implement solutions and alternatives to promote safety and restore the confidence of the immigrant community in the authorities. EFE