News coverage of SB 1070 lawsuits in April 2010 began with an Associated Press report in the Arizona Daily Star, Obama calls Ariz. immigration bill ‘misguided,’ vows review, in which President Obama criticized the law and called for the Department of Justice to review the law. That same day, the Arizona Republic ran an editorial, Arizona immigration law: History, background, that was one of the few articles to provide a historical context to the law.
On April 23 the Republic ran Arizona immigration bill: Mayor Gordon says Phoenix may sue, about the mayor of Phoenix considering suing the state of Arizona for passing SB 1070, which he described as unconstitutional and unenforceable. On April 27, the Republic ran Mayor Gordon backs off vote to sue Arizona over immigration, in which the mayor admitted that he didn’t have enough support from the City Council to file a lawsuit. Also on April 27, the Republic ran Flagstaff joins Phoenix in reviewing immigration legal options, about the Flagstaff City Council considering its own lawsuit against SB 1070. On April 28, the Republic ran Arizona immigration law: Mayor Gordon still pushing lawsuit, about the mayor deciding to pursue a lawsuit even without the support of the City Council.
On April 25 the Republic ran Court fight looms on new immigration law, about the fight over SB 1070 shifting from the Legislature to the courtroom. The article provided legal analysis from both sides of the debate. On April 28, the Republic reported in Arizona immigration law: Clergy group to file lawsuit, that the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders planned to file a lawsuit against SB 1070.
The Star reported on April 29 in Tucson cop first to sue to block AZ immigration law, that a Tucson police officer filed the first lawsuit against SB 1070. The report said that the police officer claimed that SB 1070 would make it more difficult to investigate crime in “Hispanic-prevalent areas.” The Star also ran a report, 2 lawsuits challenge Arizona’s immigration law, by Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services, about the Latino clergy organization filing their lawsuit against SB 1070.
On April 30, the Nogales International ran Immigration law exposes county to lawsuit blitz about the Santa Cruz County Attorney saying that SB 1070 could raise the insurance premiums the county pays for protection against lawsuits.
Also on April 30, the Republic ran Arizona immigration law hit with its first 3 lawsuits, about a Phoenix police officer filing the third lawsuit against SB 1070.
News coverage in April 2010 of lawsuits against SB 1070 concluded with the Star running a report, US lawyers look at AZ’s immigration law, about the coming lawsuit from the federal government.