Shakira "Deeply Concerned" about Immigration Law

Colombian singer Shakira poses for the photographers at the Oxford University Union library after delivering a speech about universal access to education at the Union, in Oxford, England, Monday Dec. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

Colombian singer Shakira is expected to visit Phoenix on Thursday over concerns that a sweeping new state law cracking down on illegal immigration will lead to racial profiling.

Trevor Nielson, the Grammy-winner's political and philanthropic adviser, says Shakira plans to meet privately with Phoenix's police chief and mayor to learn more about how the law will be implemented if it goes into effect this summer.

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law Friday. It makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they're illegal immigrants.

Nielson says Shakira "is deeply concerned about the impact of this law on hardworking Latino families" and wants to ensure that people in Arizona aren't being targeted because of their ethnicity.

Nielson says Shakira also plans to meet with Hispanic families in Phoenix to see how they'd be affected by the law.



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