April 27, 2010 / 11:05 PM / 9 years ago

Shakira heads to Arizona to back immigrant rights

Pop singer Shakira smiles during a ceremony before receiving the ILO (International Labour Office) medal for her support for Social Justice for Peace through her foundation in Geneva in this March 3, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Colombian-born pop star Shakira will meet with the mayor of Phoenix this week to help campaign against a new Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration, a member of the mayor’s staff said on Tuesday.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will speak with Mayor Phil Gordon, a strong critic of the new law, and other city officials on Thursday afternoon, a spokesman for the mayor said.

Shakira, best known for her hit singles “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever,” was also expected to meet with families who could be affected by the Arizona law.

Representatives for the singer declined to comment on her visit to Arizona. The newly enacted immigration statute there has come under fire from Hispanic groups, organized labor and civil liberties activists who charge the measure is unconstitutional and will lead to ethnic profiling.

Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; editing by Steve Gorman and Todd Eastham

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