Humanitarian and philanthropist singer Shakira took a stand in Phoenix on Thursday, addressing the sweeping new Arizona state crackdown on illegal immigration.

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The Grammy-winner, who is from Colombia, says her main concern is how this will affect racial issues with the Latino community. "I heard about it on the news and I thought, 'Wow,'" Shakira told AP. "It is unjust and it's inhuman, and it violates the civil and human rights of the Latino community... It goes against all human dignity, against the principles of most Americans I know."

The law allows police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they're illegal immigrants. It has been criticized by President Obama and at least three Arizona cities are looking at filing lawsuits to block the law, and others to repeal it.

"I'm not an expert on the Constitution but I know the Constitution exists for a reason," Shakira told reporters. "It exists to protect human beings, to protect the rights of people living in a nation with or without documents. We're talking about human beings here."

Shakira recently debuted her new single, "Gyspy," on "American Idol."

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