Federal Government Files Immigration Lawsuit

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 9:17am

A lawsuit was filed by the Justice Department on Tuesday that would challenge the constitutionality of Arizona's new law that targets illegal immigrants. The lawsuit sets the stage for a clash between the federal government and Arizona over the nation's toughest immigration crackdown.

The law is scheduled to go into effect at the end of July, but the suit will likely delay implementation. The lawsuit argues that Arizona's new measure requiring state and local police to question and possibly arrest illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws, like traffic stops and undermines federal authority.

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