July 6th, 2010
01:40 PM ET

Feds to challenge Arizona immigration law

CNN Wire Staff

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The Justice Department is expected to file a legal challenge Tuesday against Arizona's controversial immigration law, according to an administration official.

The law, which is scheduled to take effect at the end of July, requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally. It also targets businesses that hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transport them.

President Barack Obama said in a speech on July 1 that the measure has "fanned the flames of an already contentious debate." Among other things, it puts pressure on police officers to enforce rules that are "unenforceable" while making communities less safe - in part, by making people more reluctant to report crimes, he said.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Robert

    Never Trust a Government who lies for years and years and they will never do whats best for the legal american people–

    July 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  2. MA Moore

    I support AZ 110%. Are we not allowed to enforce our laws? The word is ILLEGAL!

    July 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm |

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