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Arizona Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit Over New Law

Friday, 11 Jun 2010 08:36 PM

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Terry Goddard asked a judge on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the state's new immigration law.

Lawyers for both officials say the lawsuit by Washington-based researcher Roberto Frisancho should be thrown out because his claim is based on his speculation that, as a U.S.-born Hispanic, he will be asked for immigration papers as a result of the law.

The law requires police to question a person's immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally.

Brewer and Goddard's lawyers say the lawsuit doesn't take into account that the Legislature amended the law to strengthen restrictions against using race as the basis for questioning by police.

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