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Old 05-03-2010, 09:21 PM
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Unfortunately for some of us Mayor Phil Gordon will not be able to file a lawsuit against the immigration law.
A proposed legal challenge to Arizona's new immigration law took a hit Monday when the Phoenix city attorney said Mayor Phil Gordon doesn't have the power to challenge it without the support of the City Council.Gordon was hoping to challenge the law requiring local and state law enforcement officers to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.After failing to gather enough support from City Council members, Gordon had claimed he could file a lawsuit without their approval.But the legal opinion by City Attorney Gary Verburg said only the City Council has the power to authorize lawsuits.
However, it does not prevent other officials from challenging the law.
Meanwhile, a delegation of local officials from Arizona planned to meet Tuesday in Washington, D.C., with a representative of he U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division to discuss the impact that law will have on the Latino community.Arizonans who plan to attend include Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and the Rev. Saul Montiel of Epworth United Methodist Church in Phoenix.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government may go to court to challenge the new law.Eliseo Medina, international executive vice president at Service Employees International Union, said the Arizona delegation asked for the meeting to convey a sense of urgency about the need for legal action.
Official: Mayor can't challenge AZ immigration law - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100503/ap_on_re_us/us_immigration_enforcement_1;_ylc=X3oDMTB0ZW43bWps BF9TAzIxNTExMDUEZW1haWxJZAMxMjcyOTMwOTA5 - broken link)
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