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Attorney: Immigration law puts cop's job at stake

Attorney: Immigration law puts cop's job at stake

A Phoenix police officer's attorney says the officer could be fired if he doesn't enforce Arizona's new state immigration law, which he has sued to block.
Officer David Salgado and the statewide nonprofit group Chicanos Por La Causa filed one of seven lawsuits to try to overturn the law.
Attorneys for the Arizona governor told U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton Thursday that the lawsuit should be dismissed because Salgado and the group lack legal standing to sue and that there's no valid claim of immediate harm.
Bolton didn't rule immediately after hearing approximately 40 minutes of arguments on Gov. Jan Brewer's dismissal motion.
Instead she began hearing arguments on the challengers' request for an order blocking implementation of the law beginning July 29.
The law requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person's immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally. It also makes it a state crime for immigrants to not carry immigration documents.
Supporters say the law was needed because the federal government hasn't adequately confronted illegal immigration in Arizona, the busiest illegal gateway for immigrants into the United States. Opponents say the law would lead to racial profiling and distract from police officers' traditional roles in combating crimes in their communities.


Updated : 2021-04-14 19:13 GMT+08:00