Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Official: Mayor can't challenge AZ immigration law

clipped from news.yahoo.com

PHOENIX – 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 target the law without the support of the City Council.

Gordon was hoping to file a lawsuit to stop 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.

State lawmakers who pushed for the new law had cited the fatal shooting of a cattle rancher near the Arizona-Mexico as evidence that border security must be strengthened.

Krentz was on his all-terrain vehicle checking water lines and fencing when he was shot March 27 on his 35,000-acre ranch northeast of Douglas, Ariz. The wounded rancher managed to speed away before he lost consciousness and died.

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