Arizona Cop Sues Over Immigration Law

His is among the first two lawsuits to be filed
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2010 3:00 PM CDT
Arizona Cop Sues Over Immigration Law
Demonstrators hold a sign at Wrigley Field in Chicago Thursday before a Cubs game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The first two lawsuits against Arizona's immigration law are already on the books. One comes from a Tucson cop who patrols in a heavily Hispanic area and the other from a coalition of Latino church groups. At least one more major suit—from three groups, including the ACLU of Arizona—is expected by the end of the day, reports the Arizona Republic.

In Tucson, Officer Martin Escobar's suit says the law violates the Constitution and would actually hinder police investigations. It also argues that the law illegally requires police to perform the duties of immigration officers, notes the Arizona Daily Star. Any attempt to determine immigration status would "seriously impede law enforcement investigations and facilitate the successful commission of crimes in the United States," says the suit. (Read more Arizona immigration law stories.)

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