Mexico official to boycott Arizona conference

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Associated Press

Posted on April 30, 2010 at 8:00 AM

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico (AP) — The governor of the border state of Chihuahua announced Thursday he will not attend the 28th annual Border Governor's Conference in Arizona, in protest of the state's immigration law.

The event is scheduled for early September in Phoenix.

Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza says his administration has already urged residents of Chihuahua — which borders Texas — to avoid traveling to Arizona.

The Foreign Ministry says El Salvador also has urged residents to stay out of the state.

In Mexico's capital, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard says he'll try to join lawsuits seeking to overturn the Arizona law.

Ebrard didn't explain what legal standing the Mexican capital would have before U.S. courts in any lawsuit or constitutional challenge. But he says the issue could be taken to international human rights forums.

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