Flagstaff votes to sue over Ariz. immigration law

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FLAGSTAFF -- The Flagstaff City Council has voted to sue over a new state immigration law.

The council voted 6-1 Tuesday night in favor of the resolution before a crowd that numbered in the hundreds but that dwindled significantly as the night wore on.

The state law requires 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.

The Flagstaff resolution says it's an unfunded mandate to carry out the responsibilities of the federal government. The council's vote directs the city attorney to retain legal counsel.

Councilman Scott Overton voted against the resolution. He says the move is premature and he wasn't comfortable spending scant city resources on a lawsuit.

Sharpton, mayor to participate in Arizona protest

The Rev. Al Sharpton, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Hispanic leaders will lead a Wednesday evening march to the State Capitol in a protest against Arizona's new law targeting illegal immigration.

Organizers plan a gathering at a church near downtown Phoenix and then a three-mile candlelight procession to the Capitol where
participants will join protesters holding a vigil protesting the new law.

The law's provisions include a requirement that state and local law enforcement officers question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally. It also makes it a state crime to be in the United
States illegally.
  

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