Arizona seeks dismissal of lawsuit over new law

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's office has filed a motion to dismiss another lawsuit that seeks to overturn the state's new immigration law.

Brewer says the legal papers filed by her defense team Friday evening asks a federal judge to throw out the suit by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups that challenge the law's constitutionality.

The law takes effect July 29 and requires officers, while enforcing other laws, to question a person's immigration status if there's a reasonable suspicion that he or she is in the country illegally.

At least five legal challenges have been filed to the law since Brewer approved it in April. The lawsuits generally allege that Arizona's law is unconstitutional, will lead to racial profiling and argue that it's the federal government's responsibility to regulate immigration.

Brewer's staff says the law is constitutional, prohibits racial profiling and is a response to the federal government's failure to confront immigration woes.