Former sheriff wants to join immigration lawsuit

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A former sheriff of Graham County asked a judge to make him a party in the federal government's lawsuit that succeeded in putting parts of Arizona's new immigration law on hold.

A lawyer for Richard Mack says Mack's viewpoint on whether the state law is trumped by federal law isn't being offered by other parties in the case.

His lawyer says no state would delegate its power to control its borders to the federal government without keeping its right to reassert such authority if Washington failed to adequately police the nation's borders.

Mack served as Graham County sheriff from 1988-1997 and ran unsuccessfully as a Libertarian in Arizona's U.S. Senate race in 2006.

His lawyer says Mack is a lecturer on state sovereignty.

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