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Flagstaff votes to sue over immigration law

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

The council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of the resolution before a crowd that initially numbered in the hundreds but 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 and others had expressed concern about spending scant resources on a lawsuit, but he ultimately voted in favor of the measure.

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  1. Sue who and for what? Spell it out Times. Is the council suing the feds or the state? In either case, the council has been exposed to too much thin air.

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