The Tucson City Council has voted to sue Arizona and try to overturn its new immigration law.
The 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.
Mayor Bob Walkup says much of Tucson’s economy is derived from Mexican tourists who come to vacation and shop.
Council members say the cost to enforce the new immigration law will be overly excessive. They also say their suit won’t cost taxpayers anything because it will be handled by Tucson staff attorneys, with assistance expected to come from other cities and counties that oppose the law.
Councilman Steve Kozachik voted against the suit. He says the law is clearly flawed and presents enforcement problems, but Arizona needs “to de-escalate the conversation” and a lawsuit runs counter to that goal