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Tucson City Council suing over immigration law

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

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  1. Sb 1071 conflicts with federal civil rights law – Tucson could argue that to enforce sb 1071 would be illegal.

    USC Title 18§ 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any inhabitant of any State, Territory, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the U…nited States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such inhabitant being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results shall be subject to imprisonment for any term of years or for life

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