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Kansas politicians seek reversal of AZ immigration ruling

Two leaders from the Kansas Legislature are urging a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court’s decision that put the most controversial elements of Arizona’s new immigration law on hold.

Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt and House Speaker Michael O’Neal filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco where Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is appealing the ruling.

A lawyer for both leaders from Kansas says if the appeals court agrees with the U.S. Justice Department’s argument that federal immigration law trumps the Arizona law, then the ability of all states to keep law and order will be substantially diminished.

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