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Judge to hear arguments over Arizona ID theft laws

unemployment job applicationA judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday over whether to bar authorities from enforcing two Arizona laws that prohibit people from using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs.

The laws serve as the underpinning of more than 80 business raids by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office since 2008.

Those who are challenging the laws argue the statutes discriminate against immigrants and are trumped by federal law.

Attorneys defending the laws say the statutes don’t conflict with federal law and aren’t meant to confront immigration and instead are intended to combat identity theft.

In Maricopa County, five employers have been charged with violations related to hiring workers who weren’t in the country legally, while more than 700 such immigrants have been arrested in Arpaio’s raids.

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