U.S. might launch 2nd suit against Arizona immigration law, Holder says

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Monday, July 12, 2010


2nd lawsuit weighed on immigration law

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Sunday that if the federal government does not stop Arizona's immigration law from taking effect, it might launch a second legal challenge to combat any racial profiling that occurs.

The Obama administration is suing Arizona over the law, set to take effect July 29, which would make it a state crime for someone to be in the country illegally. During "lawful stops," local law enforcement officers will be required to question people about their immigration status if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they might be illegal immigrants.

In its July 6 court filing, the Justice Department argued that the Arizona law is unconstitutional because the power to set immigration policy and enforce it resides with the federal government and not the states.

On CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Holder said that if the law takes effect, the Justice Department might have grounds for a second challenge.

The Justice Department might "look at the impact the law has had and whether or not -- see whether or not there has been that racial profiling impact," Holder said. "And if that was the case, we would have the tools and we would bring suit on that basis."

-- Lyndsey Layton


Boy cares for 12 kids left alone at center

A 9-year-old boy took care of 12 other children when they were left alone for up to an hour by day-care center workers apparently upset with their boss, said the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Florida.

The boy, who was not named in a sheriff's report, told a deputy that he and the other children were watching a cartoon on television when three workers left All Star's Child Care in Pine Hills, Fla.

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