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

Monday, July 12, 2010; A03

ARIZONA

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

FLORIDA

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.

Laquanda Tamel King, 33, told the child to lock the door, and he assumed she would be back soon, he told the deputy. A 14-month-old, a 22-month-old and a 3-year-old began to cry, so he patted their backs to comfort them, according to the report.

King and Michele Lavett Bell, 41, both of Orlando, were arrested on 13 counts each of child neglect.

As she was being led to a deputy's car on her way to the Orange County jail, King said she left the children alone because center owner Ednita Williams owed her "over $100." King also said Williams, 48, knew the employees planned to walk off the job. Bell did not speak.

Williams denied knowing the children would be alone.

-- Associated Press

Marines embed with L.A. police officers: About 70 Camp Pendleton Marines have been patrolling the streets of Los Angeles's toughest neighborhoods with the city police to learn skills they hope to apply in Afghanistan. The Marines say learning to work like an officer on a beat will help them better track the Taliban, build relationships with Afghans leery of foreign troops and make them better teachers as they try to professionalize an Afghan police force beset by corruption. The week-long exercise involved Marines dressed in jeans and T-shirts observing drug busts. It was the largest group of Marines to embed with the city's officers.

-- Associated Press

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