Judge Lets Mexico Have Voice In Lawsuit Challenging Arizona Immigration Enforcement Law

Judge lets Mexico have voice in lawsuit challenging Arizona immigration enforcement law

The Associated Press, July 1, 2010

Phoenix (AP) — Mexico gets to have a say in one of the lawsuits challenging Arizona's immigration enforcement law.

A federal judge on Thursday granted Mexico's request to be allowed to file a legal brief supporting the challenge. That means the judge will consider the brief Mexico submitted previously.

Mexico says it wants to defend its citizens' rights and that the law would lead to racial profiling and hinder trade and tourism. It also says the law would hinder work against drug trafficking and related violence.

The law's provisions include a requirement that police enforcing another law ask people about their immigration status if there's a 'reasonable suspicion' they're in the country illegally.

The law takes effect July 29 unless blocked by a court.