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AZ lawmaker joins chorus against SB 1070

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Rep. Raul Grijalva Rep. Raul Grijalva

An Arizona congressman is joining 67 other lawmakers in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule Arizona's SB 1070 unconstitutional.

Rep. Raul Grijalva wants the high court to acknowledge that federal immigration laws trump the state law.

Gov. Jan Brewer and other SB 1070 supporters say the feds simply aren't doing their job.

Separately, the Anti-Defamation League filed a document Tuesday with the Supreme Court, stating it would undermine essential state and federal hate crimes legislation.

Robert G. Sugarman, ADL national chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director, issued the following statement:

"Arizona's harsh anti-immigration law would exacerbate fear in immigrant communities and make them feel increasingly vulnerable to hate crimes. Victims and witnesses of hate-motivated attacks would be reluctant to speak to police for fear of repercussions as those same officers would be required to enforce immigration laws.

"Rather than make Arizona more secure, this law would drive a wedge between local law enforcement and the communities they are supposed to protect. The law grew out of a frenzy of anti-immigrant rhetoric in Arizona, and has no place in a nation committed to protecting and defending those victims who are attacked due to hate, discrimination and bigotry. While secure borders are a legitimate concern, this law is unwise and should not be implemented."

The Supreme Court is expected to take up the case in April.

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