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Legal challenges to Arizona immigration law multiply

Three legal challenges to the Arizona immigration law have already been filed in federal court in Arizona, asking judges to block implementation of the statute and declare it unconstitutional.

Two protesters of the Arizona immigration law stood outside Wrigley Field in Chicago before the opening game of the Chicago Cubs' series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday.

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Advocates from immigrant rights groups set the stage on Thursday for a major legal showdown in the federal courts over the constitutionality of the tough new Arizona immigration law.

In a news conference on the grounds of the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, leaders from the groups pledged to file a “vigorous and sophisticated” challenge to the law.

“If this law were implemented, citizens would effectively have to carry ‘their papers’ at all times to avoid arrest,” said Alessandra Soler Meetze, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona. “It is a low point in modern America when a state law requires police to demand documents from people on the street.”

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