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2 Arizona city councils vote to sue over new law

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May 5, 2010 01:53 AM EST | AP

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Another city council in Arizona has voted to sue over the new state immigration law.

The Flagstaff City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of the resolution before a crowd that initially numbered in the hundreds but dwindled significantly as the night wore on.

Earlier Tuesday, the Tucson City Council voted to sue Arizona in an effort to overturn the law.

The state law requires local and state law enforcement officers to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.

The Flagstaff resolution says it's an unfunded mandate to carry out the responsibilities of the federal government. The council's vote directs the city attorney to retain legal counsel.

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – Another city council in Arizona has voted to sue over the new state immigration law.

The Flagstaff City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night in favor of the resolution before a crowd that initially numbered in the hundreds but dwindled significantly as the night wore on.

Earlier Tuesday, the Tucson City Council voted to sue Arizona in an effort to overturn the law.

The state law requires local and state law enforcement officers to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.

The Flagstaff resolution says it's an unfunded mandate to carry out the responsibilities of the federal government. The council's vote directs the city attorney to retain legal counsel.

Councilman Scott Overton voted against the resolution, saying the move is premature.

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