SB 1070 opponents file new offensive against controversial immigration law

PHOENIX - Opponents of Arizona's hardline immigration enforcement law have launched a new effort to thwart a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will allow police to enforce the so-called "show me your papers" provision.

A coalition of civil rights groups, religious leaders and business organizations filed a new request Tuesday seeking a court order that would prevent authorities from enforcing a rule that requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons.

The groups are asking U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to block enforcement of the requirement before it takes effect. They argue that Latinos in Arizona would face systematic racial profiling and unreasonably long detentions under the contentious section of the 2010 law.

A spokesman for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer calls the latest legal challenge "unsurprising."

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