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Feds may sue Arizona over immigration law

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Feds may sue Arizona over immigration law

Holder: Civil rights could be violated by new law

  • Attorney General Eric Holder
    Attorney General Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday that the Justice Department is considering suing Arizona over its new immigration law.

"We are considering all of our options. One possibility is filing a lawsuit," Holder said NBC's "Meet the Press," reports CNN. Possible grounds for the lawsuit would be whether the Arizona law could lead to civil rights violations, he said.

Critics say the new law will lead to racial profiling, while supporters say it involves no racial profiling and is needed to crack down on increasing crime involving illegal immigrants.

While Holder doesn't believe the law is racist, he told ABC News that he's more concerned about how it will be enforced.

"I don't think it's racist in its motivation. But I think
the concern I have is how it will be perceived and how it perhaps could
be enacted, how it could be carried out. I think we could potentially
get on a slippery slope where people will be picked on because of how
they look as opposed to what they have done, and that is I think
something that we have to try to avoid at all costs."

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