On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with police chiefs from several big cities—including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Houston and Philadelphia—who are concerned about the potential effects of Arizona’s SB 1070 on relations between law enforcement officers and their own communities. —KA
The Wall Street Journal:
Attorney General Eric Holder, weighing a likely challenge to Arizona’s new immigration law, met Wednesday with a group of big-city policy chiefs who oppose the law on the grounds that it could hurt crime-fighting efforts.
Among those at the meeting were chiefs from Phoenix and Tucson, who expressed concern that police officers are being dragged into the nation’s volatile immigration debate.
A Justice Department legal team is reviewing the Arizona law and studying ways to bring a legal challenge. One section of the department has already drawn up a possible civil complaint that would contend the state law infringes on federal law. Mr. Holder hasn’t made a final decision, but officials expect a legal challenge could come soon.