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A.G. Huddles With Top Cops About Arizona Law

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.

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