Herrera joins in urging feds to stop Ariz. immigration law 

City Attorney Dennis Herrera today joined public sector law offices representing 14 cities and counties from six states urging a federal judge in Arizona to halt implementation of SB 1070, the “draconian new anti-immigration law” until its constitutionality is determined, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

Jurisdictions joining in the amicus curiae brief in support of Arizona plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction are: the County of Santa Clara, Calif.; Baltimore, Md.; Berkeley, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif.; the County of Los Angeles, Calif.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Monterey County, Calif.; New Haven, Conn.; Palo Alto, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Saint Paul, Minn.; the City and County of San Francisco, Calif.; San Jose, , Calif.; and Seattle, Wash.  The brief, which is dated June 15, was served on parties in the case late yesterday, Herrera’s Office said.

The public sector filing in support of a preliminary injunction argues that the controversial Arizona law conflates the distinct roles and responsibilities of federal and local governments, impermissibly requiring local governments to regulate immigration, and undermining the ability of local law enforcement to ensure public safety, Herrera said.

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