Arizona

Aug 7, 2014 8:58 PM by Associated Press

Order sought to bar certain ID theft prosecutions

PHOENIX (AP) - Immigrant rights advocates challenging business raids by an Arizona sheriff's office have asked a judge to bar Maricopa County officials from charging people with identity theft on allegations that they used fake or stolen IDs to get jobs.

Lawyers who filed a lawsuit over employment-related identity theft cases by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office and other police agencies argue in court papers filed Thursday that the state laws in question are trumped by federal law.

Arpaio aide Jack MacIntyre says the laws are valid and meant to battle the problem of identity theft.

The lawsuit asks a judge to conclude a state law banning employers from hiring immigrants living in the U.S. illegally is discriminatory.

Supporters of the raids say the law has helped combat identity theft.

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