Jun 18, 2014 2:17 PM by Associated Press

Suit challenges Arizona sheriff's business raids

PHOENIX (AP) - Immigrant rights advocates are challenging business raids by an Arizona sheriff's office that have led to the arrests of immigrant workers on charges of using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs.

A lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of two of the arrested workers alleges hundreds of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally have been singled out in such cases, while only a small number of employers have had court cases brought against them on illegal hiring allegations.

Arpaio's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning.

The agency has conducted 83 raids since a state law took effect in 2008 that prohibits employers from knowingly hiring immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Supporters of the raids say the law helps combat identity theft.

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