PHOENIX, July 6 (UPI) -- The Obama administration has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop Arizona's immigration enforcement law.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department, following through on administration warnings that it would act against the Arizona measure, will claim the law goes against the concept that federal laws take precedence over state laws and that immigration is an area of federal concern.
Justice Department officials filed the suit Tuesday federal court in Phoenix.
Arizona lawmakers passed a measure, to go into effect July 29, that basically matches current U.S. regulations regarding illegal immigrants. The most controversial section of the law allows police to ask crime suspects for immigration documents.
That set off complaints, including from the president of Mexico, that the law would lead to racial profiling and target Hispanics in Arizona. As of the end of the month it will be a misdemeanor for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying documents already required by federal law.
There are an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants living in Arizona and the state's border with Mexico is considered a main crossing point for people to enter the United States illegally.