Judge needs more time on immigration lawsuit

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Georgia's immigration lawsuit

A federal judge heard arguments Monday on a request by civil liberties groups.

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments on a request by civil liberties groups to block Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect until a legal challenge has been resolved, but said he would not make an immediate ruling.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash heard arguments Monday from groups seeking to block the law and from lawyers for the state who want the lawsuit dismissed. After the hearing, Thrash said he needs more time to consider the arguments.

The civil liberties groups say the law is unconstitutional. The state says it should be immune from such challenges and that the law is needed.

The Georgia law has some similarities to laws enacted in Arizona and Utah, parts or all of which have already been blocked by federal judges.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.)

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