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State asks alien law challenge be tossed
PHOENIX | Attorneys for Gov. Jan Brewer have asked a judge to throw out the U.S. Justice Department’s challenge to Arizona’s new immigration law.
The governor’s lawyers said Monday the federal government hasn’t shown it has incurred actual harm from the law and instead bases its claim on speculation.
The federal government says the state law is trumped by federal law and that it has hurt U.S. relations with Mexico. It is scheduled to take effect Thursday.
Attorneys for Mrs. Brewer say Mexico’s disapproval of the law doesn’t make it unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is considering requests by the Justice Department, a Phoenix police officer and civil rights groups to put the law on hold.
Mayor to stop taking high pay
BELL | The mayor of Bell apologized Monday for the excessive salaries paid to city officials and said he will step down after completing his term without pay.
Mayor Oscar Hernandez said in a statement posted on the Bell city clerk’s website that the salaries were indefensible.
Four of the five members of the City Council earn about $100,000 a year for running the blue-collar city of about 40,000 people.
Mr. Hernandez, who last week defended the city’s salaries, said he will not collect any pay for the remainder of his term, which expires in March.
Earlier in the day, the city said in a statement that the City Council intended to drastically reduce their pay at meeting Monday night.
Bell’s city manager, police chief and assistant city manager all resigned last week, days after it was revealed they were making salaries totaling $1.6 million a year.
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