- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2011

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil liberties groups on Wednesday filed a request urging a federal judge to block Georgia’s crackdown on illegal immigration from taking effect until a pending legal challenge is resolved.

The groups asked the judge to block the law until a lawsuit they filed last week is resolved. That suit claims the new law violates state and federal law but did not initially include a request for an injunction.

The lawsuit names Gov. Nathan Deal and other state officials as defendants.

The law authorizes law enforcement to check the immigration status of a suspect who cannot provide accepted identification.

Georgia’s law is similar to a Utah law enacted this year and to parts of an Arizona law. All or parts of those laws temporarily have been blocked by federal judges.

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