- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its decision reinstating Arizona identity theft laws that were used to charge hundreds of immigrants accused of using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs.

A three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday declined to review its May decision that threw out a preliminary injunction stopping Arizona from enforcing the laws. No judge on the full 9th Circuit wanted to grant a rehearing.

A lower court judge had said immigrant-rights advocates were likely to succeed in claiming the laws were trumped by federal immigration law. But the 9th Circuit said in its May decision that the laws have been used to go after U.S. citizens, not just immigrants, so federal immigration law is not always a factor.

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