- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County’s sheriff and top prosecutor are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the prosecutions of hundreds of immigrant workers on charges that they used fake or stolen IDs to get jobs.

The offices of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Bill Montgomery argued the lawsuit should be dismissed, in part, because those who filed the case lack legal standing.

Lawyers challenging employment-related identity theft cases by Arpaio’s office and other police agencies have argued that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally have been singled out in such cases, while only a small number of employers have had court cases brought against them on allegations of illegal hiring.

Arpaio has vowed to continue business raids to combat the problem of employers hiring immigrants who aren’t in the country legally.

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