- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Immigrant rights advocates have asked an appeals court to reconsider its decision that threw out a lower-court ruling that barred enforcement of identity theft laws that served as the legal foundation for business raids once conducted by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The advocates say the May 2 ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals conflicts with other appellate court cases and leaves immigrants without protection from the raids.

The appeals court threw out a ruling that barred enforcement of two laws that target people who use stolen or fake IDs to get jobs.

Arpaio raided 83 businesses and arrested more than 700 immigrants on such charges from 2008 until late 2014.

He hasn’t said whether he plans to restart the raids.

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