Ariz. immigration law opponents file new offensive

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PHOENIX (AP) - Opponents of Arizona's hardline immigration enforcement law have launched a new effort aimed at thwarting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that will allow police to enforce the so-called "show me your papers" provision.

A coalition of civil rights groups, religious leaders and business organizations that have previously challenged the law filed a new request Tuesday seeking a court order that would prevent police from enforcing a rule requiring officers to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons in cases of reasonable suspicion.

The groups are asking a judge to block enforcement of the provision before it takes effect, potentially this week, arguing that Latinos in Arizona would face systematic racial profiling and unreasonably long detentions under the contentious section of the 2010 law.

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