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Mexico urges court to block part of Arizona law

PHOENIX — The Mexican government is urging a U.S. court to prevent Arizona
from enforcing a minor section of the state’s immigration law that prohibited
the harboring of illegal immigrants.

Lawyers representing Mexico asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a filing
Wednesday to uphold a lower-court ruling that blocked police from enforcing the
ban.

Mexico argues in its friend-of-the-court brief that the ban harms diplomatic
relations between the United States and undermines America’s ability to speak to
a foreign country with one voice.

The harboring ban was in effect from late July 2010 until U.S. District Judge
Susan Bolton blocked its enforcement on Sept. 5.

Bolton had said two weeks before shelving the ban that she knew of no arrests
that were made under the provision.

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