A Latino clergy group says it will file the first lawsuit challenging Arizona's new immigration law.
The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders will file in federal court in Phoenix Thursday. The group says they will ask for an injunction to prevent authorities from enforcing the law when it goes into effect this summer.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund are also planning lawsuits. And U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government may challenge the law as well.
Opponents of the law have until late July or the beginning of August to file more than 76,000 signatures, which is the same time the law goes into effect. With enough signatures, the law would be delayed.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama told reporters aboard Air Force One Wednesday that there "may not be an appetite" in Congress to deal with immigration reform this year. With midterm elections approaching, Obama said he did not want to force a bill through, "just for the sake of politics."
"What I think is a mistake is when we start having local law enforcement officials given the power to stop people on the suspicions that they may be undocumented workers," he told reporters. "That carries a great amount of risk."