ACLU, Arizona give arguments over no-bail law

ACLU, Arizona give arguments over no-bail law

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By PAUL ELIAS
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has urged a federal appeals court to strike down an Arizona law that denies bail to immigrants in the country illegally, a voter-approved measure that Arizona's lawyers call necessary to prevent criminal suspects from fleeing the U.S.

ACLU attorney Cecelia Wang on Tuesday asked a 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel to find the law unconstitutional, saying people in the country illegally who are charged with crimes are being unfairly singled out as flight risks.

Arizona Assistant Attorney General Tim Casey argues that the law keeps the state safe and "undocumented workers out of the country."

Arizona passed the no-bail law in 2006 as it targeted illegal immigration through a series of measures in the Legislature and at the ballot box. Two other states have similar laws.

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