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      Mexico asks court to reject Ariz. immigration law

      PHOENIX (AP) " Mexico is asking a federal court in Arizona to declare the state's new immigration law unconstitutional.

      Lawyers for Mexico on Tuesday submitted a legal brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the law.

      The law generally requires police investigating another incident or crime to ask people about their immigration status if there's a "reasonable suspicion" they're in the country illegally.

      It also makes being in Arizona illegally a misdemeanor, and it prohibits seeking day-labor work along the state's streets.

      Mexico says its interest in having consistent relations with the United States shouldn't be frustrated by one state.

      Mexico also says it has a legitimate interest in defending its citizens' rights and that the law would lead to racial profiling.

      Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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