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U.S. lawmakers join to oppose SB 1070 before court

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U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ

A group of 68 members of the U.S. House of Representatives will file a "friend of the court" brief in opposition to Arizona's controversial and tough immigration law.

The group is being led by Rep. Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat. The briefing is being delivered to the U.S. Supreme Court to remind justices that the lawmakers do not support SB 1070 law.

"I think there's a growing feeling among the American people that our values are different and this is such, such urgency - both socially and economically and politically - that the sides have to come together," Grijalva said.

Yet Grijalva is drawing another line in the sand and asks the judges to rule SB 1070 unconstitutional.

"The solution is to take this broken system, craft a comprehensive immigration reform that allows a labor pool necessary for the jobs that we have and are not being done by Americans, to do a path of legalization for those families and individuals," Grijalva said.

The group said it hopes to remind the court that federal immigration law should outweigh anything on a state level. 

"This is the responsibility of the United States, Congress and the federal government," Grijalva said.

One of the biggest provisions the lawmakers oppose is one that allows officers to check immigration status despite probable cause to do so, Grijalva said. 

The Supreme Court is expected to hear these proceedings immediately after hearings currently being held about healthcare reform.

Stay with CBS 5 and CBS5AZ.com for details as this story develops.

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