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Friday, July 6, 2012 - 10:59am

State: High Court's AZ Ruling Supports GA Law

The state of Georgia said Friday its law targeting illegal immigration should be upheld in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on a similar law enacted by Arizona.

Georgia made the arguments in a filing Friday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The state’s filing said a provision of its law that is currently blocked "bears close similarity in all material respects" to a section of Arizona's law that was upheld by the high court.

The state also argued Georgia's law has no provisions that are similar to the sections of the Arizona law the court struck down.

Friday is the deadline for lawyers involved in federal appeals court cases challenging Georgia and Alabama's immigration laws to submit new briefs based on the Supreme Court ruling.

The appeals court has said it would wait for the Supreme Court’s ruling before settling those cases.

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