The Justice Department is reviewing Georgia’s tough new immigration law and is discussing it with businessmen and law enforcement officials here, but it has not decided to sue to block the statute like it has in four other states, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Tony West said Tuesday. West pointed out that the Obama administration is suing to block a similar law in Alabama and that both its law and Georgia’s statute are scheduled to come under review by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta at the end of this month. “Certainly, many of the issues we would raise in a lawsuit against Georgia we are raising in a lawsuit against Alabama and are going to be heard by the 11th Circuit,” West told reporters after speaking in downtown Atlanta at a symposium on the constitutionality of state immigration laws. – AJC 03.01.2012

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